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Professor Nigel Vincent

Professor Nigel Vincent, Vice-President Research and Higher Education Policy, British Academy

Nigel Vincent holds the Mont Follick Chair of Comparative Philology in the School of Languages, Linguistics & Cultures at The University of Manchester, where he is also Associate Vice-President for Research and Graduate Education and Director of the Manchester Doctoral College. His research interests lie in the modelling of grammatical change using feature-based approaches to morphology and syntax. He has written numerous articles and chapters on the history and structure of Latin and the Romance languages, in particular on Italian and the dialects of Italy. He was co-director of the AHRC-funded project entitled Sintassi degli Antichi Volgari d’Italia (2000-5). He is a former President of the Philological Society and of the International Society for Historical Linguistics. He is a Fellow of the British Academy and is currently the Academy’s Vice-President for Research and HE Policy.

He has been a lecturer at the Universities of London (Birkbeck College), Lancaster, Hull and Cambridge. He has been an Erskine Fellow at the University of Canterbury (NZ) and has held visiting posts at the Universities of Copenhagen, Pavia and Rome. In RAE 2008 he was chair of Main Panel M (Modern Languages, Celtic Studies, Linguistics and English Language & Literature), and in 2009 was a member of HEFCE’s Expert Advisory Group on the Research Excellence Framework (REF). He is currently a member of the European Science Foundation’s working group on bibliographic resources in the Humanities and Social Sciences.


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