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

Dr Dana Healy

Research Coordinator

Professor Friederike Luepke

Undergraduate Admissions Tutor

Mohamed Said

Undergraduate Programme Convenor

Dr Christopher Lucas

Postgraduate Programme Convenors

Professor Peter Austin (MA Linguistics Term 1, MA Language Documentation and Description Term 1)

Dr Yan Jiang (MA Linguistics Terms 2-3, MA Language Documentation and Description Terms 2-3)

Dr Dongning Feng (MA Translation Term 1)

Dr Nana Sato-Rossberg (MA Translation Term 1)

Postgraduate Research Tutor

Professor Anne Pauwels

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

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

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  • Room: 376
  • Academic Support Hours: Monday 11am-1pm (Term time only)
Dr 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
  • Academic Support Hours: Tuesday 11:30-12:30, Friday 13:45-14:45

Dr Dongning Feng
Senior Lecturer in Translation Studies
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  • Tel: +44(0) 20 7898 4298
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  • 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
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  • Room: 376
  • Academic Support Hours: Email for an appointment

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
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  • 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
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  • Room: 393
  • Academic Support Hours: Monday 3.30-5pm

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
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  • Room: 447
  • Academic Support Hours: ON LEAVE AND AWAY FROM SOAS 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
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  • Room: 426
  • Academic Support Hours: On Research Leave in Term 2

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
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  • Room: 428a
  • Academic Support Hours: See information outside rm 428a/or by appointment
Professor Anne Pauwels
Professor of Sociolinguistics
Professor Anne Pauwels

Applied linguistics and sociolinguistics

  • Tel: +44 (0)207 898 4474
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  • Room: 372
  • Academic Support Hours: TERM 1: Tue 2-3, Thu 3-4. TERM 2: Tue 2-3, Thu 1-2

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 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
  • Academic Support Hours: Thursday 3.30-4.30pm (except Week 6)

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
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  • Room: 380
  • Academic Support Hours: Monday 13:00-14:50
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
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  • Room: 462
  • Academic Support Hours: On leave until April 2019 - SEE BELOW

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.

Support Staff

Professorial Research Associates

Research Associates

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
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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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