Camilla Christie

Postdoctoral FellowCamilla Christie
MA, PGDipLIS (UCT), PhD (Rhodes)

Research interests:

My undergraduate passion for GERMANIC and ROMANCE historical linguistics has developed into a postgraduate focus on southern African sociohistorical and contact linguistics. I am currently investigating the borrowing and dispersal of botanical terminology across southern African speech communities, with emphasis on the sociological and environmental motivations underlying regular borrowing, and on the relationship between language and taxonomy. I have an additional interest in the psycholinguistics of oral narrative, and in the intersection of literacy and orality. My Classical research has focused on the written reception of oral epic, and on the varying stylistic strategies by which Latin authors impose chronological sequence onto mass or simultaneous actions. Following my MA on battle narrative in Virgil’s Aeneid and Ovid’s Metamorphoses, I have been interested primarily in battle narrative in Statius’ Thebaid, and on the broader Latin reception of the Ancient Greek Theban Cycle. I teach Latin and Ancient Greek in the Rhodes University School of Languages and Literatures.


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