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Professor George Hewitt

Modern and Medieval Middle Eastern Language and Literature Linguistics
Professor Emeritus of Caucasian Languages, SOAS, University of London
George Hewitt retired in 2015 from SOAS, serving as Lecturer in Linguistics/Caucasian Languages (1988-1992), Reader in Caucasian Languages (1992-96), and finally Professor of Caucasian Languages (1996-2015). He previously lectured in Linguistics at Hull University (1981-88). Educated at Doncaster Grammar School (founded before 1350), he studied Classics at St. John's College (Cambridge), gaining his doctorate there following two years at Tbilisi University (Soviet Georgia) as a British Council exchange-postgraduate (1975-76, 1979-80). His publications address philological questions in Caucasian languages (principally Georgian and Abkhaz) and aspects of the Georgian-Abkhazian conflict. First president of the Societas Caucasologica Europaea (1986-90), he is Honorary Member of the International Circassian Academy and of Abkhazian Regional Academy of Sciences; he holds Abkhazia Order of Fame and Glory, a Medal of Abkhazia's Foreign Ministry, and a Medal of Abkhazia Defence Ministry. He is Abkhazia Honorary Consul in the UK.
Past appointments
  • Lecturer in Linguistics, University of Hull, 1981 - 1988
  • Lecturer in Linguistics/Caucasian Languages, Reader, Professor of Caucasian Languages, Soas, University Of London, 1988 - 1996
  • Professor of Caucasian Languages, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, Soas, University Of London, 1996 - 2017
  • Emeritus Professor of Caucasian Languages, Soas, University Of London, 2017 -
Principal publications
  • Lingua descriptive studies 2: Abkhaz 1979
  • Georgian: a structural-reference grammar 1995
  • The Abkhazians: a handbook 1999
  • Introduction to the Study of the Languages of the Caucasus 2004
  • Abkhaz: a Comprehensive Self-Tutor 2010
  • Discordant Neighbours. A Reassessment of the Georgian-Abkhazian and Georgian-South Ossetian Conflicts

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