Thomas Kristoffer Olander
Born 19 April 1974 in Copenhagen, Denmark


I am a historical linguist dealing with Indo-European languages. My research has mainly focused on Slavic and Baltic and the relationship between the two language groups and the Indo-European proto-language, but I have an interest in all Indo-European languages. I am also interested in Danish and in phonology and morphology in general.

In my 2009 book Balto-Slavic accentual mobility I compared the so-called mobile accent paradigms of Baltic and Slavic, concluding that they have arisen as the result of an accent loss in certain final syllables. The main conclusion of the book may be expressed with the formula μ[+H] > [-H] / _C₀#.

From October 2008 to December 2013 my main project was a monograph where I reconstruct the endings of the Proto-Slavic inflexional system and analyse their historical relationship with the corresponding endings of Baltic and the remaining Indo-European languages. The monograph is currently being reviewed for publication with Brill. I have also submitted it as a doctoral dissertation (Danish doktordisputats, corresponding to a German Habilitationsschrift) at the University of Copenhagen.

Passed Learning and Teaching in Higher Education programme at the Faculty of Humanities, University of Copenhagen (September 2010 – June 2011)
PhD in Slavic and Baltic historical linguistics, University of Copenhagen, with the dissertation Accentual mobility: the prehistory of the Balto-Slavic mobile accent paradigms
MA (Danish Magister, in Indo-European Linguistics, University of Copenhagen
Subjects: Greek and Italic, Indo-Iranian, Germanic, Albanian, Balto-Slavic, Armenian, Paper 1 (“Den mobile accent i baltoslavisk” [“The mobile accent in Balto-Slavic”]), Paper 2 (“Om den slaviske neoakut og Dybos og Stangs love” [“On the Slavic neoacute and the laws of Dybo and Stang”])
Gold medal for the prize dissertation Det baltoslaviske problem: accentologien [The Balto-Slavic problem: accentology] in Indo-European Linguistics, University of Copenhagen 2001
BA in Indo-European Linguistics and Bulgarian, University of Copenhagen
Subjects: Introduction to Indo-European Linguistics, Introduction to Linguistics, Introduction to Phonetics, Gothic, Proto-Indo-European Morphology, General and Danish Phonology, Sanskrit, Laryngeal Theory, Historical Linguistics, Indo-European Ablaut, Latin, Greek, Vedic, Language Typology and Language Classification; Bulgarian phonetics, Written Translation Bulgarian-Danish, Bulgarian Grammar; Polish Propaedeutics, Polish Phonetics
Graduated from Østre Borgerdydskole (passing the Studentereksamen), Copenhagen, with Greek, Latin, and German as high level subjects

01/2014 – present
Part-time lecturer at Comparative Indo-European Linguistics, Department of Nordic Studies and Linguistics, University of Copenhagen
  • Historical Grammar of Latin
  • Indo-European Phonology
  • Historical Grammar of Vedic
10/2012 – 12/2013
Associate professor (temporary) at Roots of Europe, Department of Nordic Studies and Linguistics, University of Copenhagen · project homepage
10/2008 – 10/2012
Postdoc at Roots of Europe, Department of Nordic Studies and Linguistics, University of Copenhagen; parental leaves: 7–20 November 2008 and 4 July to 25 September 2009; 6–19 April 2010 and 1 January to 22 March 2011
10/2006 – 09/2008
Danish lecturer at Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski” · courses homepage
02/2003 – 03/2006
PhD scholar at the Department of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies, University of Copenhagen · project title: “The Balto-Slavic mobile accent paradigms”
09/2002 – 01/2003
Teaching assistant at the Department of General and Applied Linguistics, University of Copenhagen

Stays abroad
10/2006 – 09/2008
Danish lecturer at Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski” (passed test in “Bulgarian as a Foreign Language” at level C1)
04/2005 – 06/2005
Research at Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany
09/2000 – 07/2001
Studies in Russian, History of the Polish Language, and History of the Czech Language at Saint Petersburg State University, Russia (passed test in “Russian as a Foreign Language” at level 3 (out of 4) in the testing system of the Russian Ministery of Education)
Summer course in Slovak for Foreigners (“Studia Academica Slovaca”), elementary level, at the University of Bratislava, Slovakia
Summer course in Polish for Foreigners (“Polonicum”), intermediate level, at the University of Warsaw, Poland
02/1997 – 07/1997
Studies in Modern Bulgarian and Old Bulgarian at Sofia University “Kliment Ohridski”, Bulgaria
09/1991 – 06/1992
Italian 3rd grade at the “Liceo Scientifico Statale ‘Piero Gobetti’”, Florence, Italy
08/1990 – 06/1991
German 10th grade at the “Hildegard-Wegscheider Oberschule” in Wilmersdorf, West Berlin, West Germany