Roey Schneider ist Doktorand am Altorientalischen Institut der Universität Leipzig.

My PhD research focuses on unexplained sibilant changes and correspondences among Semitic languages. Irregular sound correspondences are an instance of cognates seemingly expressing different underlying forms. All sounds have regular correspondences. For example, Hebrew /∫/ regularly corresponds to an Arabic /s/ or /θ/ and an Akkadian <Š>. However, in many lexical items, there is an irregular correspondence, meaning a Hebrew /∫/ may correspond to an Arabic /∫/ or an Akkadian /t͡s/. In my research I will map out all Semitic roots with sibilants in order to list cognates with regular and irregular correspondences. When analyzing these data, I will make use of linguistic methodologies such as Optimality Theory and Harmony Grammar, as well as Similarity models, while addressing articulatory, acoustic and perceptual features of these sibilants. In addition, I will survey the sibilants in the different Semitic languages, alongside their morphological uses. I will also analyze transcriptions of Semitic sibilants into foreign scripts and vice versa in order to achieve conclusions regarding the sibilant systems of ancient Semitic languages. 

Roey Schneider, Doktorand am Altorientalischen Institut der Universität Leipzig
Roey Schneider, Doktorand am Altorientalischen Institut der Universität Leipzig, Foto: Roey Schneider

Research Interests
Phonology; Semitic phylogenetics and subgrouping; Sibilants; Ancient Semitic Languages;
Ancient transcriptions of Semitic languages; Historical and Comparative Semitic Linguistics;
Reconstruction of Proto-Semitic; Optimality Theory; Dialectology; Eblaite; Amarna

Higher Education
2020: PhD, Ancient Near East Institute, Leipzig University. Dissertation topic: "Irregular
Correspondences of Sibilants in Semitic", supervised by Prof. Dr. Michael P. Streck, head of
the institute.
2018–20: MA, Department of Semitic Linguistics, Tel Aviv University. Thesis topic: “Case
Syncretism in Semitic: The Case of Arabic Plurals,” supervised by Dr. Evan Cohen of the
Department of Linguistics and Prof. Hezy Mutzafi, head of the Department of Hebrew
Language and Semitic Linguistics. Honors: summa cum laude (Average: 97)
2016–18: BA, Department of Hebrew Language and Semitic Linguistics, Tel Aviv University.
Honors: magna cum laude (Average: 93)
During these years, I have undergone advanced courses on the following languages (focusing
on Semitic languages): Aramaic (including Neo-Aramaic, Syriac, Biblical Aramaic and
dialectology of Pre-Modern Aramaic), Amharic, Modern South Arabian languages (mostly
Mehri), Ancient South Arabian languages (mostly Sabaic), Akkadian, Ugaritic, Phoenician,
Ge'ez, Modern Standard Arabic, Sumerian and Ancient Hebrew.

Additional Education
Summer 2019: A Summer school in Chinese language and culture at Shanghai International
Studies University, China.
Summer 2018: A summer school for MA and PhD students in languages and linguistics in
Leiden University, The Netherlands, including courses taught by international leading
specialists. Took courses on Cushitic languages (Prof. Martin Mous), Ugaritic (Prof.
Agustinus Gianto), Classical Mandaic (Prof. Holger Gzella), and historical grammar of
Hebrew (Prof. Benjamin Suchard).
2014: Advanced military courses in translation from Arabic, levels 9 and 11.
2012–13 a Pre-service course in the field of translating from Modern Standard Arabic. The
course included advanced material and was taught by leading academic specialists in
Arabic grammar.

Teaching Experience
2010–present: private teacher for Hebrew language and grammar, Arabic, and Semitic

Professional Experience
2011–present: Professional vocalizer (naqdan / diacriticist) for different texts such as poetry
books, children's books, and music albums. Worked with hundreds of texts for several book
publishing companies and private customers. Provided language consulting for media
institutions such as the Kan public broadcasting corporation and the Israeli educational
television. In addition, I worked with several high-tech companies in order to help them
develop automatic Niqqud. Among these are Google and Dicta.
2020: Research Assistant for the project "Legal Texts in Syriac" of Dr. Yifat Monnickendam.
2019: Research Assistant for the project “Linguistic and Textual Variants in the Scriptural
Dead Sea Scrolls” of Prof. Noam Mizrahi, head of the Department of Biblical Studies, Tel
Aviv University.
2017: Research Assistant for the project “Analysis of first and second-generation native
Hebrew speakers from a 1950s recording corpus” of Dr. Einat Gonen of the Department of
Hebrew Language, Tel Aviv University.
2013–16: Military service as a newspaper article translator from Arabic.

Additional Activity
2018–20: Co-established and ran an independent music label for Indie-Rock music including
musical co-operations between Jews and Palestinians in Hebrew and Arabic.
2017–18: Initiated, produced, and organized three tribute musical concerts for the Lebanese
band Mashrou' Leila in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, including Palestinian and Jewish musicians
singing in Arabic, Hebrew, and English.

Awards and Scholarships
2021: Ernst Ludwig Ehrlich Bewerbung for PhD Students
2020: Ignatz Bubis Distinction Scholarship for MA and PhD Students, Rosenberg School for
Jewish Studies and Archaeology, Tel Aviv University.
2018: Balaban-Glas Distinction Scholarship for MA Students, Rosenberg School for Jewish
Studies and Archaeology, Tel Aviv University.

Academic Publications
Schneider, R. and E. G. Cohen, 2021. Case Syncretism in Arabic Plurals. Radical, Vol. 3.

Non-Academic Publications
Poetry Books
Roey Schneider and other poems (Tel Aviv: Safra, 2012). Awarded with the Pesah Meilin
Award for Young Poets.
Three-four and (Tel Aviv: Olam Hadash, 2016)
An additional poetry book being edited (Tel Aviv: Mossad Bialik, 2022)
I have published poems in various newspapers such as Ha'aretz, Yediot Aharonot, and Ma'ariv
and poetry journals such as Oh!, Mashiv Haruach, Shvo, and Gag