SOAS University of London

Department of Linguistics

Linguistics Department Staff

Head of Department

Professor Irina Nikolaeva

Undergraduate Admissions Tutor

Dr Chris Lucas

Undergraduate Programme Convenor

Dr Chris Lucas (BA Linguistics)

Postgraduate Programme Convenors

Dr Noriko Iwasaki (MA Arabic Language Teaching)

Dr Noriko Iwasaki (MA Applied Linguistics and Language Pedagogy, Terms 1 & 3)

Dr Monik Charette (MA Applied Linguistics and Language Pedagogy, Term 2)

Dr Julia Sallabank (MA Language Documentation and Description, MA Linguistics, MA Linguistics and Language)

Dr Dongning Feng (MA Theory and Practice of Translation)

Postgraduate Research Tutor

Professor Peter Austin

Dr Dongning Feng (Translation Studies)

Please note that for Masters Students the Admissions Tutor and Personal Tutor is the Postgraduate Programme Convenor.

Peter Austin
Marit Rausing Chair in Field Linguistics
Peter Austin

Typology, morpho-syntax, language documentation and description, historical linguistics, Lexical-Functional grammar, computer-aided linguistic analysis, Austronesian languages, Australian Aboriginal languages

  • Tel: +44(0) 20 7898 4586
  • Email: pa2@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 364
  • Office Hours: Tuesdays 2-3pm/Thursdays 12-1pm (term 1)

Monik Charette
Senior Lecturer in Linguistics
Monik Charette

Phonology, morpho-phonology, stress systems, vowel harmony, syllabic structure, word-structure, Altaic languages, Turkish, French

  • Tel: +44(0) 20 7898 4647
  • Email: mc@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 369
  • Office Hours: Wednesday 12noon-1pm/Friday 3.30-4.30pm (term 1)

Maria Flouraki
Senior Teaching Fellow
Maria Flouraki
Syntax, syntax-semantics interface, formal semantics, lexical semantics, constraint-based frameworks (LFG and HPSG), lexical aspect, negation, argument structure, Romance languages, Greek, South-Asian languages
Nathan W. Hill
Reader in Tibetan and Historical Linguistics (on research leave)
Nathan Hill

Tibetan language from Old Tibetan to Modern Standard Tibetan; Tibetan historical and biographical literature; historical, descriptive and corpus linguistics, in particular with reference to Tibetan or other Tibeto-Burman/Sino-Tibetan languages; Chinese minorities; Mongolian


Noriko Iwasaki
Senior Lecturer in Language Pedagogy
Norika Iwasaki

Second language acquisition (grammatical and pragmatic development, impact of study abroad), language pedagogy, psycholinguistics (language production, cognition and language), Japanese linguistics.

  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4394
  • Email: ni3@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 401
  • Office Hours: Mondays 11am-1pm
Yan JIANG 蔣嚴 蒋严
Lecturer in Linguistics & the languages of China
Yan Jiang

Semantics (mainly compositional semantics), pragmatics (relevance theory, formal pragmatics), Chinese linguistics (syntax, semantics and pragmatics of Mandarin, Wu and Yue dialects), dynamic syntax, Chinese rhetoric, linguistic theory of translation, literary stylistics

  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4213
  • Email: yj9@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 393
  • Office Hours: Wednesday 11.00-13.00

Christopher Lucas
Senior Lecturer in Arabic Linguistics
Chris Lucas

Historical linguistics, Arabic linguistics, the syntax–semantics interface, pragmatics, philosophy of language, Dynamic Syntax, Relevance Theory, Arabic language, Afro-Asiatic languages

  • Tel: +44(0) 20 7898 4318
  • Email: cl39@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 447
  • Office Hours: Mondays 2-3pm/Tuesdays 2.30-3.30pm
Lutz Marten
Professor of General and African Linguistics
Lutz Marten

Bantu languages and linguistics; syntax; semantics; pragmatics; historical linguistics; language and society in Eastern and Southern Africa

  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4653
  • Email: lm5@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 360
  • Office Hours: Please email for an appointment

Irina Nikolaeva
Professor of Linguistics
Irina Nikolaeva

Syntax, morphology, information structure, typology, lexicalist theories of grammar, Construction Grammar, documentation of endangered languages, Palaeosiberian linguistics, Uralic languages, Altaic languages, Tundra Nenets (northwestern Siberia)

  • Tel: 020 7898 4250
  • Email: in3@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 428a
  • Office Hours: See information outside rm 428a/or by appointment
Anne Pauwels
Professor of Sociolinguistics
Professor Anne Pauwels
  • Tel: +44 (0)207 898 4474
  • Email: ap62@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 372
  • Office Hours: Wednesdays 2-3pm/Thursdays 11am-12 noon

Sarah Pett
Lecturer in English
Sarah Pett

Modern and contemporary Anglophone literature, the medical humanities, and South African studies.

