Florian Breit — Curriculum Vitae

Florian Breit — Curriculum Vitae

Research Interests, Education, Publications, Presentations, Teaching, Service, Other Training & Qualifications, Honours & Awards, Languages, IT Profile, Memberships

Research Interests

My research interests include but are not limited to:

  • Phonology in general
  • Melody/Segmental Representation
  • Initial Consonant Mutation
  • Laryngeal Contrast in Nasals
  • The Welsh Language
  • Mental Representation of Grammatical Knowledge
  • Minority Language Attitudes and Policy



Lecturer (Teaching) in Phonetics and Phonology
University College London


Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow in Phonetics and Phonology
University College London


Teaching Assistant
University College London



PhD Linguistics
University College London
Principal supervisor: John Harris
Subsidary supervisor: Andrew Nevins
Thesis: Welsh Mutation and Strict Modularity


MRes Linguistics (Phonology), distinction
University College London
Dissertation: Formal Aspects of Element Theory


BA (Hons) Linguistics, 1st class honours
Bangor University
Dissertation: Constraints on Auxiliary Deletion in Colloquial Welsh


Abitur (eqv. A-levels), 1.9
Angell Akademie Freiburg



Breit, F. (in press) The Distribution of English Isograms in Google Ngrams and the British National Corpus. Opticon1826.


Breit, F. (2017) Melodic Heads, Saliency, and Strength in Voicing and Nasality. Glossa: a journal of general linguistics. 2(1), 85.1-35. DOI: 10.5334/gjgl.462


Breit, F. & Harris, J. (2014) Review of S.J. Hannahs’ (2013) The Phonology of Welsh. Phonology. 31 (2), 338-346. DOI: 10.1017/S0952675714000153


Breit, F. (2013) Voice–Nasality Interaction and Headedness in Voiceless Nasals. UCL Working Papers in Linguistics, Volume 25, pp. 201-221.


Breit, F. (2012) A survey of young British people’s attitudes towards learning the UK’s native minority languages. Début: The Undergraduate Journal of Linguistics, Languages and Area Studies, 3 (1), pp. 59–78.


Breit, F. (2011) S Internet: E Schongs für unsri Sproch (The Internet: A Chance for our Language). Alemannisch dunkt üs guet. 1/2011, pp. 23–25.



Breit, F. (2020)  Nasal relativism: headed and unheaded systems. Paper presented at Nasality and laryngeal representations in phonology, 8 January 2020, University of Essex.


Breit, F. (2019)  Microadventures in Welsh Initial Consonant Mutation. Paper presented at the UCL Linguistics PhD Day, 27 September 2019, UCL.

Breit, F. (2019)  A strictly modular perspective on Initial Consonant Mutation in Welsh. Paper presented at Séminaire P3 (Phonétique, Phonologie, Prosodie), 16 May 2019, Laboratoire de Linguistique de Nantes, CNRS/Université de Nantes.

Breit, F. (2019)  Reconciling Mutation and Modularity in Welsh. Paper presented at the Atelier de phonologie, 15 May 2019, Laboratoire Sturcures Formelles du Langage, CNRS/Paris 8.


Breit, F. (2018)  Dual Interpretation and Saliency arise from Spell-Out. Paper to be presented at Elements Nantes, 14-15 June 2018, Université de Nantes.

Breit, F. (2018)  Let phonology be phonology and syntax be syntax: the case of Welsh mutation. Paper presented at the 10th North American Phonology Conference, 4-5 May 2018, Concordia University.

Breit, F. (2018)  Welsh mutation for strict modularists. Paper presented at the UConn LingLunch, 24 Apr 2018, University of Connecticut.


Breit, F. (2017)  Initial CVs and the phonology of non-mutation in Welsh. Paper presented at the 25th Manchester Phonology Meeting, 25-27 May 2017, Manchester.

Breit, F. (2017)  Adventures in Welsh Non-Mutation. Paper presented at the UCL Linguistics PhD Day, 28 April 2017, UCL.

Breit, F. (2017)  Linguistics: The science of language. Outreach talk on Universal 20, presented at the 2017 Do Something Different Day, UCL Widening Participation Program.


Breit, F. & Jones, C. (2016)  Non-copy Epenthesis in Llansteffan Welsh. Paper presented at the 9th Celtic Linguistics Conference, 1-2 Sep 2016, Cardiff University.

Breit, F. (2016)  A floating-element account of Welsh Initial Consonant Mutation. Paper presented at the UCL Linguistics PhD Day, 24 May 2016, UCL.

Breit, F. (2016)  Svarabhakti Gymraeg: Oes lafariaid epenthetig wedi'i copïo yn y Gymraeg llafar? Presentation to class of Welsh learners, 19 March 2016, CityLit, London.


Breit, F. (2015)  Can conflicting grammaticality judgment data reveal something about language change in progress? A case study in Welsh word order convergence. Paper presented at Donders Discussions 2015, 4-5 Nov 2015, Nijmegen, Netherlands.

Breit, F. (2015) The Element |L| and Why We Need to Talk About Heads. Paper presented at the 45th Poznań Linguistics Meeting, 17-19 Sep 2015, Poznań, Poland.

Breit, F. (2015) The Phonological Exponents of Welsh ICM: Subtraction by addition. Paper presented at the 2015 Annual Meeting of the LAGB, 15-18 Sep 2015, London.

Breit, F. (2015) Aspirate Mutation in Welsh and Iaai as Fortition with |H|. Poster presented at the 23rd Manchester Phonology Meeting, 28-30 May 2015, Manchester.

Breit, F. (2015) Some Questions Concerning Headedness. Paper presented at Elements Fest 2015, 31 Mar 2015, UCL/SOAS.


