SOAS University of London

Department of Linguistics, School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics

Linguists in other Departments


Graham Furniss
Professor of African Language Literature
African language literature; comparative African literature; Hausa language, linguistics and literature; Nigerian culture and language issues

Chege Githiora
Senior Lecturer in Swahili
Swahili language, literature and linguistics; lexicography; Kikuyu language and literature; language planning and policy in East Africa; African diaspora in Latin America; language and culture in East Africa; orthography and standardization of African languages

Philip J Jaggar
Emeritus Professor of West African Linguistics
Hausa language and linguistics; comparative Chadic

Friederike Lüpke
Professor of Language Documentation and Description
Language documentation and description, contact linguistics, anthropological linguistics, syntax-semantics interface, argument structure, Ajami writing in Africa, Niger-Congo languages, Mande languages, Atlantic languages, Jalonke (Fuuta Jalon, Guinea), Bainouk (Casamance, Senegal)

Martin Orwin
Senior Lecturer in Somali and Amharic
Somali and Amharic language and literature; metrics and use of language in poetry

Akin Oyètádé
Senior Lecturer in Yorùbá
Yorùbá language and literature; Yorùbá culture and linguistics with special reference to phonology; Yorùbá in the diaspora

Japan and Korea

Jae Hoon Yeon
Professor of Korean Language and Linguistics
Korean language and linguistics, especially morpho-syntax and linguistic typology; structure and history of Korean language; Korean language teaching and translation; modern Korean literature

Barbara Pizziconi
Reader in Applied Japanese Linguistics
Japanese applied linguistics; language teaching methodology; second language acquisition with emphasis on pragmatic aspects; linguistic politeness

Near and Middle East

Mustafa Shah
Senior Lecturer in Islamic Studies
The early Arabic linguistic tradition; classical Islamic theology and jurisprudence