My principal research interests are in grammatical change and the interface between morphosyntax, semantics and pragmatics, with a primary focus on Arabic and other Afro-Asiatic languages, though I also work on English. My earlier research centred around two empirical domains: the expression of negation and of definiteness, and the historical developments observed cross-linguistically in each of these domains. More recently I have worked on contact-induced grammatical change, as well as linguistic variation in Maltese. My current AHRC-funded project focuses on contact-induced change in Arabic and other languages, as well as Language Analysis for the Determination of Origin (LADO) in the Arabic context. See here for more details.
I welcome inquiries from PhD students wishing to focus on any aspect of Arabic linguistics, or on grammatical change in Arabic, Afro-Asiatic or other languages.
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Breitbarth, Anne and Lucas, Christopher and Willis, David (2020) The History of Negation in the Languages of Europe and the Mediterranean. Volume II: Patterns and Processes. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Lucas, Christopher (2018) 'On Wilmsen on the development of postverbal negation in dialectal Arabic'. Zeitschrift für Arabische Linguistik, (67), pp 44-71.
Krug, Manfred and Lucas, Christopher (2018) 'Definite article (omission) in British, Maltese, and other Englishes'. STUF - Language Typology and Universals - Sprachtypologie und Universalienforschung, (71) 2, pp 261-301.
Arnold, Doug and Lucas, Christopher (2017) 'One of Those Constructions that Really Needs a Proper Analysis'. Proceedings of the Joint 2016 Conference on Head-driven Phrase Structure Grammar and Lexical Functional Grammar, pp 43-63.
Lucas, Christopher (2012) 'Contact-induced grammatical change: towards an explicit account'. Diachronica, (29) 3, pp 275-300.
Lucas, Christopher and Willis, David (2012) 'Never again: the multiple grammaticalization of never as a
marker of negation in English'. English Language and Linguistics, (16) 3, pp 459-485.
Lucas, Christopher and Lash, Elliott (2010) 'Contact as catalyst: The case for Coptic influence in the development of Arabic negation'. Journal of Linguistics, (46) 2, pp 379-413.
Lucas, Christopher (2010) 'Negative -š in Palestinian (and Cairene) Arabic: Present and possible past'. Brill's Annual of Afroasiatic Languages and Linguistics, (2) 1, pp 165-201.
Lucas, Christopher (2007) 'Jespersen's Cycle in Arabic and Berber'. Transactions of the Philological Society, (105) 3, pp 398-431.
Lucas, Christopher and Krug, Manfred, (eds.), (2018) Special Issue - The noun phrase in Maltese and Maltese English. De Gruyter. (STUF - Language Typology and Universals [Sprachtypologie und Universalienforschung]).
Willis, David and Lucas, Christopher and Breitbarth, Anne, (eds.), (2013) The History of Negation in the Languages of Europe and the Mediterranean. Volume I: Case Studies. Oxford: Oxford University Press. (Oxford Studies in Diachronic and Historical Linguistics).
Breitbarth, Anne and Lucas, Christopher and Watts, Sheila and Willis, David, (eds.), (2010) Continuity and Change in Grammar. Amsterdam: John Benjamins. (Linguistik aktuell, Bd. 159).
Lucas, Christopher and Spagnol, Michael (2018) 'Conditions on /t/-insertion in Maltese numeral phrases: a reassessment'. In: Gatt, Albert and Paggio, Patrizia, (eds.), The Languages of Malta. Language Science Press: Berlin, pp 117-141.
Lucas, Christopher and Spagnol, Michael (2016) 'Connecting /t/ in Maltese numerals'. In: Puech, Gilbert and Saade, Benjamin, (eds.), Shifts and Patterns in Maltese. Berlin, Boston: DeGruyter, pp 269-290.
Lucas, Christopher (2014) 'Contact-induced language change'. In: Bowern, Claire and Evans, Bethwyn, (eds.), The Routledge Handbook of Historical Linguistics. London: Routledge, pp 519-536.
Lucas, Christopher (2014) 'Indefinites and negative concord in Maltese: towards a dynamic account'. In: Borg, Albert and Caruana, Sandro and Vella, Alexandra, (eds.), Perspectives on Maltese Linguistics. Berlin: Akademie Verlag, pp 225-248.
Breitbarth, Anne and Lucas, Christopher and Willis, David (2013) 'Incipient Jespersen's Cycle: the (non-)grammaticalization of new negative markers'. In: Fleischer, Jürg and Simon, Horst, (eds.), Sprachvandelvergleich - Comparing Diachronies. Berlin: De Gruyter, pp 141-162.
Lucas, Christopher (2013) 'Negation in the History of Arabic and Afro-Asiatic'. In: Willis, David and Lucas, Christopher and Breitbarth, Anne, (eds.), The History of Negation in the Languages of Europe and the Mediterranean, Volume I: Case Studies. Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp 399-452.
Lucas, Christopher (2011) 'Form-function mismatches in (formally) definite English noun phrases: Towards a diachronic account'. The Noun Phrase in Romance and Germanic: Structure, Variation and Change. Amsterdam: John Benjamins, pp 159-174.
Lucas, Christopher (2011) 'Definiteness, Procedural Encoding and the Limits of Accommodation'. In: Escandell-Vidal, Victoria and Leonetti, Manuel and Ahern, Aoife, (eds.), Procedural Meaning: Problems and Perspectives. Bingley, UK: Emerald Publishing, pp 157-182.
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