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Professor Nigel Vincent

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RAE Panel M: biography of the Chair

Russian, Slavonic and East European Languages, French, German, Dutch and Scandinavian Languages, Italian, Iberian and Latin American Languages, Celtic Studies, English Language and Literature, Linguistics

Professor Nigel Vincent

Mont Follick Professor of Comparative Philology, University of Manchester


Nigel Vincent has held the Mont Follick Chair of Comparative Philology since 1987, following undergraduate and graduate study at the University of Cambridge and lectureships at the Universities of London (Birkbeck College), Lancaster, Hull and Cambridge. He was the first Research and Graduate Dean of the Faculty of Arts in the 'old' University of Manchester (1992-6), a member of the Research Grants Board of the ESRC (1989-1992) and a founder member of the Humanities Research Board of the British Academy (1994-6). He was Associate Dean for Postgraduate Research in the Faculty of Humanities of the 'new' University of Manchester from 2004 to 2006 and in September 2006 takes up office as the University's Associate Vice-President for Graduate Education.

He has held visiting professorships at the Universities of Pavia (1982), Rome (1986) and Copenhagen (1997) and was an Erskine Fellow at the University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand (2000). He has been Vice-President of the SocietÓ Linguistica Italiana (1990-2), President of the International Society of Historical Linguistics (1993-5) and President of the Philological Society (2000-3). In 2006 he was elected a Fellow of the British Academy.

He chaired the RAE panels for Celtic Studies, German, Italian and Linguistics in the 1992 RAE and chaired Italian and Linguistics again in both 1992 and 1996. He is the author of numerous articles on the categories and mechanisms of linguistic change, on morphological and syntactic theory and on the historical morphosyntax of Latin and Italian. He co-edited with Martin Harris Studies in the Romance Verb (1982) and The Romance Languages (1988), and with Ans van Kemenade Mechanisms of Morphosyntactic Change (1997). His current major research project, jointly with Mair Parry (Bristol), is a comparative syntax of the mediaeval dialects of Italy (AHRC funded).