thehistoricallinguistchannel.com is run by four enthusiastic linguists from different parts of the world:

lisa gotthard

Expat Swede settled in the UK since 2013. Lazy, but somehow still manages to work too much. Have travelled every continent, but still prefers to stay put most of the time. Russophile in a PC way, and a lover of cheese, cats, the Sims 3, spaghetti and linguistics.

I somehow managed to achieve a BA in Linguistics at the University of York, specialising in (cross-linguistic) formal syntax and semantic theory with a touch of historical English courses, to spice it up a bit. During my MSc studies in English Language at the University of Edinburgh (where I also met the masterminds behind the HLC), I was introduced to the marvellous under-explored abyss that is Older Scots syntax and thought it was a good idea to venture where few had gone before me. Boy, did I not know what was coming.

I am currently a PhD student at the University of Edinburgh, researching syntactic developments in the history of Scots and English. I mostly geek out over Germanic syntax, but do also enjoy the occasional agglutinative or polysynthethic morphology puzzle (looking at you, Swahili). I also tend to go on tangents over the politics involved in language, as have become clear from my blog posts.

rebekah layton

Nomadic American who has far too many hobbies: painting, waltzing, reading, playing the ukulele, alphabetizing other people’s DVDs…

Academically, I earned a Bachelor of Arts in English linguistics from Arizona State University and completed postgraduate work at the University of Edinburgh, specializing in the historical development of the English language (my favourite bedtime story). I have the Harry Potter books in five languages and counting (although I can’t read all of them…. yet).

The real love of my life is Old English.


riccardo battilani

Born in sunny Italy but adopted by rainy Scotland. I comprise half of the non-Swedish duo and one-fourth of the Awesome Quartet of the HLC, besides being the only Mediterranean raisin in this Germanic pudding.

I have an Honours Degree in Chinese Language and Culture which I obtained in Venice (how’s that for romantic glamour!), and I got my MSc in Linguistics at the University of Edinburgh (bet you’re starting to see a pattern here), where I’ve had the honour of meeting the three super-smart people you can see (and hear, and read) on this site.

I specialise in Historical Linguistics but I’ve been known to glance at Field Linguistics from time to time. My favourite languages are Germanic, Celtic, Polynesian and Sino-Tibetan… oh who am I kidding, I love every single language on Earth. I’m also a conlanger, so if at any time I find that I don’t have enough languages to love, I can just make some up and love those. I’m a loving kind of guy.

I also came up with the name Historical Linguistics Channel, I’m kinda proud of that.

Sabina Nedelius

Your typical kind of boring person whose main interests lie in spending a lot of time with my hubby, my dog and, of course, family and friends. If I am doing something else, I enjoy reading and writing but tend to grow restless, at which point I typically trouble my hubby by redecorating (for the billionth time), manic cleaning and organising or (if I feel up to something less straining) playing Dragon Age (mostly skipping DA 2 for, what I feel, are obvious reasons).

Academically, I have a Bachelor of Arts in English with a specialization in Linguistics from the University of Gothenburg and a Master of Science in English Language, specialising in historical linguistics, from the University of Edinburgh. Currently, I am undertaking my PhD in English language at the University of Oslo, focusing on modernised punctuation in later editions of medieval literature.

My main area of interest is Middle English, particularly morphology, semantics and orthography (though historical dialectology tickles quite a bit too) but I also branch out to Old English and Proto-Germanic.