Simon Poulsen

Simon Poulsen

PhD fellow

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I am working on the internal relationships between the Indo-European language branches, but I am also engaged in many other phonological and morphological aspects of Indo-European linguistics:

  • comparative Indo-European linguistics
  • reconstruction of the Indo-European proto-language
  • linguistic phylogenetics
  • the relationship between Indo-Iranian and Greek
  • Greek linguistic history
  • Indo-Iranian linguistic history

I am further interested in language history of other language families, language variation in general, epigraphy and runology.

Current research

PhD Project
The relationship between Indo-Iranian and Greek

Project start: September 1 2020
Supervisor: Thomas Olander
Funded by The Department of Nordic Studies and Linguistics as one of the free scholarships of the Faculty of Humanities
In collaboration with Connecting the Dots

My PhD project has the working title The relationship between Greek and Indo-Iranian. I am examining how closely related these two branches are within the Indo-European language family. I am working with different comparative methods and am trying to establish significant innovations shared by the two groups in their phonology and inflectional morphology. I am further interested in linking this hypothetic language state to archaeological material cultures and prehistoric migrations.


I have tought part of the BA-course Greek and Latin language history, and I have supervised BA theses. I am able to supervise exam papers or projecs on Indo-European linguistics, phylogenetics, Greek or Indo-Iranian language history. I am happy to receive inquiries or questions.

Selected publications

  1. Published

    Ek […] wraitalaþo: The Proto-Norse strong preterite 1sg ending in light of the Trollhättan II bracteate

    Poulsen, Simon, 29 Apr 2020, In: NOWELE, North-Western European Language Evolution. 73, 1, p. 21-43 23 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalConference articleResearchpeer-review

  2. Published

    En klage for bikken

    Poulsen, Simon, Jun 2021, In: Maal & Maele. 42, 2, p. 19-23 5 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleCommunication

Selected activities

  1. Indo-Iranian and Balto-Slavic

    Poulsen, Simon (Lecturer) & Olander, Thomas (Lecturer)

    7 Sep 2022

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesLecture and oral contribution

  2. Universiteit Leiden

    Poulsen, Simon (Visiting researcher)

    4 Sep 202210 Dec 2022

    Activity: Visiting an external institution typesVisiting an external academic institution

  3. University of Pennsylvania

    Ringe, D. (Visiting researcher), Olander, Thomas (Visiting researcher), Poulsen, Simon (Visiting researcher) & Scarborough, Matthew (Visiting researcher)

    13 Mar 20223 Apr 2022

    Activity: Visiting an external institution typesVisiting an external academic institution

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