About this Fellow
Born in Surbiton, Surrey, in 1932, Gerald Stone is a graduate of the School of Slavonic and East European Studies of the University of London. He taught Slavonic languages and comparative Slavonic philology at the Universities of Nottingham (1966-71) and Cambridge (1971-2) before becoming a lecturer in non-Russian Slavonic languages at the University of Oxford and a Fellow of Hertford College from 1972 to 1999. Since then he has been an Emeritus Fellow of Hertford and has continued his research into the historical linguistics of the Slavonic languages, especially Kashubian, Polish, Russian, Slovene, and Sorbian. His main interests are in pronominal address, language contact, dialectology, etymology, the Slav substratum in Trans-Elbian German, and scrutinizing primary sources. He was responsible for introducing Polish to the Oxford modern languages syllabus and is a language consultant to the Oxford English Dictionary.
- Emeritus Fellow of Hertford College, Oxford
- Fellow of Hertford College and Lecturer in Non-Russian Slavonic Languages, University of Oxford, 1972 - 1999
Historical linguistics; semantic change, cognitive and interactional pragmatics; theories of grammaticalisation and construction grammar
Phonology, morphology, historical linguistics, metrics, and the Sanskrit grammatical tradition. The relation between word structure and sentence structure, and the principles governing language change.
Sociolinguistics; language change in multilingual urban centres, adolescent language, language & education, syntactic & discourse variation, syntax of spoken English.
An anthropologist linguist. In addition to primary work recording the endangered indigenous languages of Australia & New Guinea, he has written widely on their implications for linguistics, cognitive science, anthropology, prehistory & other fields