Dr. Mícheál Ó Flaithearta is university lecturer for Celtic languages and culture at the University of Utrecht since 2007. He holds a PhD from the National University of Ireland Galway. Between 1995 and 2007 he was lecturer and head of the Celtic section at the University of Uppsala, Sweden. Before that he was lecturer of Irish at the University of Wales Aberystwyth (1993-1995) and lecturer for Celtic languages at the Rheinisch-Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn (1989-1993). Between 1986 and 1989 he was a research assistant in an interdisciplinary project on ‘Orality and Literacy’ at the Albert Ludwigs Universität Freiburg. He has edited the Proceedings of the Seventh Symposium of Societas Celtologica Nordica (Uppsala 2007). His areas of academic interest include historical linguistics, comparative Celtic philology, especially historical phonology of Celtic; medieval Irish and Welsh linguistic sources; manuscript tradition and the transmission of early Irish and Welsh literatures, language contact in medieval Britain.
Some recent publications:
1. ‘An focal ‘déag’ sa Ghaeilge’, in M. Mac Craith & P. Ó hÉalaí, Diasa Díograise. Aistí i
gCuimhne ar Mháirtín Ó Briain, Indreabhán (Cló Iar Chonnachta), 2009, 317-327.
2. ‘The Etymologies of (Fer) Diad’, in R.Ó hUiginn & B.Ó Catháin, Ulidia 2. Proceedings
of the Second International Conference on the Ulster Cycle of Tales, Maynooth (An
Sagart), 2009, 218-225.
3. ‘Some Observations on OIr. ól (ool) ‘act of drinking, a draught of liquor;a measure
of capacity used for liquids’’, in G. Carling, Festschrift for Folke Josephson, Göteborg
(Meijerbergs arkiv för Svensk ordforskning), 2006, 229-236.
4. ‘Old Irish mélae ‘shame’ and an observation on compensatory lengthening in Irish’,
in B. Smelik et alii, A Companion in Linguistics. A Festschrift for Anders Ahlqvist,
Nijmegen (De Keltisch Draak), 2005, 157-160