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Professor Martin Maiden FBA

Southern Europe Italy Linguistics Romance Eastern Europe including Russia Romania
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About this Fellow

Martin Maiden is Professor of the Romance Languages at Oxford, a Fellow of Trinity College, Oxford (since 1996), and Director of the Oxford Research Centre for Romance Linguistics (since 2007). He studied at Cambridge University (PhD. in Linguistics 1987). From 1982-1989 he taught Italian at Bath University, and from 1989-1996 Romance Philology at Cambridge University. He was Vice-President of the Società di Linguistica Italiana (2003-2004). He holds an honorary doctorate from the University of Bucharest (2013). In 2014 he was appointed 'Commander' in the 'National Order for 'Faithful Service' of Romania, by decree of the President of Romania, for services to the Romanian language in Britain. His particular research interests are in Italian and Romanian linguistics and dialectology, historical linguistics, and morphology.



Current post

  • Professor of the Romance Languages, University of Oxford

Past Appointments

  • Lecturer in Italian, University of Bath, 1982 - 1989
  • Lecturer in Romance Philology, University of Cambridge, 1989 - 1996
  • Professor of the Romance Languages, University of Oxford, 1996 - 1970
  • Professor of the Romance Languages, University of Oxford, Trinity College University of Oxford, 1996 - 1970
  • , University of Bath, 1982 - 1989
  • Professor of the Romance Languages, University of Oxford, Trinity College University of Oxford, 1996 - 1970


Where does heteroclisis come from? Evidence from Romanian dialects Morphology 2009


The Oxford Guide to the Romance Languages 2016


The Cambridge History of the Romance Languages I, II 2011, 2013


Verb augments and meaninglessness in Romance morphology Studi di Grammatica Italiana 2003


Morphological autonomy and diachrony Yearbook of Morphology 2004


Storia linguistica dell'italiano 1998


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