Professor Andreas Willi MA, DPhil

Professor Andreas Willi
Department: 
Faculty of Linguistics, Philology and Phonetics
College office: 
Diebold Professor of Comparative Philology, Professorial Fellow
Background: 

Andreas Willi (*1972, Altstätten/Switzerland) studied Classics, Slavonic Languages and Literatures and Historical-Comparative Linguistics at the Universities of Basel, Lausanne, and Fribourg in Switzerland as well as at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. After writing his doctoral thesis on sociolinguistic variation in Ancient Greek at the University of Oxford, he worked as Oberassistent in Classics (Latin and Greek Philology) at the University of Basel, before becoming a member of the Swiss Institute at Rome and then moving back to Oxford in 2005.

Research interests: 

Andreas Willi has worked extensively on sociolinguistic and dialectal variation in Ancient Greek, on language contact and the language-literature-culture interface in the ancient world, with a special focus on Sicily, and also on Classical (Greek and Latin) literature. At the moment one of his main interests is the history and prehistory of the Greek (and Indo-European) verbal system, in particular the development of tense-aspect categories both from a formal (reconstructive) and a functional (philological) point of view. This focus is supplemented by - mainly morphological and etymological - studies on other ancient Indo-European languages, including Latin, Umbrian, Old Irish, Old Church Slavonic, and Hittite.