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Professor George Hewitt FBA

Modern and Medieval Middle Eastern Language and Literature Linguistics
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About this Fellow

George Hewitt retired in 2015 from SOAS, serving as Lecturer in Linguistics/Caucasian Languages (1988-1992), Reader in Caucasian Languages (1992-96), and finally Professor of Caucasian Languages (1996-2015). He previously lectured in Linguistics at Hull University (1981-88). Educated at Doncaster Grammar School (founded before 1350), he studied Classics at St. John's College (Cambridge), gaining his doctorate there following two years at Tbilisi University (Soviet Georgia) as a British Council exchange-postgraduate (1975-76, 1979-80). His publications address philological questions in Caucasian languages (principally Georgian and Abkhaz) and aspects of the Georgian-Abkhazian conflict. First president of the Societas Caucasologica Europaea (1986-90), he is Honorary Member of the International Circassian Academy and of Abkhazian Regional Academy of Sciences; he holds Abkhazia Order of Fame and Glory, a Medal of Abkhazia's Foreign Ministry, and a Medal of Abkhazia Defence Ministry. He is Abkhazia Honorary Consul in the UK.

Website: http://www.soas.ac.uk/staff/staff31100.php

Appointments

Current post

  • Professor Emeritus of Caucasian Languages, SOAS, University of London

Past Appointments

  • Lecturer in Linguistics, University of Hull, 1981 - 1988
  • Lecturer in Linguistics/Caucasian Languages, Reader, Professor of Caucasian Languages, Soas, University Of London, 1988 - 1996
  • Professor of Caucasian Languages, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, Soas, University Of London, 1996 - 2017
  • Emeritus Professor of Caucasian Languages, Soas, University Of London, 2017 - 1970

Publications

Lingua descriptive studies 2: Abkhaz 1979

1970

Georgian: a structural-reference grammar 1995

1970

The Abkhazians: a handbook 1999

1970

Introduction to the Study of the Languages of the Caucasus 2004

1970

Abkhaz: a Comprehensive Self-Tutor 2010

1970

Discordant Neighbours. A Reassessment of the Georgian-Abkhazian and Georgian-South Ossetian Conflicts

1970

Other Africa, Asia and the Middle East Fellows

Professor Jean-Pierre Mahé

Languages & civilisations of the Christian Near East (Armenian, Caucasian, Albanian, Coptic, Georgian); epigraphy. palaeography; Armenian history;

Professor Charles Tripp

Politics in the Middle East, particularly in Iraq & Egypt; Islamic political thought; the relationship between art & power in the Middle East.

Professor Almut Hintze

The languages, religions and history of pre-Islamic Iran and Central Asia with special attention to Zoroastrianism; Ancient and Middle Iranian philology and linguistics

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