Benjamin Molineaux

Leverhulme Early Career Fellow


I am currently working on a three-year Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship entitled "Digital methods in New-World language change: Words & sounds in older Mapudungun", which explores the 400-year textual history of Mapudungun, the ancestral language of the Mapuche people of south-central Chile and Argentina. In order to explore the development of the language's phonology and morphology, I am in the process of building a Corpus of Historical Mapudungun (

This is my second project at the Angus McIntosh Centre for Historical Linguistics, following on from the FITS Project (From Inglis to Scots: Mapping sounds to spellings), which uses spelling variation within the Linguistic Atlas of Older Scots to track the development of the language's sounds across time and space.

I am generally interested in Histrorical Phonology and, in particular, prosodic structure and its impact on morphology.  I have applied these intrests to my work on Mapudungun, Older Scots  and Old and Middle English.

During 2018-19 I am coordinator for the History of Scots course.

Responsibilities & affiliations

The Angus McIntosh Centre for Historical Linguistics (Secretary)

The English Language Research Group (Convenor)

History of Scots Course (Coordinator)

Research summary

Historical phonology, morpho-phonlogy, stress systems, stress perception, Mapudungun (Araucanian), Old and Middle English, Older Scots