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Matilde Serangeli

Institut für Orientalistik, Indogermanistik, Ur- und Frühgeschichtliche Archäologie

Seminar für Indogermanistik

Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena
Zwätzengasse 12a
D–07743 Jena




I am a historical linguist and classical philologist with a strong interest in cross-disciplinary approaches to the study of ancient languages and cultures. I was trained at the University of Rome ‘La Sapienza’, where I earned my BA and MA in Classics, and at the University of Cologne, where I obtained my Ph.D. in historical linguistics with a dissertation on the Lycian language, an Anatolian language from South Turkey attested in the 1st millennium BCE.

I subsequently gained a Marie Skłodowska-Curie fellowship at the centre Roots of Europe Research (RoE) at the University of Copenhagen, where I carried out a research project on the open debate regarding the position of Anatolian within the IE languages through the analysis of semantic and morphological developments attested for roots shared by both Anatolian and the so-called Core IE. Since 2016 I added an archaeolinguistic angle to my research profile by intensifying my interests in the reconstruction of prehistoric culture and society through a cross-disciplinary approach which includes comparative linguistics and neighbour disciplines such as archaeology.

Since October 2018 I serve as a Research Associate at the Department of Indo-European Studies at the University of Jena.

My primary fields of research are:

- Comparative Indo-European Linguistics

- Anatolian Languages and Linguistics

- Greek and Latin Philology and Linguistics

- Etymology

- Language contact phenomena

- Archaeolinguistics




Ph.D. student, Dept. of Historical-Comparative Linguistics, University of Cologne (Germany). Dissertation: Sprachkontakt im alten Anatolien: das Lykische aus synchroner und diachroner Perspektive. Supervisor: Prof. José Luis García Ramón. External evaluator: Prof. Heiner Eichner (Vienna). Summa cum laude.


Erasmus Scholar, Dept. of Linguistics, Ruprecht-Karls University of Heidelberg.


BA and MA student, Dept. of Classics, University of Rome ‘La Sapienza’. BA thesis: La Lidia e l’Asia Minore nei frammenti di Ipponatte; Supervisor: Prof. Albio Cesare Cassio; cum laude. MA thesis: Le più antiche scritture di Cipro; Supervisor: Prof. Albio Cesare Cassio; cum laude.


10/2016 - 09/2018

Marie Skłodowska-Curie Postdoctoral Fellow, Dept. of Indo-European Studies, Institute for Nordic Studies and Linguistics, University of Copenhagen. Project: ‘The Linguistic Origins of Europe: Word-formation and Lexicon in Anatolian and Core Indo-European’.

01 - 06/2016

Graduate Assistant with administrative and research duties, Dept. of Historical-Comparative Linguistics, Institute of Linguistics, University of Cologne.

03 - 09/2015

Research Associate with teaching, administrative and research duties, Dept. of Historical Comparative Linguistics, University of Cologne. BA and MA Student Advisory Service.


10/2016 - 09/ 2018 Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellow, Horizon 2020

11/2017 - 01/2018 Fellow, Department of Linguistics, Harvard University

10/2011 – 09/2014 A.r.t.e.s. Ph.D. Scholar, Graduate School for Humanities, Cologne

10/2010 – 07/2011 DAAD, Ph.D. Scholar, Univ. of Cologne

12/04 - 24/09/2010 Leonardo graduate project scholar, University of Rome “Tor Vergata”



11/2017 - 01/2018 Dept. of Linguistics at Harvard University (Massachusetts)

3/07 - 6/08/2012 Dept. of Linguistics at the University of Vienna (Austria)



2018 Fall

Dep. of IE Studies, University of Jena, Germany (BA/MA level): Areal Linguistics

2017 Spring

Roots of Europe, NorS, University of Copenhagen: 1. Epigraphy and Language (Mycenaean Greek, Alphabetic Greek, Latin, Anatolian); 2. Anatolian Languages; 28th July, RoE Summer School: Anatolian and Indo-European: language relations in time and space


Institute of IE Studies, Cologne (BA/MA level): 1. Phrygian; 2. Language Contact Phenomena in the Ancient World (: Greek in Sicily/not IE languages; Latin, Greek/Continental Celtic; Greek/Anatolian; Greek/Phrygian); 3. Language and Historical Grammar of Ancient Greek I and II; 4. Ancient Greek Grammar and Translation; 4. Introduction to the Anatolian Languages I and II. 5. Poetic Language (Dichtersprache): The Language of Homer and Hesiod.




