SOAS University of London

Department of Linguistics, School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics

Department of Linguistics Staff

Head of the School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics

Dr Nana Sato-Rossberg

Undergraduate Admissions Tutor

Mr Mohamed Said

Undergraduate Programme Convenor

Dr Maria Flouraki (BA Linguistics, BA Linguistics and...)

Postgraduate Programme Convenors

Dr Yan Jiang (MA Linguistics, MA Linguistics and Intensive Language, MA Language Documentation and Description)

Dr Dongning Feng (MA Translation)

Postgraduate Research Tutor

Professor Irina Nikolaeva and Dr Yan Jiang

Please note that for Masters Students, the Postgraduate Programme Convenor is also the Admissions Tutor and Academic Advisor.

Dr Aicha Belkadi
Senior Teaching Fellow
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Descriptive and Theoretical Linguistics, Typology, Berber, Sociolinguistics

  • Email: ab105@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 430
  • Academic Support Hours: Tuesday 11-11.30, Friday 1-1.30, or by appointment
Dr Dongning Feng
Senior Lecturer in Translation Studies
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  • Tel: +44(0) 20 7898 4298
  • Email: df14@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 406
  • Academic Support Hours: Tuesdays 10:30-12:30

Dr 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
  • Email: mf44@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 430
  • Academic Support Hours: Wednesday 11am-1pm
Dr Nathan W. Hill
Reader in Tibetan and Historical Linguistics
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

  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4512
  • Email: nh36@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 456
  • Academic Support Hours: Not teaching in 2018/19

Dr Yan JIANG 蔣嚴 蒋严
Lecturer in Linguistics & the languages of China
Yan Jiang

Semantics, pragmatics, Chinese linguistics

  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4213
  • Email: yj9@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 393
  • Academic Support Hours: Monday 3-5pm
Dr Christopher Lucas
Senior Lecturer in Arabic Linguistics
Chris Lucas

Historical linguistics, Arabic linguistics, Maltese linguistics, Arabic dialectology, language contact, linguistic variation, contact-induced language change, Language Analysis for the Determination of Origin, Dynamic Syntax, Relevance Theory, Arabic language, Afro-Asiatic languages, English

  • Tel: +44(0) 20 7898 4318
  • Email: cl39@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 447
  • Academic Support Hours: Away on Research Leave 2019/20

Professor 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: 426
  • Academic Support Hours: On Research Leave in Term 1

Professor 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
  • Academic Support Hours: See information outside rm 428a/or by appointment
Dr 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.

Dr Julia Sallabank
Reader in Language Policy and Revitalisation
Julia Sallabank

Sociolinguistics, language policy and planning, endangered languages, revitalisation methods, multilingualism, language documentation, language and development.  British Isles, Channel Islands/Guernesiais,  Oceania (language policies and attitudes), Thailand (minority language support and revitalisation).

  • Tel: 020 7898 4326
  • Email: js72@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 428b
  • Academic Support Hours: TERM 1: Tuesday 1.30-2.30; Friday 11.30-12.30
Dr Nana Sato-Rossberg
Senior Lecturer in Translation Studies
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
  • Academic Support Hours: Monday 13:00-14:50

Dr George Starling
Senior Teaching Fellow in Linguistics
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Phonetics & phonology; language acquisition; speech production & perception; statistical learning in infancy; child-directed speech; English vowel systems; computational linguistics

Professor 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
  • Academic Support Hours: Monday 4-5, Thursday 3-4, or email for appointment

Post-Doctoral Fellows

Dr Rados Voica
British Academy Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Linguistics
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Language documentation, endangered languages, field linguistics and linguistic theory, information structure, syntax-semantics-pragmatics interface, predicate-argument relations, Role and Reference Grammar, prosody, autosegmental metrical models, historical linguistics, Austronesian languages, Romance languages


Emeritus Professors

Professor Peter Austin
Emeritus Professor in Field Linguistics
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Typology, morpho-syntax, language documentation and description, historical linguistics, Lexical-Functional grammar, computer-aided linguistic analysis, Austronesian languages, Australian Aboriginal languages

Professor 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)


Professor 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

Ms Jenny Martin
Programme Administrator for the Endangered Languages Documentation Programme (ELDP)
Jenny Martin
Dr 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.

Professorial Research Associates




Research Associates

Dr Monik Charette
Research Associate
Monik Charette

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


Dr Aslı Göksel
Research Associate
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Word structure, morphology-syntax interface, prosody-syntax interface, information structure, Altaic languages, Turkish, Turkish Sign Language


Dr Melanie Green
Research Associate
Melanie Green

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


Dr Noriko Iwasaki
Research Associate
Norika Iwasaki

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

Dr Nancy Kula
Research Associate
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Phonological theory, morpho-phonology, prosodic/phrasal phonology, second language phonology, phonology-syntax interface, Bantu languages



Dr Sheena Shah
Research Associate
SHAH Sheena - ss170 - LIN - 240, 186, 56

Sociolinguistics, endangered, minority and heritage languages, language documentation and revitalisation, language maintenance and shift, language policy, language and education, Khoisan languages, Bantu languages, Gujarati, German in Namibia and South Africa.

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