Birgit Anette Rasmussen (Olsen)
Following the Velux project Individual, kin and family in prehistoric Europe - what words can tell (2013-16), my primary research field at present is the interface between language and culture where I am particularly occupied with the Indo-European social structure as reflected in the vocabulary.
I am also working on a monograph on Indo-European word formation, and contiously I write articles on Indo-European linguistics, most lately on Greek and Latin historical morphology and on Armenian phonology.
Primary fields of research
While I take a broad interest in Indo-European language and culture in general, the following areas are particularly important in my previous and current research:
- Indo-European morphology, especially nominal word formation
- Indo-European morphophonemics and phonemics, especially the laryngeal theory and consonantal alternations
- Indo-European lexicon and palaeolinguistics, e.g. with respect to kinship terms and social institutions
- Classical Armenian phonology, morphology and etymology
Through the years I have taught a variety of subjects within Indo-European studies:
- Historical linguistics
- Introduction to Indo-European studies
- Introduction to linguistics - historical part
- Indo-European and the Indo-Europeans
- Indo-European phonology
- Indo-European morphology
- Indo-European word formation
- Indo-European vocabulary
- Laryngeal theory
- Seminars on recent literature
- Roots of Europe
- Indo-Iranian, Sanskrit, Vedic, Avestan and Old Persian
- Latin and Italic
- Gothic and panorama of ancient Germanic languages
- Old Irish
Additionally, I have taught propaedeutic Greek and Latin and ancient literature.
Most recent courses:
I am happy to supervise all subjects within Indo-European language and culture: phonology, morphophonemics, morphology, lexicon and archaeolinguistics. Moreover, subjects dealing with specific branches, with particular pleasure within Armenian, Indo-Iranian, Greek and Italic.