Main organizer: International cross-disciplinary conference ‘The Split: Reconstructing Early Indo-European Language and Culture’, RoE, NorS, University of Copenhagen;


Organizing committee: Annual Conference of the Graduate School A.r.t.e.s.: Sprache … und Relativität, Übersetzung, Evolution, Identität, University of Cologne, Faculty of Humanities.


Since 03/2017 Society for Classical Studies (until 2014: American Philological Association)

Since 06/2015 Indogermanische Gesellschaft

Since 2012 CCLS, Cologne Centre for Language Sciences; Research Network Sprachwandel



May 2018

1 co-presentation The Diseases of the Indo-Europeans (and 1 co-written paper, in preparation) with Martin Sikora (GeoGenetic Center, Copenhagen) at the conference When Language meets Archaeology and Genetics (Gothenburg) organized by K. Kristiansen and G. Kroonen.


Anatolian expert within the project IELex 2; Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History, Dept. of Linguistics and Cultural Evolution, University of Jena.


Research journey in Lycia within the ÖAI-project Archäologisch-sprachwissenschaftliches Corpus der Denkmäler mit lykischer Schrift, directed by Martin Seyer and Birgit Christiansen (Vienna).

2011- 2012

Member of the VIGONI-EU project ‘The epitheta deorum in ancient Greece: Aiolis and Laconia’ directed by J. L. García Ramón (Cologne) and M. Cantilena (Milan UCSC) and funded by the Deutsch-Italienisch Hochschulzentrum and DAAD.


Invited Speaker

7. 2018. The Diseases of the Indo-Europeans. Summer Event at the National Museum of Denmark in collaboration with Roots of Europe Center. Copenhagen, 7-12 August 2018. My presentation at

6. 2018. Person in charge of the panel discussion on Linguistic contacts in Asia Minor. Beyond all Boundaries: Anatolia in the 1st Millennium B.C. International conference organized by the University Bern. Institut für Archäologische Wissenschaften. Ascona, 17-22 June 2018.

5. 2018. Reconstructing Indo-European Diseases. The case of the Plague. When Archaeology meets Genetics and Linguistics, University of Gothenburg, 2-4 May 2018. Organizers: Kristian Kristiansen, Guus Kroonen, Eske Willerslev.

4. 2017. Some Linguistic Remarks on South-West Anatolian Inscriptions. 2017-2018 GSAS Workshop in Indo-European and Historical Linguistics. Department of Linguistics. Harvard University, 8 December 2017.

3. 2017. Greco ταπεινός ‘(che giace in) basso, umile, meschino’. Tra letteratura, linguistica ed epigrafia. Giornata di studi in onore di Albio Cesare Cassio in occasione del suo 70mo compleanno. Università Ca' Foscari - Venezia, 28 aprile 2017.

2. 2017. Lycian PN Tm̃peime/i-. Current Research on Lycian. International Workshop of the Project Digital Philological-Etymological Dictionary of the Minor Ancient Anatolian Corpus Languages. Munich, 16-17 February 2017.

1. 2016. Kinship terms in Anatolian. Kin, clan and community - a symposium on Indo-European social institutions. Copenhagen, 17 May 2016.


Other Talks

16. 2018. Gk. ταπεινός ‘low-lying, humble’ and IE *temp- ‘to stretch, extend’. Annual Meeting of the Society for Classic Studies. Boston, 4-7 January.

15. 2017. Complementary Roots. The case of IE *ten- and its variants. The Split: Reconstructing Early Indo-European Language and Culture. Copenhagen, 13-15 September.

14. 2017. IE *temp- ‘stretch’: Semantic Shifts and Caland System. 3. Indogermanistisches Forschungskolloquium. Vienna, 20-21 April.

13. 2015. PIE *melh1-: Some Anatolian and Greek Thoughts. 27th Annual UCLA Indo-European Conference. Los Angeles, 23-24 October.

12. 2015. Lykische s-Verben und sḱe/o-Bildungen im Anatolischen. 100 Jahre Entzifferung des Hethitischen. Morphosyntaktische Kategorien in Sprachgeschichte und Forschung (Marburg, 21.-23. September 2015).

11. 2015. Anmerkungen zum lykischen Verb. Erstes Indogermanistisches Forschungskolloquium. Erlangen, 26.-27. März.

