The team

We are a cohesive, diverse and collaborative team of researchers with complementary skills and knowledge ranging from  Linguistics to the History and Culture of the Ancient Near East, working under the supervision of Prof. Federico Giusfredi. While the PALaC group occasionally cooperates with external authors for single publications, this page lists the current or former team members that were hired for the project.

Principal Investigator

Prof. Federico Giusfredi (Assoc. Prof. in History of the Ancient Near East, Dept. Cultures and Civilizations, University of Verona)

He is specialized in Ancient Anatolian Studies
(in particular philology, languages and history).
Along with the general coordination of the project, his PALaC research activities are mostly (but not exclusively) focused on Bronze Age Anatolia.

Federico Giusfredi’s Homepage (publications)

Fixed-term researchers

Dr. Stella Merlin (Assistant Prof. in Linguistics, Dept. Cultures and Civilizations, University of Verona)

She holds a BA in Classics and a MA and PhD in Linguistics. She has been working on both historical linguistic topics and metalanguage, e.g. the origins and establishment of the part-of-speech system.Her PALaC research activities are mostly focused on the contacts between Anatolia and the Aegean world.

Stella Merlin’s Homepage (publications)

Dr. Valerio Pisaniello (Assistant Prof. in Linguistics, Dept. Cultures and Civilizations, University of Verona)

He is specialized in linguistics and philology of the ancient Anatolian languages. His PALaC research activities are mostly (but not exclusively) focused on Iron Age Anatolia.

Valerio Pisaniello’s Homepage (publications)

Post-doctoral Researchers

Dr. Elena Martínez Rodríguez (University of Verona, Post-Doctoral Researcher in Anatolian Studies and Linguistics)

She is specialized in Historical Linguistics and Philology of the ancient Anatolian languages with special focus on the Iron Age and Classical periods. Her PALaC tasks involve the study of the I millennium BCE interference phenomena in the Anatolian and Aegean-Anatolian areas.
 

Elena Mart­nez Rodrí­guez Homepage (publications)

Dr. Alvise Matessi (University of Verona, Post-Doctoral Researcher in History of the Ancient Near East)

Specializes in the history and archaeology of the Bronze and Iron Ages in Anatolia and the Levant. His research is mainly focused on the political landscapes and historical geography of Hittite and post-Hittite Anatolia, which he addresses on combining textual and archaeological data. His PALaC tasks involve integrating the philological and linguistic results of the project in an interpretive cultural-historical framework.


Alvise Matessi's Homepage (publications)
 

Dr. Bartomeu Obrador Cursach (University of Verona, Post-Doctoral Researcher in Anatolian Studies and Linguistics - until November 30, 2020)

He is specialized in Classics and Indo-European Linguistics. His research is mainly focused on the Phrygian language and epigraphy with special attention to the Anatolian context. His PALaC tasks involve the study of the lexical interference between the Aegean and the Anatolian area.

Bartomeu Obrador Cursach Homepage (publications)

ERC Visiting Researcher Programme

From January 2020, for a period of six months, Dr. Filip De Decker, a specialist for Homeric Greek from Ghent University, has been a Visiting Researcher at our premises with a funding from the FWO.

Cooperations with other projects

Project Hittite Divine Names by Dr. Michele Cammarosano (University of Würzburg): a cooperation between the two projects for the linguistic analysis of the Hittite divine names has started in 2018.

Project Luwili by Alice Mouton and Ilya Yakubovich (Paris and Marburg): a cooperation between the two projects will produce a joint workshop in 2021.

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