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Prof Stephen Colvin
  • Professor of Classics and Historical Linguistics
  • Dept of Greek & Latin
  • Faculty of Arts & Humanities
After a degree in Classics (Oxford 1988) I did an MPhil. in General Linguistics and Comparative Philology (including a course in Hittite at SOAS in 1989), then concentrated on Greek dialect and sociolinguistics for my PhD ( Oxford 1993). I spent two years at UCL as a postdoctoral research fellow, and then eight years at Yale teaching in the Department of Classics. I returned to UCL in 2004.
Research Summary
I am interested in the language of Greek literature as a sociolinguistic phenomenon; in the Greek dialects and the emergence of the koine; and in Mycenaean Greek. I have also worked on bilingualism and the development of the Greek language in Lycia.
Academic Background
1994 DPhil Doctor of Philosophy – Linguistics, Classics and related subjects University of Oxford
1991 M.Phil Master of Philosophy – General Linguistics and Applied Philology University of Oxford
1988 BA Hons Bachelor of Arts (Honours) – Classical studies University of Oxford
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