10. 2014. (zusammen mit Prof. Dr. J. L. García Ramón, Dr. D. Kölligan und F. Thies). The Infinitives in the Indo-European Languages: synchrony, diachrony and reconstruction. CCLS Lecture Series. Sprachwissenschaftliche Ringvorlesung des Cologne Centre of Language Sciences, 17.11.2014.

9. 2014. Studies on Lycian Language: Accent and Verbal Morphology. IX. International Congress of Hittitology. Çorum 1-7 September.

8. 2013. Die lykischen Fluchformeln: Der Fall von Malija. I. Grazer Kolloquium der Indogermanischen Altertumskunde, Graz 14.-15. November.

7. 2013. ‚Doppelter Dativ‘ und Dativ mit Infinitiv im Lykischen. 32. Deutscher Orientalistentag Münster 23.-27. September.

6. 2013. Idalion ed Afrodite: una nuova interpretazione. Secondo Colloquio Progetto Vigoni (Università Cattolica di Milano – Università di Colonia). Milano, 14 febbraio.

5. 2012. Some Linguistic Aspects of the Lycian–Greek Bilingual Inscriptions. Classics Research Seminars. Rome, 8-10 October.

4. 2012. Personal names and Lexicon in the Indo–European Word Formation of the Aegean. The Case of Lycian MN Xlasitini, xal-/xla(i)- ‘take control of, dominate’ and IE *h2el- ‘nourish’. Genres épigraphiques et langues d’attestation fragmentaire dans l’espace méditerranéen. Rouen, 25-27 June.

3. 2012. Lycian-Greek Bilingual Inscriptions: a Case of Diglossia?. Classical Association Annual Conference. Exeter, 11-14 April.

2. 2012. Religiöse Namen in den epichorischen Inschriften Lykiens. Workshop „Divine Epithets in Ancient Greece“Vigoni Project Cologne/Milan. Köln, 3. Februar.

1. 2011. Sprachkontakt im alten Anatolien: Das Lykische aus synchroner und diachroner Perspektive. ZSM Doktorandenkolloquium. Köln, 11. Juli.



Jena, 17th October 2018







In preparation:

16. The Diseases of the Indo-European speaking peoples. The Case of the Plague. Co-written paper (together with Martin Sikora, Center for GeoGenetics, Copenhagen). In: Kristian Kristiansen and Guus Kroonen (eds.), Proceedings of the conference When Archaeology meets Linguistics and Genetics (Gothenburg, 2-4 May). Cambridge University Press.

15. Complementary Roots. In a peer-reviewed journal.

14. Some remarks on Germ. GN Tamfana (Tac. Ann. 1.51). In a peer-reviewed journal.

13. Lycian Onomastics and IE Heritage. The case of the personal names Tm̃peimi and Trbbe͂nimi. Studien zur historisch-vergleichenden Sprachwissenschaft. Hamburg: Baar Verlag.


Accepted/editorial process:

12. Greek ταπεινός ‘low(-lying)’ (Pi.+) and its IE heritage. Gk. place name Τέμπυρα, Hitt. dampu- ‘blunt’, ORuss. tupъ ‘blunt, stupid’. In: Olga Tribulato & Enzo Passa (eds.), The Paths of Greek. Trends in Classics.

11. Kinship Terms and Marriage in Anatolian. In: Benedicte Nielsen Whitehead & Birgit Olsen (eds.), Kin, Clan, and Community in Prehistoric Europe. Copenhagen: Museum Tusculanum.

10. Die Infinitivformen des Lykischen aus einer synchronen und diachronen Perspektive. In: Velizar Sadovski, Claudia Fabrizio, Antonio Panaino, Hans-Christian Luschützky, and Céline Redard (eds.), Linguistic Studies of Iranian and Indo-European Languages. Proceedings of the Symposium in memoriam Xavier Tremblay (1971-2011), organized by the Institute of Iranian Studies of the Austrian Academy of Sciences, the Vienna Linguistic Society, and the University of Bologna, Vienna, 15th-16th November 2012. Wien: Verlag der Österreichischen Akademie der Wissenschaften. Sitzungsberichte der ÖAW. Phil.-hist. Klasse. Veröffentlichungen zur Iranistik. Wien.



