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 Ben Murtagh

Learning & Teaching Coordinator

Professor Justin Watkins

Research Coordinator

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 Anne Pauwels

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
Austin Peter - 240 186 56

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
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  • Room: 364
  • Office Hours: Tuesdays 2-3pm and Thursdays 3-4pm
Aicha Belkadi
Senior Teaching Fellow
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Descriptive and Theoretical Linguistics, Typology, Berber, Sociolinguistics

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  • Room: 376
  • Office Hours: Monday 11am-1pm (Term time only)

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
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  • Room: 369
  • Office Hours: Friday 2-4pm
Dongning Feng
Senior Lecturer in Translation Studies
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  • Tel: +44(0) 20 7898 4298
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  • Room: 406
  • Office Hours: Tuesdays 10:30-12:30

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
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
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  • Room: 377
  • Office Hours: Not teaching in 2017/18

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
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  • Room: 401
  • Office Hours: Mondays 11am-1pm
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
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  • Room: 393
  • Office Hours: Wednesday 11.00-13.00 and by appointment

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
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  • Room: 447
  • Office Hours: Tuesdays 10-12 or by email appointment
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
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  • Room: 360
  • Office Hours: Tue 11-12 & Wed 12-1. 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
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  • Room: 428a
  • Office Hours: See information outside rm 428a/or by appointment
Anne Pauwels
Professor of Sociolinguistics
Professor Anne Pauwels

Applied linguistics and sociolinguistics

  • Tel: +44 (0)207 898 4474
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  • Room: 372
  • Office Hours: Tuesdays 5-6pm / Wednesdays 2-3pm

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
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  • Room: 428b
  • Office Hours: By appointment via email.

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
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  • Room: 380
  • Office Hours: Wednesdays 15:05-16:00 / Thursdays 15:00-15:55
Sheena Shah
Lecturer in Linguistics and Languages of Africa and Asia
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.

To book an appointment visit: you can book me

  • Tel: 020 7898 4210
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  • Room: 430
  • Office Hours: Please email for an appointment

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
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  • Room: 462
  • Office Hours: Thursday 11-1. Email for an appointment.

Post-Doctoral Fellows

András Bárány
AHRC-funded Post-doctoral Researcher
Barany Andras - LIN IMG 240 186 56

Syntax, Morphosyntax, Typology, Uralic, Generative syntax, Hungarian, Case and

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
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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.

Research Associates

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.

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