Head of the Etymological-Onomastic Section, research advisor, full professor, researcher in the project New Etymological Dictionary of the Slovenian Language

Research interests

Metka Furlan (22 March 1955) is the head of the Etymological-Onomastic Section. Her research focusses on Slovenian, Slavic and Hittite problems from the field of Indo-European comparative linguistics and etymology, partly also with onomastics and theoretical questions of etymology. She is a member of the editorial board of the linguistic journal Jezikoslovni zapiski and a lecturer of the Hittite language in Laryngeal theory at the Department of Comparative and General Linguistics at Faculty of Arts of the University of Ljubljana.

Research Areas

  • etymology
  • Slovenian language
  • Slavic languages
  • onomastics
  • theoretical problems of etymology
  • Indo-European comparative linguistics
  • Hittite language
  • laryngeal theory

Education, Academic and Scientific Titles

  • 2011–: full professor of the Indo-European Comparative Linguistics, Faculty of Arts, University of Ljubljana
  • 1999–: research advisor, ZRC SAZU, Fran Ramovš Institute of the Slovenian Language
  • 1986: PhD thesis: Dvozložne težke baze v hetitščini/Heavy Dyssilabic Stems in Hittite), Faculty of Arts, University of Ljubljana
  • 1980: BA degrees in A – Indo-European Comparative Linguistics and B – Slovenian Language and Literature
  • 1974: matura exam, Slovenska gimnazija, Koper

Employments, Leadership Positions and Competences

Employments:

  • 1995–: secondary employment, Department of Comparative and General Linguistics, Faculty of Arts, University of Ljubljana
  • 1994: temporary employment, Department of Comparative and General Linguistics, Faculty of Arts, University of Ljubljana
  • 1983–: Research Centre of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts, Fran Ramovš Institute of the Slovenian Language

Leadership Positions

  • 2002–: head of the Etymological-Onomastic Section
  • 2012–2013: leader of the Slovenian group of the bilateral research project Narečna leksika srbskega in slovenskega jezika – komparativni aspekt/Dialect Lexicon of the Serbian and Slovenian Language – Comparative Analysis (BI-RS/12-13-009)
  • 2010–2011: leader of the Slovenian group of the bilateral research project Slovanski sufiks -ina v apelativnem in toponomastičnem fondu slovenskega in makedonskega jezika. Semantično-besedotvorna analiza/Slavic Suffix *-ina in the Common and Onomastic Lexicon of the Slovenian and Macedonian Languages: Semantic and Word Formation Analysis (BI-MK/10-11-002)
  • 2006–2007: leader of the Slovenian group of the bilateral research project Primerjalno proučevanje zemljepisnih apelativov v makedonski in slovenski toponimiji/Comparative Study of Geographical Terms in Macedonian and Slovenian Toponomastics (BI-MK/06-07-006)
  • 2005–2008: leader of the project Slovenska pravna terminologija in izdelava razlagalnega in normativnega slovarja pravnega izrazja/Slovenian Legal Terminology and the Compilation of an Explanatory and Normative Dictionary of Legal Terminology (L6-7001)
  • 1997–1999: leader of the project Slovarji sodobnega knjižnega jezika/Dictionaries of the Contemporary Literary Language (J6-8960)

Supervisor

  • young researchers at ZRC SAZU: Jožica Narat, Vera Smole, Metod Čepar
  • PhD supervisor at the University of Ljubljana: Katja Škrubej, Metod Čepar, Luka Repanšek

Work in Editorial Boards and Expert Commissions

  • 2017–: member of the editorial board of the online dictionary New Etymological Dictionary of the Slovenian Language (authored by Metka Furlan)
  • 2002–: member of the Etymological Commission of the International Committee of Slavists
  • 1997–: member of the editorial board of the linguistic journal Jezikoslovni zapiski
  • 1997–2006: member of the editorial board of the linguistic journal Slovenski jezik/Slovene Linguistic Studies (Ljubljana, Lawrence, Kansas, ZDA)
  • 1995–: member of the Commission for the Standardization of Geographical Names (Government of the Republic of Slovenia)
  • 1990–2003: member of the Scientific Council of the Fran Ramovš Institute of the Slovenian Language

Outstanding Achievements, Awards and Grants

  • 2017: co-editor of the festschrift Ob jubileju Ljubov Viktorovne Kurkine (= Jezikoslovni zapiski 23/2) (together with Silvo Torkar and Peter Weiss)
  • 2017: adaptation of the dictionary part of a monograph New Etymological Dictionary of the Slovenian Language for publication on Fran
  • 2012: co-editor of the proceedings Praslovanska dialektizacija v luči etimoloških raziskav: Ob stoti obletnici rojstva akademika Franceta Bezlaja. Zbornik referatov z mednarodnega znanstvenega simpozija v Ljubljani, 16.­–18. septembra 2010/Proto-Slavic Dialectalization in the Light of Etymological Research: on the Centenary Birth of Academician France Bezlaj. Proceedings of the international symposium in Ljubljana, September 16–18 2010 (together with Alenka Šivic-Dular)
  • 2011: recognition for the outstanding pedagogical work from the Student Council at the Faculty of Arts, University of Ljubljana
  • 2010: co-organization of the international symposium Praslovanska dialektizacija v luči etimoloških raziskav: Ob stoti obletnici rojstva akademika Franceta Bezlaja/Proto-Slavic Dialectalization in the Light of Etymological Research: on the Centenary Birth of Academician France Bezlaj (together with Alenka Šivic-Dular)
  • 2007: co-editor of the Merkujev zbornik/Merku's Proceedings (= Jezikoslovni zapiski 13/1­2) (together with Silvo Torkar and Peter Weiss)
  • 2006: co-editor of the monograph Pavle Merkù, Krajevno imenoslovje na slovenskem zahodu/Toponomastics in the Slovenian West (together with Silvo Torkar)
  • 2006: leadership of digitalization and transliteration of Pleteršnik's Slovene-Germanic dictionary (1894–1895)
  • 2004: leadership of digitalization of Bezlaj's Etimološki slovar slovenskega jezika/Etymological Dictionary of the Slovenian Language I, II
  • 2003: editor of the monograph France Bezlaj, Zbrani jezikoslovni spisi/Collected Linguistic Writings I, II
  • 1995: award ZRC SAZU Golden Emblem
  • 1991: five-month grant of the Austrian Government for a visit at the Department of Linguistics (Indogermanistik), University of Vienna
  • 1983–2005: co-author of France Bezlaj, Etimološki slovar slovenskega jezika/Etymological Dictionary of the Slovenian Language III (1995), IV (2005)

Research areas

Linguistics H350 • Lexicology H353 • History of language H355 • Onomastics H370 • Comparative linguistics H380 

Keywords

etymology • Slovenian language • Slovenian studies • slavistics • Hittite Language • Hittitology • Indo-European comparative linguistics • laryngeal theory 

Recognitions & awards

Recognition for the outstanding pedagogical work from the Student Council at the Faculty of Arts, University of Ljubljana (2012) • ZRC SAZU Golden Emblem (1995)