Dr Christopher Lucas
BA (London); MPhil, PhD (Cantab)
Lecturer in Arabic Linguistics
Lecturer in Arabic Linguistics
- Dr Christopher Lucas
- Email address:
- +44 (0)20 7898 4318
- SOAS, University of London
Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London WC1H 0XG
- Russell Square: College Buildings
- Office No:
- Office Hours:
- Fridays 3-5pm
- Curriculum Vitae:
- Christopher Lucas' Curriculum Vitae (pdf; 207kb)
BiographyI did my undergraduate studies in Arabic at SOAS, and my postgraduate studies in Linguistics at the University of Cambridge. Before taking up my current position at SOAS, I was Research Associate in the Department of Linguistics at the University of Cambridge and then British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Linguistics at SOAS.
- Dynamic Syntax
- Historical Linguistics
- Historical Linguistics (Masters)
- Introduction to Arabic Dialects
- Introduction to Arabic Linguistics
PhD Students supervised
- Abel Zadoks, Tibetan Historical Syntax
- Charlotte Hemmings, The Kelabit Language, Austronesian Voice and Syntactic Theory
- Ghalia al Mubarak, Sociolinguistic Variation in the Arabic Dialect of al-ʾAḥsāʾ, Saudi Arabia
- Saba Tifooni, A Cross-linguistic and Cross-cultural Investigation of Non-equivalent Emotions in Second Language Learning: Frustration and Excitement between English and Kuwaiti Arabic
My principal research interests are in grammatical change and the interface between syntax, semantics and pragmatics, with a primary focus on Arabic and other Afro-Asiatic languages. To date, much of my research has centred around two empirical domains: the expression of negation and of definiteness, and the historical developments observed cross-linguistically in each of these domains. I also have significant interests in language contact and the development of general cognitive theories of contact-induced grammatical change.
I welcome inquiries from PhD students wishing to focus on any aspect of Arabic linguistics, or on grammatical change in Arabic, Afro-Asiatic or other languages.
Willis, David and Lucas, Christopher and Breitbarth, Anne, eds. (2013) The History of Negation in the Languages of Europe and the Mediterranean. Volume I: Case Studies. Oxford: Oxford University Press. (Oxford Studies in Diachronic and Historical Linguistics)
Breitbarth, Anne and Lucas, Christopher and Watts, Sheila and Willis, David, eds. (2010) Continuity and Change in Grammar. Amsterdam: John Benjamins. (Linguistik aktuell, Bd. 159)
Lucas, Christopher (2013) 'Negation in the History of Arabic and Afro-Asiatic.' In: Willis, David and Lucas, Christopher and Breitbarth, Anne, (eds.), The History of Negation in the Languages of Europe and the Mediterranean, Volume I: Case Studies. Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 399-452. (Oxford Studies in Diachronic and Historical Linguistics)
Breitbarth, Anne and Lucas, Christopher and Willis, David (2013) 'Incipient Jespersen's Cycle: the (non-)grammaticalization of new negative markers.' In: Fleischer, Jürg and Simon, Horst, (eds.), Sprachvandelvergleich - Comparing Diachronies. Berlin: De Gruyter, pp. 141-162. (Linguistische Arbeiten)
Lucas, Christopher (2011) 'Form-function mismatches in (formally) definite English noun phrases: Towards a diachronic account.' In: The Noun Phrase in Romance and Germanic: Structure, Variation and Change. Amsterdam: John Benjamins, pp. 159-174. (Linguistik Aktuell/Linguistics Today)
Lucas, Christopher (2011) 'Definiteness, Procedural Encoding and the Limits of Accommodation.' In: Escandell-Vidal, Victoria and Leonetti, Manuel and Ahern, Aoife, (eds.), Procedural Meaning: Problems and Perspectives. Bingley, UK: Emerald Publishing, pp. 157-182. (Current Research in the Semantics/Pragmatics Interface 25)
Lucas, Christopher (2012) 'Contact-induced grammatical change: towards an explicit account.' Diachronica, 29 (3). pp. 275-300.
Lucas, Christopher and Willis, David (2012) 'Never again: the multiple grammaticalization of never as a marker of negation in English.' English Language and Linguistics, 16 (3). pp. 459-485.
Lucas, Christopher and Lash, Elliott (2010) 'Contact as catalyst: The case for Coptic influence in the development of Arabic negation.' Journal of Linguistics, 46 (2). pp. 379-413.
Lucas, Christopher (2010) 'Negative -š in Palestinian (and Cairene) Arabic: Present and possible past.' Brill's Annual of Afroasiatic Languages and Linguistics, 2 (1). pp. 165-201.
Lucas, Christopher (2007) 'Jespersen's Cycle in Arabic and Berber.' Transactions of the Philological Society, 105 (3). pp. 398-431.