Breit, F. (2014) Establishing the Limits of Welsh Auxiliary Deletion in Conversation and Experiment. Paper presented at the 8th Celtic Linguistics Conference, 06 Jun 2014, University of Edinburgh.

Breit, F. (2014) Re-evaluating a Unified Representation of Voicing and Nasality: The Case of Voiceless Nasals. Paper presented at the London Phonology Seminar, 27 Jan 2014, UCL/SOAS.


Breit, F. (2013) How many segments? Theories of segmental representation and their generative capacity. Paper presented at Approaches to Phonology and Phonetics, 21-23 Jun 2013, Lublin, Poland.

Breit, F. (2013) The Generative Capacity of Element Theory. Poster presented at the 2013 Workshop on Melodic Representation, 12 Mar 2013, UCL/SOAS.


Breit, F. (2012) Coping with Borrowed Swearwords: Anomalies in Welsh Mutation Patterns. Poster presented at the 2012 Bangor Summer School in Bilingualism, 25 Jul 2012, Bangor University.



Advanced Phonological Theory B, BA/MA, University College London, 2019, 2020

Advanced Phonological Theory A, BA/MA, University College London, 2019

Introduction to Phonology, BA, University College London, 2019, 2020

Introduction to Phonetics, BA, University College London, 2019

Phonetics and Phonology I, MA, University College London, 2019

Phonetics and Phonology II, MA, University College London, 2019, 2020

Introduction to Language, BSc, University College London, 2016, 2019, 2020

Teaching Assistant

Advanced Phonological Theory A, BA/MA, University College London, 2016, 2017

Advanced Phonological Theory B, BA/MA, University College London, 2016

Foundations of Linguistics, BA, University College London, 2017

Introduction to Language, BA, University College London, 2015

Introduction to Phonetics and Phonology B, BA, University College London, 2016

Intermediate Phonology B, BA, University College London, 2017

Phonetics and Phonology, MA, University College London, 2015, 2016


James Cottam, MA, Initial Consonant Mutation as a Phonological Process: Bridging the Gap between Floating Features and Historical Linguistics, University College London, 2020

James Zhenhao Zheng, MA, The Structure of Zhoushan Wu: Syllable and Tonal Representations in Government Phonology 2.0, 2020

Caitlin Jones, BA (Hons), Vowel Epenthesis in Welsh, University College London, 2016



Organiser, Laboratory for Language and Speech Diversions, UCL.

Assistant Editor, The Speculative Grammarian.

2017 Reviewer for RCAB & SinFonIJA 10, Dubrovnik.

Organiser (with M. Charette), How to do Phonology: A mini-course with Jonathan Kaye, UCL/SOAS.

Co-organiser (with E. Eden), London Phonology Seminar, UCL/SOAS.

Reviewer for Glossa: a journal of general linguistics.


Organiser, Laboratory for Language and Speech Diversions, UCL.

Reviewer for Primitives of Phonological Structure (E.D. Botma, A. Nevins, M. van Oostendorp,
eds., to appear with OUP).

Co-Organiser (with S. Ulfsbjorninn, F. Chiu, N. Neasom and E. Eden), Elements Fest 2015, UCL/SOAS.

Co-Organiser (with E. Eden and S. Ulfsbjorninn), London Phonology Seminar, UCL/SOAS.

Assistant Editor, The Speculative Grammarian.


Reviewer for Psychology of Language and Communication.

Co-Organiser (with N. Neasom), Workshop on Melodic Representation, UCL/SOAS.

Editorial Associate, The Speculative Grammarian.


Organiser, Approaches to Language (Seminar Series), Bangor University.

Volunteer, Bangor Summer School in Bilingualism, Bangor University.


Vice-President, Bangor Linguistics Society.

Senior Peer Guide, Bangor University.

Senior Course Representative (Year 3, BA Linguistics), Bangor University.


Treasurer, Bangor Linguistics Society.

Peer Guide, Bangor University.

Course Representative (Year 2, BA Linguistics), Bangor University.

General Senator, Bangor Students' Union.

Other Training & Qualifications


Crete Summer School of Linguistics
University of Crete


UCL Arena One: Teaching Associate Programme
University College London


ACTL Summer School
University College London


ACTL: Advanced Core Training in Linguistics
University College London

Bangor Summer School in Bilingualism
Bangor University


Certificate in Advanced English (Grade A)
Cambridge ESOL

Honours & Awards


Higher Education Academy


Associate Fellowship
Higher Education Academy


UCL Arena Associate Fellowship
University College London


AHRC/LAHP Postgraduate Research Studentship
University College London


AHRC Research Preparation Masters Studentship
University College London

Rhiannon Bill Prize for Best Undergraduate Dissertation in Linguistics
Bangor University

Silver Award for Contribution to a Society
Bangor Students' Union


Joanna Deeming Prize for Best Second Year Student in Linguistics
Bangor University


Ehrung für besondere Leistungen: Ausgezeichnetes Abitursergebnis
Angell Akademie Freiburg

Ehrung für besondere Leistungen: Leistung im Fach Datenverarbeitung
Angell Akademie Freiburg


  • English
  • German
  • Alemannic
  • Welsh
  • French
  • Spanish
  • Catalan

IT Profile

Operating Systems
  • Ubuntu Linux
  • Microsoft Windows
  • FreeBSD
  • LibreOffice/OpenOffice
  • Microsoft Office
  • LyX
  • LaTeX
  • PHP
  • Python
  • VB.Net
  • C
  • R
  • XML
  • HTML
  • CSS
  • GTK+
  • SQLite
  • MySQL
  • Microsoft Access


The Philological Society, Member

Linguistics Association of Great Britain, Member