  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4384
  • Email: sp52@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 463
  • Office Hours: Monday and Thursday, 11-12
Kirsty Rowan
Senior Teaching Fellow
Kirsty Rowan
Meroitic and Ancient Egyptian phonology, Nobiin Nubian language documentation and description, the ritual use of language in claims of possession, religion and language, iconicity, Cognitive Linguistics.

Julia Sallabank
Reader in Language Policy and Revitalisation
Julia Sallabank

Sociolinguistics, language support, language policy, revitalisation methods, literacy practices in endangered languages, Guernesiais, British Isles, Oceania (language policies and attitudes)

  • Tel: 020 7898 4326
  • Email: js72@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 428b
  • Office Hours: Please email me for an appointment
Nana Sato-Rossberg
Lecturer in Translation Studies and Japanese Language
Nano Sato-Rossberg

History of Translation Studies in Japan, Intergeneric translations (manga to film), Translation of oral narratives or orality, Cultural translation, The relationship between translation and power.

  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4224
  • Email: ns27@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 380
  • Office Hours: Monday 4-5pm /Friday 4-5pm (term 1)

Sheena Shah
Lecturer in Linguistics and Languages of Africa and Asia
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Sociolinguistics, endangered, minority and heritage languages, language documentation and revitalisation, language maintenance and shift, language policy, language and education, non-Bantu click languages, Gujarati, German in Namibia and South Africa.

  • Tel: 020 7898 4210
  • Email: ss170@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 430
  • Office Hours: Tuesdays 10-11/Fridays 11-12 (term 1)
Candide Simard
Senior Teaching Fellow
Candide Simard

Prosody, information structure and language contact. Jaminjung,Ngarinyman and all Australian languages. Language documentation and description.

  • Email: cs75@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: T401, 21/22 Russell Square
  • Office Hours: Wednesdays 12noon-1pm

Justin Watkins
Professor of Burmese
Justin Watkins

Burmese languages and Burmese linguistics; language policy in Burma; experimental and acoustic phonetics; computer lexicography; minority languages of South East Asia; Mon-Khmer and Tibeto Burman languages; tone languages. Sign languages in Burma and South East Asia.

  • Tel: 020 7898 4254
  • Email: jw2@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 462
  • Office Hours: email for an appointment

Post-Doctoral Fellows

Lauren Gawne
ELDP-funded Post-Doctoral Research Fellow
Lauren Gawne

Language documentation, Tibetic languages, Evidentiality, Gesture


Hannah Gibson
British Academy Post-Doctoral Research Fellow
Hannah Gibson
Project Title:Pathways of change at the northern Bantu borderlands

Rachel Watson
Leverhulme Post-Doctoral Fellow
Staff Silhouette

Noun classification, Cognitive Linguistics, language documentation and description, Joola languages, language contact, multilingualism, morphology


Emeritus Professors

Bruce Ingham
Emeritus Professor of Arabic Dialect Studies (Retired)
Bruce Ingham

General descriptive linguistics, Arabic, Persian, North American Indian languages, dialects and oral literature of the Arabian Peninsula - in particular the dialects of the Arabian bedouin, covering the dialects of the Al Dhafir, Mutair, Al Murrah and Rwalah tribes; Lakota (Siouan), Cree (Algonquian)

Itesh Sachdev
Emeritus Professor of Language and Communication
Itesh Sachdev

Social psychology of language and intergroup relations, intercultural communication, identity (minority and majority), bi-multilingualism, multiculturalism, language attitudes and motivations


Endangered Languages Documentation Programme

Jenny Martin
Programme Administrator for the Endangered Languages Documentation Programme (ELDP)
Jenny Martin
Mandana Seyfeddinipur
Director, Endangered Languages Documentation Programme
Senior Research Fellow
Mandana Seyfeddinipur
Language documentation, linguistic and cognitive diversity, multimodality with a focus on manual gesture, visual mode of language, language use and language documentation, pragmatics, psycholinguistics, the role of video in language documentation.

Support Staff


Professorial Research Associates

Ruth Kempson
Professorial Research Associate
Staff Silhouette

Syntax, semantics, Dynamic Syntax, diachronic syntax, modelling of dialogue in formal theories of language

Tania Kouteva
Professorial Research Associate
Tania Kouteva

Grammatical typology, grammaticalization, morphosyntax, language contact, language evolution.



Research Associates


Aslı Göksel
Research Associate
Staff Silhouette

Word structure, morphology-syntax interface, prosody-syntax interface, information structure, Altaic languages, Turkish, Turkish Sign Language

Melanie Green
Research Associate
Melanie Green

Descriptive grammar and syntactic theory, information structure, syntactic typology, West African languages, especially Hausa and Kenyang.


Nancy Kula
Research Associate
Staff Silhouette

Phonological theory, morpho-phonology, prosodic/phrasal phonology, second language phonology, phonology-syntax interface, Bantu languages


Stuart McGill
Research Associate
Staff Silhouette
Discourse pragmatics, noun class/gender systems and agreement, language documentation and description, technology and language documentation, typology, phonology, Cicipu language (Kainji, Nigeria), Kainji languages, Benue-Congo languages