Department of Linguistics & Near and Middle East Section

Dr Christopher Lucas

Key information

Roles
Department of Linguistics Senior Lecturer in Arabic Linguistics Senior Lecturer in Arabic Linguistics Member World Languages Institute Member
Department
Department of Linguistics & Near and Middle East Section
Qualifications
BA (London); MPhil, PhD (Cantab)
Building
Russell Square: College Buildings
Office
447
Email address
cl39@soas.ac.uk
Telephone number
+44(0) 20 7898 4318
Support hours
Monday 2.30pm - 4.30pm

Biography

I 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.

Research interests

My research focuses on the analysis and description of linguistic variation and change, especially in connection with Arabic and Maltese, though I also work on English. The primary empirical domains I have investigated to date include the expression of negation and of definiteness, and the historical developments observed cross-linguistically in each of these domains. I have also worked extensively on contact-induced grammatical change, as well as Language Analysis for the Determination of Origin (LADO) in the Arabic context. 

I welcome inquiries from PhD students wishing to focus on any aspect of Arabic or Maltese linguistics, or on grammatical change in Arabic, Afro-Asiatic or other languages.

PhD Supervision

Name Title
Ebany Dohle Náhuat-Pipil: The Encoding of Ecological Knowledge in Semantic and Lexical Categorisation Systems
Robert Laub A Comparison of the Portuguese Creoles of Malacca and Macau
Rafaa Taher S Ragebi

Publications

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