About

Christopher Culver in Kaliningrad, June 2012

In Kaliningrad, June 2012

I’m a linguist, dividing my time between Helsinki, Finland and Cluj-Napoca/Kolozsvár, Romania, and very passionate about languages and travel.

Studies

My undergraduate studies were done at Saint Louis University (Madrid Campus) and Loyola University Chicago. I received a B.A. Classics from LUC in 2006. My focus was on the genetic relationship of Classical Greek and Latin through Proto-Indo-European; I had little interest in ancient literature or history.

In mid-2006 I then undertook graduate studies in Finno-Ugrian linguistics at the University of Helsinki and received an M.A. in 2012, writing a thesis that compares verbs of motion in Meadow Mari and Chuvash.

My extra-curricular obsessions include Old Church Slavonic and the diachrony of the modern Slavonic languages.

Faith

I profess Christianity (as set forth in e.g. the Nicene Creed). In March of 2005 I entered the catechumenate of the Orthodox Church. In Helsinki I am a member of the parish of Uspensky Cathedral (Finnish Orthodox Church), while in Cluj I attend services at Ss. Constantine and Helena (Romanian Orthodox Church).

I am a great admirer of the work of the philosopher of religion Richard Swinburne.

Interests

See my many reviews at Amazon.com.

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