The countdown has begun: my PhD applications are in, to be followed by grant applications later this year (right now I am employed enough with other work). This will surely call for the long-imminent rebranding of this blog away from the current title Freelance reconstruction. New title ideas are being brainstormed already.
The project pitch has been simple yet ambitious enough: I’m going to be grappling more with Historical Phonology Hard Mode, i.e. the reconstruction of Uralic vocalism. I don’t think I will be revolutionarizing the field entirely though (a single PhD is too short for that!). Primarily I will be putting together topics to move the reconstruction of Proto-Uralic further away from Finnic, to be tied up in an article thesis; preliminary title: “Innovations in Finnic vocalism“. Blog readers actually will be able to recognize much material along these lines having already been featured on this blog in some incipient form.
- Additional notes on the long vowels and their history
- A full article on palatal unpacking at last, likely also similarly on the shift *je > *i.
- An extended review on *ä-backing and various implications thereof (I lament to note that parts 2 and 3, sitting tight in my drafts, may consequently never gain a blog post release)
- A historiographical review on the reconstruction and development (1, 2) of Proto-Uralic *ë.
There will be also entirely unpublished but already charted-out research coming up, e.g.