Angela Marcantonio is associated professor of Historical Linguistics, Finno-Ugric and Hungarian Studies at the University of Rome "La Sapienza". Her principal area of research is the method of historical linguistics, which attempts to trace languages all the way back through time to an original hypothesized 'ancestor' language.
Angela teaches introductory courses in historical linguistics and Uralic studies for undergraduate students. For postgraduate students her courses cover comparative linguistics in more depth, with particular reference to the Uralic languages.
Angela's work principally concerns diachronic, synchronic and typological linguistics. The original research includes:
a) the scientific foundation and the historical development of the 'Finno-Ugric/Uralic theory (highlighting both its merits and shortcomings).
b) the 'question' of the origin of the Hungarian and the Finnish language, through a linguistic analysis and comparing it to archaeological, historical and genetic research.
c) comparative and contrastive analysis of the structure of Hungarian and that of Finnish.
d) historical development of the Hungarian language, taking into account, for example, the development of the Hungarian local case endings (as shown in the oldest Hungarian text, the Halotti beszéd, 'funeral sermon', about 1192-5), or the (prevailing) mono-syllabic and invariant nature of the Hungarian root/stem (as emerges already from the first Hungarian etymological dictionary), as against the (prevailing) di-syllabic, and variable nature of the Finnish root/stem, with its numerous morpho-phonemic alternations.
e) questions relating to the issue of the strengths and weaknesses of the methods of analysis adopted in linguistics, including the methods of historical/comparative linguistics, both at a general level, and with particular regard to the Uralic and Indo-European theories.
f) The correlation between Hungarian and Turkic languages
She has published numerous articles, including two monographs and two edited volumes which have received wide comment and review. These include:
Angela Marcantonio: The Uralic Language Family: Facts, Myths and Statistics
Transactions of the Philological Society 35. Oxford and Boston: Blackwell (2002)
Angela Marcantonio (ed). The Indo-European Language Family: Questions about its Status
Monograph series 55, Journal of Indo-European Studies. Washington DC: Institute of Man (2009)
She and Prof. Cinzia Franchi organised the conference: 'The state of the art of Uralic Studies: Tradition vs Innovation', at the University of Padova, November 12-13, 2016. Proceedings to be published shortly by universities of Padova & Rome ‘La Sapienza’.
See the Supplementary Information page for a list of publications and their reviews.
Angela is a member of the Philological Society and the Società Italiana di Glottologia. She is a member of the editorial board of Rivista di Studi Ungheresi, Vedic Venues and the Journal of Eurasian Studies, and is an external consultant for the Oxford English Dictionary.
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