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Prof. Andreas Willi
Lic Phil (Basel), Lic Phil (Fribourg),
MA DPhil Oxf, habil Basel


Diebold Professor of Comparative Philology , Faculty of Classics
Fellow, Worcester College


Worcester College

Tel No: (01865) 288318

Prof. Andreas Willi


Andreas Willi (*1972, Altstätten/Switzerland) studied Classics, Slavonic Languages and Literatures and Historical-Comparative Linguistics at the Universities of Basel, Lausanne, and Fribourg in Switzerland as well as at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. After writing his doctoral thesis on sociolinguistic variation in Ancient Greek at the University of Oxford, he worked as Oberassistent in Classics (Latin and Greek Philology) at the University of Basel, before becoming a member of the Swiss Institute at Rome and then moving back to Oxford in 2005.

Research Keywords:

Ancient Greek sociolinguistics and dialectology; language and linguistic culture in the ancient world; comparative grammar and etymology of Greek, Latin and Indo-European

Research Interests:

Andreas Willi has worked extensively on sociolinguistic and dialectal variation in Ancient Greek, on language contact and the language-literature-culture interface in the ancient world, with a special focus on Sicily, and also on Classical (Greek and Latin) literature. At the moment one of his main interests is the history and prehistory of the Greek (and Indo-European) verbal system, in particular the development of tense-aspect categories both from a formal (reconstructive) and a functional (philological) point of view. This focus is supplemented by - mainly morphological and etymological - studies on other ancient Indo-European languages, including Latin, Umbrian, Old Irish, Old Church Slavonic, and Hittite.

Full Publications:

Click here for a downloadable pdf of full publications:  Publications-Willi-Feb2014.pdf

Selected Publications:

'Epicharmus, Simonides, and the 'invention' of the Greek alphabet', Museum Helveticum , Vol: 70, (2013), 129-140.

'Challenging authority: Epicharmus between epic and rhetoric', in Theatre Outside Athens: Drama in Greek Sicily and South Italy, K. Bosher (ed.), (Cambridge University Press 2012), 56-75.

'Kiparsky's Rule, thematic nasal presents, and athematic verba vocalia in Greek', in Laws and Rules in Indo-European, Probert P, Willi A (eds.), (Oxford University Press 2012).

'Lateinisch scire und Verwandtes', Glotta, Vol: 88, (2012), 253-272.

'We speak Peloponnesian: tradition and linguistic identity in post-classical Sicilian literature', in Sikelia: Multilingualism and Cultural Interaction in Ancient Sicily, O. Tribulato (ed.), (Cambridge University Press 2012), 265-288.

'Hittite šakki 'knows' and frequency effects in paradigmatic analogy', Archivio Glottologico Italiano , Vol: 96, (2011 [2012]), 179-194.

'Revisiting the Etruscan verb', in Le lingue dell'Italia antica: Atti del Convegno Internazionale (In memoriam H. Rix), G. Rocca (eds.), (Alessandria (Edizioni dell’Orso) 2011), 365-384.