9. 2018. Lykische s-Verben und sḱe/o-Bildungen im Anatolischen. In: Elizabeth Rieken (ed.), 100 Jahre Entzifferung des Hethitischen. Morphosyntaktische Kategorien in Sprachgeschichte und Forschung. Akten der Arbeitstagung der Indogermanischen Gesellschaft vom 21. Bis 23. September 2015 in Marburg. Wiesbaden: Reichert Verlag, 319-328.

8. 2017. ‚Doppelter Dativ‘ und Dativ mit Infinitiv im Lykischen. In: Ivo Hajnal, Daniel Kölligan, and Katarina Zipser (eds.), Miscellanea Indogermanica. Festschrift für José Luis García Ramón zum 65. Geburtstag. Innsbruck : Institut für Sprachen und Literaturen der Universität Innsbruck, 765-778.

7. 2017. Lyc. Pẽmudija (N322.2): Anatolian onomastics and IE word formation. In: Bjarne Simmelkjær Sandgaard Hansen, Adam Hyllested, Anders Richardt Jørgensen, Guus Kroonen, Jenny Helena Larsson, Benedicte Nielsen Whitehead, Thomas Olander, and Tobias Mosbæk Søborg (eds.), Usque ad Radices: Indo-European Studies in Honour of Birgit Anette Olsen. Copenhagen Indo-European Studies 8. Copenhagen: Museum Tusculanum, 695-704

6. 2016. PIE *mel-: Some Anatolian and Greek Thoughts. In: David M. Goldstein, Stephanie W. Jamison, and Brent Vine (eds.), Proceedings of the 27th Annual UCLA Indo-European Conference (Los Angeles 23th-24th October 2015). Bremen : Dr. Ute Hempen Verlag, 183-197.

5. 2016. Lykisch hijãnaxã. Münchener Studien zur Sprachwissenschaft 70.1: 61-73

4. 2015. Lessico e Wortbildung indoeuropea in licio. Il caso di asaxlaza-, xal-/xla(i)- ‘avere controllo su, dominare’ e *h2el-. In: Emmanuel Dupraz and Wojciech Sowa (eds.), Genres épigraphiques et langues d’attestation fragmentaire dans l’espace méditerranéen (Actes du colloque de Rouen, 25-27 Juin 2012). Rouen : PURH, 2015. p. 165-176 (Cahiers de l'Eriac, Vol. 9)

3. 2015. Heth. Maliya, lyk. Malija und griech. Athena. In: Christian Zinko and Michaela Zinko (eds.), Der antike Mensch im Spannungsfeld zwischen Ritual und Magie. Akten der I. Grazer Symposium zur indogermanischen Altertumskunde (Graz, 14.-15. November 2013). Graz : Leykam Buchverlag, 2015. p. 376-388 (Grazer Vergleichende Arbeiten, Vol. 28)

2. 2014 [2016] Atena Ἀξιόποινος (Paus. III 15,6). Aevum Antiquum 14: 131-141.

1. 2011. Il cosiddetto «Ciprominoico 2»: Una decifrazione possibile?. In: Gephyra 8: 1–1


2018. Sprachkontakt im alten Anatolien: Das Lykische aus synchroner und diachroner Perspektive. Ph.D. thesis. Institut für Historisch-Vergleichende Sprachwissenschaft, Universität zu Köln. Germany. University and City Library of Cologne - USB Köln. I am also preparing a Lycian Grammar partly based on my PhD which I aim to publish by 2019/2020.


In peer-review. Matilde Serangeli (first editor) & Thomas Olander. Dispersals & Diversifications. Linguistic and Archaeological Perspectives on the Early Stages of Indo-European. Proceedings of the International Conference ‘The Split’, Copenhagen 13-15 September 2018. New York/Leiden: Brill.


2010. Willi, A. 2008. Sikelismos. Sprache, Literatur und Gesellschaft im griechischen Sizilien (8.-5. Jh. v. Chr.). Basel. In: Poiesis bibliografia della poesia greca 10: 311–322.

2008. Thomas, C. G. and Conant, C. 2007. The Trojan War. University of Oklahoma Press. In: Poiesis bibliografia della poesia greca 8: 276–281.


2009. Olivier, J.-P. 2007. Édition holistique des texts chypro-minoens. Pisa–Roma : Fabrizio Serra Editore. In: Rivista di filologia e di Istruzione Classica 137, 3-4: 456-463.


2010. Books X 3-4, 29-56. In: Emanuele Lelli, L´Agricoltura antica: I Geoponica di Cassiano Basso. Roma: Rubbettino Editore, Soveria Mannelli.