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Professor Nigel Vincent FBA

Historical linguistics, Italian, Romance, Latin
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About this Fellow

I am Professor Emeritus of General & Romance Linguistics at The University of Manchester, where from 1987 to 2011 I held the Mont Follick Chair of Comparative Philology. My research interests lie in the history of Latin and the Romance languages, in particular Italian and the dialects of Italy, and in the study of the mechanisms of morphosyntactic change. I completed my undergraduate and graduate studies at the University of Cambridge and have held lecturing posts at the Universities of London (Birkbeck College), Lancaster, Hull and Cambridge. I was an Erskine Fellow at the University of Canterbury (NZ) in 2000 and have held visiting posts at the Universities of Copenhagen, Pavia and Rome. I was Vice-President for Research and HE Policy at the British Academy from 2010 to 2014, and am a former President of the Philological Society and of the International Society for Historical Linguistics. I am a member of the Academia Europaea. In 2007 I was the surprised and very pleased recipient of a Festschrift on the occasion of my 60th birthday entitled Sui dialetti italoromanzi. Saggi in onore di Nigel B. VIncent edited by two of my former PhD students Delia Bentley and Adam Ledgeway.



Current post

  • Professor Emeritus of General and Romance Linguistics, The University of Manchester

Past Appointments

  • Lecturer in Linguistics, University of Hull, 1976 - 1981
  • Lecturer in Linguistics, University of Cambridge, 1981 - 1987
  • Mont Follick Professor of Comparative Philology, University of Manchester, 1987 - 2011
  • Professor Emeritus of General and Romance Linguistics, University of Manchester, University of Manchester, 2011

British Academy Appointments

  • Vice-President (Research & HE Policy), 2010 - 2014


Diachrony and Dialects. Grammatical Change in the Dialects of Italy 2014

Non-finite forms, periphrases and autonomous morphology in Latin and Romance Martin Maiden, John Charles Smith, Maria Goldbach & Marc-Olivier Hinzelin (eds) Morphological Autonomy: Perspectives from Romance Inflectional Morphology, Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 417-435. 2011

Early and Late Latin: Continuity or Change? 2016

The Romance Languages 1988

Tra milanese e fiorentino: Carlo Porta e il travestimento della Divina Commedia Anna Laura Lepschy & Adam Ledgeway (eds) Into and Out of Italy: Lingua e cultura della migrazione italiana. Perugia: Guerra Edizioni, pp. 13-29. 2010

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