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Tihomir Rangelov

Department of Linguistic and Cultural Evolution
Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology
Deutscher Platz 6
04103 Leipzig

phone: +49 341 3550 876
e-mail: tihomir_rangeloveva.mpgde

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About me

I am a postdoctoral researcher at the Department of Linguistic and Cultural Evolution and a member of the Comparative Oceanic Linguistics (CoOL) group

My main research interests are language documentation, description and maintenance, Oceanic languages and the languages of Vanuatu in particular, historical linguistics, phonetics and phonology, and linguistic typology. I have been working on the Ahamb language, spoken on Malekula Island, since 2017. Currently I work with data from Ahamb and other related languages with a focus on using comparative methods in identifying patterns in the structures of the languages of Vanuatu based on available published data and newly collected field data. The goal is to document new linguistic data, contribute to existing linguistic and evolutionary theories, and assist the communities of speakers of these endangered languages to maintain and revitalise their traditional knowledge and linguistic competence.

Previously I worked on North Germanic languages (Swedish, Danish, Icelandic, Old Norse), phonetics and phonology and machine translation. I am passionate about cycle touring, high mountains and volcanoes, adventure travel and all things outdoors.

Curriculum Vitae

2017-2020PhD in Linguistics.
University of Waikato, New Zealand.
Thesis title: “A grammar of the Ahamb language (Vanuatu)”
2009-2013MA in Computational Linguistics.
University of Iceland/University of Reykjavík.
hesis: “Apertium-is-sv: Rule-based machine translation between Icelandic and Swedish.”
2005-2008BA in Icelandic Studies.
University of Iceland. Major: Icelandic; Icelandic Phonetics and Phonology.
BA thesis (in Icelandic): “Fortis and lenis stops: On voice onset time in Icelandic, Swedish and Bulgarian.” 
2000-2007MA in Scandinavian Studies.
Five-year course at Sofia University.
Major: Swedish, Phonetics and Phonology;
Minor: Danish, Scandinavian literature.
MA thesis (in Swedish): “The plosives in Swedish and Icelandic: A comparative analysis from a synchronic viewpoint.”

Publications & Presentations

Rangelov, T. R. (2020). A grammar of the Ahamb language (Vanuatu). PhD Thesis, The University of Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand.
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Rangelov, T. (2019). The bilabial trills of Ahamb (Vanuatu): Acoustic and articulatory properties. In S. Calhoun, P. Escudero, M. Tabain, & P. Warren (Eds.), Proceedings of the 19th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences, Melbourne, Australia 2019 (pp. 1292-1296). Canberra, Australia: Australasian Speech Science and Technology Association Inc.
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Rangelov, T., Bratrud, T., & Barbour, J. (2019). Ahamb (Malekula, Vanuatu) — Language Contexts. Language Documentation and Description, 16, 86-126.
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2020

Rangelov, T. (2020). Book review: Mari C. Jones (ed.), Endangered languages and new technologies. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2019. Pp. xv, 211. Pb. £23. Language in Society, 49(5), 795-796.
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Rangelov, T. R. (2020). A grammar of the Ahamb language (Vanuatu). PhD Thesis, The University of Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand.
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2019

Rangelov, T. (2019). The bilabial trills of Ahamb (Vanuatu): Acoustic and articulatory properties. In S. Calhoun, P. Escudero, M. Tabain, & P. Warren (Eds.), Proceedings of the 19th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences, Melbourne, Australia 2019 (pp. 1292-1296). Canberra, Australia: Australasian Speech Science and Technology Association Inc.
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Rangelov, T., Bratrud, T., & Barbour, J. (2019). Ahamb (Malekula, Vanuatu) — Language Contexts. Language Documentation and Description, 16, 86-126.
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2013

Rangelov, T. (2013). Shallow-Transfer Rule-Based Machine Translation between Icelandic and Swedish. Developing Apertium-is-sv: A Bidirectional Open-Source RBMT Application for Icelandic and Swedish. Master Thesis, University of Iceland, Reykjavík.
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2008

Rangelov, T. (2008). Harðhljóð og linhljóð: Um aðröddunartíma í íslensku, sænsku og búlgörsku. [Fortis and lenis stops: On voice onset time in Icelandic, Swedish and Bulgarian.]. Bachelor Thesis, University of Iceland, Reykjavík.
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2021

Rangelov, T. (2021). The expression of sequential events in Ahamb (Vanuatu). Talk presented at 15-ICAL – 15th International Conference on Austronesian Linguistics. Olomouc, CZ. 2021-06-28 - 2021-07-01.
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Rangelov, T. (2021). Facebook as a medium for promoting the status of an endangered indigenous language: Experiences from Ahamb (Vanuatu). Talk presented at NEWCON2020: New Contexts for the Use of Minoritized Languages/Varieties. Zadar. 2021-05-26 - 2021-05-28.
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Rangelov, T. (2021). The form and function of reduplication in Ahamb (Vanuatu). Talk presented at Language & Society Conference 2020. Waikato. 2021-02-10 - 2021-02-12.
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Rangelov, T. (2021). Revitalisation experiences from Ahamb (Vanuatu). Talk presented at XVIII International Conference on Minority Languages. Bilbao. 2021-03-24 - 2021-03-26.
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2020

Rangelov, T. (2020). Community initiatives for literacy material design as a function of institutional support for vernacular education: Experiences from Ahamb (Vanuatu). Talk presented at FEL 24 - Foundation for Endangered Languages (FEL) Annual Conference. 2020-09-23 - 2020-09-25.
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Rangelov, T. (2020). Coverbs in Ahamb (Vanuatu): At the intersection of verbs, adverbs, quantifiers and prepositions. Talk presented at 2020 Conference of the Australian Linguistic Society "Building Bridges". online. 2020-12-13 - 2020-12-15.
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Rangelov, T., & Barbour, J. (2020). Multi-verb constructions in Ahamb (Vanuatu): Between serialisation and echo reference. Talk presented at SLE2020 – the 53rd Annual Meeting of the Societas Linguistica Europaea. 2020-08-26 - 2020-09-01.
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2019

Barbour, J., & Rangelov, T. (2019). Common, local and personal noun formation in the languages of Malekula. Talk presented at 11th Austronesian and Papuan Languages and Linguistics Conference (APLL11). Leiden. 2019-06-13 - 2019-06-15.
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Rangelov, T. (2019). Negation strategies in Ahamb (Vanuatu). Talk presented at 2019 New Zealand Linguistic Society Conference. Christchurch, NZ. 2019-11-28 - 2019-11-29.
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Rangelov, T., & Barbour, J. (2019). On the origins of bilabial trills in the languages of Malekula, Vanuatu. Talk presented at 11th Austronesian and Papuan Languages and Linguistics Conference (APLL11). Leiden. 2019-06-13 - 2019-06-15.
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2018

Rangelov, T. (2018). The bilabial trills of Ahamb (South Malekula). Talk presented at Vanuatu Languages Conference. Port Vila, Vanuatu. 2018-07-25 - 2018-07-27.
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2011

Rangelov, T. (2011). Rule-based machine translation between Bulgarian and Macedonian. Talk presented at Second international workshop on free/open-source rule-based machine translation. Barcelona, Spain. 2011-01-20 - 2011-01-20.
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2010

Rangelov, T. (2010). Computational solutions for Icelandic morphology. Talk presented at Icelandic Centre for Language Technology 2010 Conference. Reykjavik, Iceland. 2010-04-15 - 2010-04-15.
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