Dr Victoria Fendel

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Academic Background

I completed an MA in Classical Greek and Ancient Near East Studies at the University of Basel (funded by the Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes) before moving to the University of Oxford (Lady Margaret Hall) for my DPhil on language contact between post-classical Greek and Coptic (funded by a Clarendon Scholarship). Subsequently, I undertook an MPhil in Theoretical and Applied Linguistics at the University of Cambridge (Peterhouse) with a focus on French linguistics (funded by the AHRC).

Research Interests

I am interested in language contact, especially between Greek and Egyptian (Coptic), syntax, especially the interface between syntax and semantics, and the application of general linguistic concepts to corpus languages.

Research Keywords

Greek, Support-Verb Constructions, Syntax, Semantics, Language contact, Sociolinguistics


Classical and comparative philology and linguistics (E caucus, University of Cambridge)

Classical Greek and Latin languages (Lady Margaret Hall; Faculty of Classics, University of Oxford)


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Selected Publications:

‘A Small Step for a Man, a Giant Leap for a People —The Coptic Alphabets’ in Haralambous, Y. (ed.), Grapholinguistics in the 21st Century 2020. Proceedings, Grapholinguistics and Its Applications 4, Fluxus Editions, Brest, pp. 1–11 (2021). https://doi.org/10.36824/2020-graf-fend

'Greek in Egypt or Egyptian Greek? Syntactic regionalisms’, in: Bentein, K. and Janse, M. (eds.). Varieties of Post-classical and Byzantine Greek. Trends in Linguistics: Studies and Monographs 331. Berlin: Mouton De Gruyter (2020), pp. 115–140.

‘Taking Stock of Support-Verb Constructions in Journalistic French’, Xanthos: A Journal of Foreign Literatures and Languages, 2: 13-44 (2020) http://xanthosjournal.com/ issues-issue-2-02-fendel

‘Phrasal verbs in a corpus of post-classical Greek letters from Egypt’, in Leiwo, M., and Vierros, M., and Halla-aho, H. (eds.), Papers of the Ninth International Colloquium on Ancient Greek Linguistics (ICAGL 9) 30 August – 1 September 2018, Helsinki, Papers on Ancient Greek Linguistics,  

Commentationes Humanarum Litterarum 139, pp. 63–97 (2020).

‘The paradox of Kellis (Western Egyptian desert)’, The Journal of Graeco-Roman Studies 58/3: 101–133 (2019).