University of Bonn

Alexander Falileyev worked at the Institute of Linguistic Studies, St. Petersburg, University of Bonn, Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies and Aberystwyth University. His research interests include historical linguistics and langue contact. He has surveyed all ancient Celtic linguistic remnants in Eastern Europe (cf. monographs published in 2007, 2012, 2013, and 2014) and is the author of Dictionary of Continental Celtic Place-Names (Aberystwyth 2010). He also did research on various Indo-European languages, including those fragmentarily attested (Thracian, Venetic, Ligurian, “Histrian”, etc.) and published several books on the history of Welsh (e.g., Etymological Glossary of Old Welsh (Tübingen 2000), or Manual of Old Welsh, now available in three languages).

Selected publications:


Llawlyfr Hen Gymraeg. Caerfyrddin: Y Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol, 2016.

In search of the Eastern Celts. Studies in geographical names, their distribution and morphology, Budapest 2014.

The Celtic Balkans, Aberystwyth 2013. 

Selecta Celto-Balcanica, St. Petersburg 2012.

Early Welsh Poetry. Texts, translations, commentaries, St. Petersburg 2012 (in Russian).

CelticBulgaria. A Select Bibliography, St. Petersburg 2010 (with J. Emilov and N. Theodossiev).

Dictionary of Continental Celtic Place-Names, Aberystwyth, 2010 (with A. E. Gohil and N. Ward).

La vieux-Gallois, Potsdam 2008.

Celtic Dacia. Personal names, place-names and ethnic names of Celtic origin in Dacia and Scythia Minor, Aberystwyth 2007.

Welsh Walter of Henley, Dublin 2006.

Place-names of the Eastern Balkans in Ptolemy’s Geography. Critical-bibliographical Investigations, München 2006.

The Leyden Leechbook. A study of the Earliest Neo-Brittonic Medical Compilation, Innsbruck 2005 (with M. E. Owen).

Etymological Glossary of Old Welsh, Tübingen 2000.


“Where linguistics fails: towards interpretations of some divine names in the Roman Danubian Provinces”, in L. Zerbini (ed.), Culti e religiosità nelle province Danubiane, Bologna 2015, 167-176.   

“A Folk who will never speak: Bell Beakers and linguistics”, in M. P. Prieto and L. Salanova (eds.), The Bell Beaker Transition in Europe: Mobility and local evolution during the 3rd millennium BC, Oxford 2015, 1-7.

“Varia Dalmatica”, Indoevropejskoie yazykoznanije i klassičeskaja filologija 19, 2015, 923-934.

“Varia Thracica et Pseudo-Thracica”, Orpheus 20, 2013, 5-14.

“Miscellanea Venetica”, Indoevropejskoie yazykoznanije i klassičeskaja filologija 18, 2014, 933-949.

“Gaulish word for ‘thin’ and some personal names from Roman Siscia”, Studia Celtica 48, 2014, 107-137.

“‘Salty’ Geographical Names: A Fresh Look”, in M. Alexianu, O. Weller, R.-G. Curcă (eds.), Archaeology and Anthropology of salt: a diachronic approach, Oxford:2011, 209-214.

Society and religion in Ilişua: a comment, in Studia Antiqua et Archaeologica 17 (2011), 155-161.