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Department of Linguistics

Linguistics Department Staff

Head of Department

Professor Irina Nikolaeva

Undergraduate Admissions Tutor

Dr Christopher Lucas

Undergraduate Programme Convenor

Dr Christopher Lucas (BA Linguistics)

Postgraduate Programme Convenors

Dr Barbara Pizziconi ( MA Arabic Language Teaching, MA Applied Linguistics and Language Pedagogy)

Professor Itesh Sachdev (MA Language Documentation and Description, MA Linguistics)

Dr Defeng Li ( MA Theory and Practice of Translation)

Postgraduate Research Tutor

Professor Peter Austin

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: 020 7898 4586
  • Email: pa2@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 363
  • Office Hours: Tuesdays 12-1pm/Wednesdays 12-1pm
Aicha Belkadi
Teaching Fellow
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Wynn Chao
Lecturer in Linguistics
Wynn Chao Formal and comparative syntax; semantics; the syntax-semantics interface; language universals and typology; psycholinguistics; Chinese; Romance languages
  • Tel: 020 7898 4648
  • Email: wc@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 374
  • On Sabbatical:On leave 2013-14
Monik Charette
Senior Lecturer in Linguistics
Monik Charette

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

  • Tel: 020 7898 4647
  • Email: mc@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 369
  • Office Hours: Please email for an appointment

Dongning Feng
Senior Lecturer in Translation Studies
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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
Lecturer in Tibetan and Linguistics (on research leave)
Nathan Hill Tibetan language from Old Tibetan to Modern Standard Tibetan; Tibetan historical and biographical literature; Central Asian languages, in particular Mongolian; Chinese minorities
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: 020 7898 4394
  • Email: ni3@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 401
  • Office Hours: Mondays 11-12/Thursdays 4-5pm

Christopher Lucas
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: Fridays 3-5pm
Friederike Lüpke
Professor in Language Documentation and Description
Friederike Lüpke

Language documentation and description, contact linguistics, anthropological linguistics, syntax-semantics interface, argument structure, Ajami writing in Africa, Niger-Congo languages, Mande languages, Atlantic languages, Jalonke (Fuuta Jalon, Guinea), Bainouk (Casamance, Senegal)

  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4581
  • Email: fl2@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: T404
  • Office Hours: By pre-arranged appointment
  • On Sabbatical:Term 1 2013/14

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: 020 7898 4653
  • Email: lm5@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 473
  • Office Hours: Thursdays 3-5pm
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 Professor of Sociolinguistics and Dean of the Faculty of Languages and Cultures
Kirsty Rowan
Senior Teaching Fellow
Kirsty Rowan

Comparative and theoretical phonology, Ancient Egyptian and Meroitic phonology, writing systems, Afro-Caribbean ritual languages

  • Tel: 020 7631 6738
  • Email: kr2@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 369
  • Office Hours: Tuesdays 12-1pm

Julia Sallabank
Senior Lecturer in Language Support 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
Candide Simard
Volskwagen Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow
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
  • Office Hours: Wednesdays 16:00 - 17:00/ Thursdays 10:00-11:00

Justin Watkins
Senior Lecturer in the Languages and Linguistics of South East Asia
Justin Watkins

Burmese language and literature; Mon-Khmer and Tibeto-Burman languages; phonetics and speech acoustics; computer lexicography; sign languages in South East Asia

  • Tel: 020 7898 4254
  • Email: jw2@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 462
  • Office Hours: Wednesdays 1-3pm

Post-Doctoral Fellows

Alexander Cobbinah
Post-Doctoral Fellows
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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 Archive Staff

Tom Castle
Endangered Languages Archive Technician
Tom Castle

Technical support for the Endangered Languages Archive (ELAR)


Endangered Languages Documentation Programme

Jenny Martin
Programme Administrator for the Endangered Languages Documentation Programme (ELDP)
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Mandana Seyfeddinipur
Director, Endangered Languages Documentation Programme
Senior Research Fellow
Mandana Seyfeddinipur

Language documentation, cultural and linguistic diversity in language use, multimodality with a focus on gesture, visual mode of language, language use and language documentation, pragmatics, psycholinguistics, the video in language documentation.


Support Staff

Bernard J Howard
Technician
Bernard Howard

Technical and audio-visual support for the Department of Linguistics


Professorial Research Associates

Martha Carswell Pennington
Professorial Research Associate
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Research Associates

Seongsook Choi
Research Associate
Seongsook Choi

Syntax, syntax-lexicon/semantics interface, lexical semantics, event semantics, lexical aspect, complex predicates, multiple verb constructions, argument structure, Korean, West African languages, South Asian/Oceanic languages.

Meili Fang
Research Associate
Meili Fang

Japanese, Chinese, and Taiwanese: syntax, semantics and pedagogy. Language teaching methodologies and resources.


Aslı Göksel
Research Associate
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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.


Sean Jensen
Research Associate
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Ruth Kempson
Professorial Research Associate
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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.

Nancy Kula
Research Associate
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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
Tanya Slavin
Research Associate
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Eli Timan
Research Associate
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