Professor Martin Maiden

Professor Martin Maiden FBA
Professor of the Romance Languages, Fellow of Trinity College

Research interests and profile:

My areas of interest are:

  • history and structure of all the Romance languages (especially Romanian with other Romance varieties of eastern Europe and Italian with other Italo-Romance dialects)
  • historical linguistics (especially historical morphology and phonology)
  • morphological theory
  • dialectology

Recent research projects which I have directed within the Research Centre for Romance Linguistics:

Autonomous morphology in diachrony: evidence from the Romance languages (2006-2010, funded by the AHRC). This explores the emergence and persistence of ‘morphomic’ (‘autonomously morphological’) structures in the verb, drawing on a vast range of dialectological material. I am writing (with M-O. Hinzelin and JC Smith) a book arising from this project, The Romance Verb. Morphomic Structure and Diachrony, accepted for publication by OUP. I have published to date some 15 papers in connection with this project.

The Romance Noun: a comparative-historical study of plural formation (2011-12, funded by the Leverhulme Trust). This explores, from minute examination of dialectological and other materials, the morphological evolution of number marking in Romance.



BA (Modern and Medieval Languages) Trinity Hall Cambridge 1980
M.Phil (Linguistics) Trinity Hall Cambridge 1981
Ph. D. (Linguistics) Trinity Hall Cambridge 1986

Lecturer in Italian, University of Bath 1982-1989
Lecturer in Romance Philology, University of Cambridge 1989-1996
Fellow of Downing College, Cambridge, 1989-1996
Professor of the Romance Languages, Oxford, 1996 -
Fellow of Trinity College, Oxford, 1996 -

Fellow of the British Academy, 2003 -

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