First McIntosh-Patterson Doctoral Scholar, Jade Sandstedt, successfully defends thesis


The first McIntosh-Patterson Doctoral Scholar, Jade Sandstedt

The AMC is proud to announce that on 20 March 2019, Jade Sandstedt, the first beneficiary of the McIntosh-Patterson Doctoral Studentship, passed his viva voce examination with flying colours and a recommendation of only minor corrections.

Jade’s doctoral thesis Feature specifications and contrast in vowel harmony: The orthography and phonology of Old Norwegian height harmony focused on corpus data for the orthography and phonology of Old Norwegian vowel harmony, contributing to both the fields of Norse philology and theoretical phonology.

During his time at Edinburgh Jade kept very busy indeed: beside producing a stellar thesis and a number of conference papers, he was also awarded the prestigious Philological Society of Great Britain R. H. Robins student Prize for his article “Transparency and blocking in Old Norwegian vowel harmony”, now published in the Transactions of the Philological Society (2017, 115(3)).

His next step will be to take up a postdoctoral position in Nordic linguistics at Humboldt University of Berlin starting in April 2019. We wish him all the best.

Congratulations, Dr. Sandstedt!

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