Linguistics and English Language

Prestigious honours for linguistics professors

Caroline Heycock and Simon Kirby have been elected as Fellows of the British Academy, the UK's national body for humanities and social sciences

Congratulations to Professor of Syntax Caroline Heycock and Professor of Language Evolution Simon Kirby, who are among 76 distinguished scholars to be elected to the prestigious fellowship in recognition of their outstanding contributions to the field of linguistics.

Caroline Heycock

Simon Kirby

They join The British Academy, a community of over 1400 of the leading minds in the humanities and social sciences in the UK. As well as a fellowship, the British Academy is a funding body for research, nationally and internationally, and a forum for debate and engagement.

The British Academy

Recognising pioneering research

Current Fellows include the classicist Dame Mary Beard, the historian Sir Simon Schama and philosopher Baroness Onora O’Neill. Historic Fellows include Dame Frances Yates, Sir Winston Churchill, Baroness Mary Warnock, C.S Lewis, Seamus Heaney and Beatrice Webb.

The British Academy has always recognised pioneering research in the humanities and social sciences, and 2019 is no exception. This year we have elected a particularly multi-skilled and versatile cohort of Fellows whose research crosses conventional academic boundaries. Whether it is climate conservation or the ageing society, the rise of artificial intelligence or social cohesion, our new Fellows’ wealth of expertise means the Academy is exceptionally well-placed to provide new knowledge and insights on the challenges of today. Their work has opened rich new seams of understanding and discovery, offering new perspectives on long-standing and emerging challenges alike.

Professor Sir David CannadinePresident of the British Academy

Related research areas

Language evolution

Meaning and grammar