Dr Gerald Stone FBA

Philology Central Europe Eastern Europe including Russia

Elected 1992

Fellow type
UK Emeritus Fellow
Year of birth
Year of death
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Born in Surbiton, Surrey, in 1932, Gerald Stone was 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. He was then an Emeritus Fellow of Hertford and continued his research into the historical linguistics of the Slavonic languages, especially Kashubian, Polish, Russian, Slovene, and Sorbian. His main interests were 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 was a language consultant to the Oxford English Dictionary.

Last post

Emeritus Fellow of Hertford College, Oxford

Past appointments

University of Oxford Fellow of Hertford College and Lecturer in Non-Russian Slavonic Languages

1972 - 1999


Der erste Beitrag zur sorbischen Sprachgeographie: aus dem Archiv des Deutschen Sprachatlas 2003

Upper Sorbian-English dictionary 2002

Slav outposts in central European history: the Wends, Sorbs and Kashubs 2016

The Göda manuscript 1701. A source for the history of the Sorbian language. With an introduction and glossary. 2009

The smallest Slavonic nation: the Sorbs of Lusatia 1972

The Russian language since the revolution 1978

A dictionarie of the vulgar Russe tongue, attributed to Mark Ridley 1996

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