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Dr James Adams FBA

About this Fellow

Philology Classics and Ancient History



Current post

  • Emeritus Fellow, All Souls College, Oxford

Past Appointments

  • Professor of Latin, University of Manchester, 1993 - 1995
  • Professor of Latin, University of Reading, 1995 - 1997
  • Senior Research Fellow, All Souls College, Oxford, All Souls College University of Oxford, 1998 - 2010
  • Senior Research Fellow, All Souls College University of Oxford, 1998 - 2010

British Academy Appointments

  • Member of Council, 1995 - 1998


The Latin sexual vocabulary 1982

Aspects of the language of Latin poetry (_PBA_ 93, 1999)

Pelagonius and Latin veterinary terminology in the Roman Empire 1995

Bilingualism and the Latin language 2003

The regional diversification of Latin 200 BC - AD 600 2007

Other Linguistics and Philology Fellows

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

Professor Janet Dean Fodor

Theoretical and experimental psycholinguistics; multi-language studies of psychological mechanisms for decoding the structure and meaning of sentences; modelling the process of grammar acquisition by children

Professor David Denison

History of English, especially syntax, including current change; modelling syntactic change; word classes and word class boundaries, gradience in syntax; corpus construction and problems of tagging

Professor Eleanor Dickey

Greek and Latin languages and literature; ancient scholarship; ancient bilingualism and second-language learning; politeness and forms of address in Latin and Greek; sociolinguistics of ancient languages