Dr. Iván Igartua Ugarte

Iván Igartua (Vitoria-Gasteiz, 1972) holds a degree in Slavic Philology (Lomonosov University of Moscow, 1995), a degree in Hispanic Philology (UNED, 1997) and a PhD in Classical Philology (UPV/EHU, 2003, Special Prize 2005). His lines of research focus on historical linguistics, diachronic typology, the historical morphology of Slavic languages, the reconstruction of Proto-Basque and the historical lexicography of the Basque language. He has published several books and articles, as well as participated in international conferences and forums.

A Slavist and Hispanist by training (linguistic branch), he is currently Professor of Slavic Philology at the University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU). Between 2017 and 2021 he was Vice-Rector of the Alava Campus of the UPV/EHU. He has also held public posts in the administration of the Basque Autonomous Community, as a member of the Basque Language Advisory Council / Euskararen Aholku Batzordea and Director of Linguistic Coordination and Research of the Basque Government’s Department of Culture (2010-2013). Previously, he was academic secretary of the Faculty of Philology and Geography and History (UPV/EHU) between 2003 and 2007, and he is a formal member of the European Academy (Linguistic Studies). Some years ago, he served as a columnist for the Basque edition of the newspaper El País and published two literature books in Basque. Currently, he is finishing a monograph about the principles of linguistic typology (to be released in 2023) and writing opinion articles for the newspaper El Correo on a monthly basis.