Stephen Nichols

Postdoctoral Researcher

  • Linguistics and English Language
  • School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences

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Room 1.16, Dugald Stewart Building

3 Charles Street, Edinburgh
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I was awarded a BA (Hons) in French and Russian from the University of Bristol (2014), which included studies abroad at Université de Toulouse II – Le Mirail and Tyumen State Oil and Gas University, after which I moved to the University of Manchester where I earnt an MA (2015) and PhD (2021) in Linguistics. My PhD thesis was entitled "Explorations in the phonology, typology and grounding of height harmony in five-vowel Bantu languages".

Before coming to Edinburgh, I worked as a Departmental Lecturer in Phonetics and Phonology at the University of Oxford (2021–22), Research Fellow at the University of Essex (2021–22) and Fixed-Term Teacher at the University of Essex (2022–23).

I am currently a Postdoctoral Researcher on the project "The trajectory and distributional typology of phonological change" ["Den fonologiska förändringens utveckling och distribution"] funded by Riksbankens Jubileumsfond (ref. P23-0791) in collaboration with László Karoly (PI) and Deepthi Gopal at Uppsala University and Pavel Iosad also at Edinburgh.