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

Head of Section

Dr Yan Jiang

BA Convenor

Dr Maria Flouraki (BA Linguistics and...)

ISP / Extended Essay Convenor

Dr Maria Flouraki

MA Convenors / Academic Advisers

Dr Yan Jiang, Dr Chris Lucas, Dr Julia Sallabank

Research Tutor

Dr Yan Jiang

UG Admissions Tutor

Dr Yan Jiang

UG Academic Advisers

Years 1-2: Dr Maria Flouraki

Years 3-4: Dr Aicha Belkadi; Dr Maria Flouraki

UG Exams Sub-board

Dr Yan Jiang (Chair), Dr Aicha Belkadi (Deputy)

NB: Endangered Languages team is no longer part of the Department of Linguistics, and has moved to SOAS Library.

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

  • Room: 430
  • Academic Support Hours: TERM 1: Tue 3-4pm (online); Wed 1-2pm (MB 430)
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: 430
  • Academic Support Hours: Tue 1.30-2.30pm (on campus); Wed 12-1pm (online)

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: On leave until 2022
Dr Yan JIANG 蔣嚴 蒋严
Senior 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: Face-to-face or outside: Wed 2-3pm; 4-5pm

Dr Gloria Lee
Lecturer in East Asian Translation Studies (Education)
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Translation as practice; Translation Pedagogy; Agency; Sociology of translation; Translator’s style and voice; Translation in the media; Discourse analysis; Translation discourse in modern China; Translation Theory; Translation and literary criticism.

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: Online by appointment

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: Please book an appointment (campus, online)
Professor Julia Sallabank
Professor of 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
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  • Room: 428b
  • Academic Support Hours: See full bio

Dr Nana Sato-Rossberg
Reader 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: By appointment/email
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 Feb 2022; online by appointment

Post-Doctoral Fellows

Dr Rados Voica
British Academy Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Linguistics
Staff Silhouette

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

  • Tel: +44(0)20 7898 4693
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  • Room: 430
  • Academic Support Hours: By appointment, online only

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 Irina Nikolaeva
Emeritus 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 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

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 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
Staff Silhouette

Phonological theory, morpho-phonology, prosodic/phrasal phonology, second language phonology, phonology-syntax interface, Bantu languages

Dr Joanna Nolan
Research Associate
Staff Silhouette

Sociolinguistics; historical linguistics; anthropological linguistics; language documentation and description; pidgins and creoles; Lingua Franca

Dr Sabina Shah
Research Associate
Staff Silhouette

Sociolinguistics, Language contact, English and Regional languages, Linguistic vitality, Linguistic landscape, Ethnomusicology, Ethnolinguistic culture, Plurilingualism, Translanguaging, Research Methods, Stylistics, Psychoanalysis

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.