University of Uppsala

Karin W. Tikkanen (M.Phil. in Comparative Philology and General Linguisics, University of Oxford; Ph.D. in Latin, Uppsala University) is a researcher of Latin at the University of Gothenburg. Her doctoral thesis was a comparative study of the case grammar of Latin and the Sabellian languages, later published as A Sabellian Case Grammar. She currently holds a four-year research grant from the Swedish Research Council, in which project she analyses the arrival and development of writing on the Appenine peninsula.

She is a member of the working group Long-term Histories of Grammatical Traditions, administered by Dr. Philomen Probert, Wolfson College, Oxford. She also directs the Nordic classics network NordClass.

Selected publications:


Tikkanen, K. (2011) A Sabellian Case Grammar. Handbuch der italischen Dialekte. Band II. Heidelberg: Carl Winter.


Tikkanen, K. W. (in press) ‘On the Creation of a Narrative: the Ver Sacrum Ritual of Ancient Italy’. Mnemosyne.

Tikkanen, K. W. (2016) ‘Pre-Roman languages on the Apennine peninsula’. Archaeologia e calcolatori 26, pp. 309-10.

Tikkanen, K. W. (2014). ‘Att jämföra den latinska och den sabelliska kasusgrammatiken’. Annales Societatis Litterarum Humaniorum Regiae Upsaliensis 2012. pp. 133-140.

Tikkanen, K. W. (2012) ‘The Consequences of Truth’, Bulletin of the History of Archaeology 22(1):19-29. (

Tikkanen, K. W. (2011) ‘Comparative Historical Syntax. The genitive case in Latin and the Sabellian languages’. In: Renato Oniga, Rossella Iovino & Giuliana Giusti (eds.) Formal Linguistics and the Teaching of Latin. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing. pp. 173-186.

Tikkanen, K. W. (2011) ‘Societies without epics. The lost literatures of the Early Cultures on the Italian Peninsula’. In: Stavroula Varella (ed.) Languages and Cultures in Contact and Contrast: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives. Athens: ATINER. pp. 201-210.