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I do research in the Indo-European languages and their relationship. I have primarily been occupied with the Slavic languages and their relations to the Baltic languages, but I am interested in all branches of Indo-European. The aim of much of my research is to contribute to the reconstruction of the proto-language from which all Indo-European languages descend, a proto-language that we have learned a good deal about through comparison of the oldest stages of the attested Indo-European languages.
My current research focus is on the Indo-European homeland problem, i.e. the question of where and when Proto-Indo-European was spoken, and how it diverged into the branches we know today (Anatolian, Tokharian, Celtic, Germanic, Greek, Armenian, Albanian, Indo-Iranian and Balto-Slavic).
I am also interested in Danish phonology, morphology and syntax and in the historical grammar of Danish.
Primary fields of research
- comparative Indo-European linguistics
- reconstruction of the Indo-European proto-language
- the Indo-European homeland
- historical grammar of Slavic
- historical grammar of Baltic and Balto-Slavic
- historical grammar of other Indo-European languages
My current project is the cross-disciplinary research project The homeland: In the footprints of the early Indo-Europeans (2015–2018), financed by the Carlsberg Foundation. The project aims at establishing where and when the earliest stages of the Indo-European language branches where spoken, thus pinning down where and when the Indo-European proto-language was spoken.
In 2015 I published a monograph on the development of the inflexional system from Proto-Indo-European to Slavic (Proto-Slavic inflectional morphology).
I teach various Indo-European disciplines, including the historical grammar of specific Indo-European languages and Indo-European morphology.
Within the field of Danish language I have taught Danish phonetics, morphology, syntax and historical grammar
I have also taught Bulgarian language.
- PublishedOlander, T. 2015 Leiden / Boston: Brill. 439 p. (Brill's Studies in Indo-European Languages & Linguistics, Vol. 14).
Publication: Research - peer-review › Book