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Federico Dragoni

PhD candidate

F. Dragoni MA
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Federico Dragoni is a PhD candidate at the Leiden University Centre for Linguistics.

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Fields of interests

Old, Middle and Modern Iranian philology and linguistics in general. Strong interest in all Middle Iranian languages formerly attested in the ancient Tarim Basin (Sogdian, Middle Persian, Parthian, Khotanese and Tumšuqese) and their cultural and linguistic interactions with their Silk Road neighbours (Tocharian, Tibetan, Chinese, Old Uyghur and Middle Indian). Buddhism, Manichaeism and Zoroastrianism in Central Asia.


Within the framework of Dr. M. Peyrot’s NWO funded project “Tracking the Tocharians from Europe to China”, I focus on the historical phonology of Khotanese and Tumšuqese, two closely related Middle Iranian languages once spoken in today’s Xīnjiāng Uyghur Autonomous Region of China.  The aim of my PhD research is twofold. On the one hand, I will investigate the proto-history of the two languages in order to throw some new light on the linguistic prehistory of the Tarim Basin. Particular attention will be devoted to contacts with Tocharian. On the other hand, I will investigate the phonological history of Khotanese throughout its long historical attestation during the second half of the 1st millennium CE. The data collected will contribute to a comprehensive historical phonology of Khotanese.

Curriculum Vitae

May 2017 – PhD candidate in the NWO project “Tracking the Tocharians from Europe to China”, Leiden University.

2016-April 2017 Student Assistant of Prof. A. Cantera, FU Berlin, Iranistik.

2015-2016 Student assistant in the “Teilproject C03” of the Sonderforschungsbereich “Episteme in Bewegung. Wissenstransfer von der alten Welt bis in die frühe Neuzeit” under the guidance of Prof. M. Macuch (FU Berlin).

2014-2016 MA Iranistik, Freie Universität Berlin (Avestan, Pahlavi, Sogdian, Old Uyghur, Zoroastrian and Manichaean Studies). Thesis: “Studies on the Pāzand in the manuscript tradition of the Bundahišn” (Supervisors: Dr. G. König and Prof. A. Cantera).

2011-2014 BA, Oriental Languages and Cultures, University “La Sapienza”, Rome (New Persian, Sanskrit, Arabic, Iranian historical linguistics). Thesis: “The Khotanese Aśokāvadāna: edition, commentary and glossary” (Supervisor: Prof. M. Maggi).

2011 High School diploma (classical studies), Milan.

2009 Music BA in Clarinet, National Conservatory “G. Verdi”, Milan.

PhD Candidate / Guest

  • Faculty of Humanities
  • Leiden Univ Centre for Linguistics
  • LUCL promovendus

PhD candidate

  • Faculty of Humanities
  • Leiden Univ Centre for Linguistics
  • LUCL promovendus

Work address

Reuvensplaats 3-4
2311 BE Leiden
Room number 2.18



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