J C Smith

John Charles
Smith
MA Oxf, Chevalier dans l’ordre des Palmes académiques

Teaching

I teach General and Historical Linguistics, including Romance Linguistics and the history and structure of French.

About me

I have been Fellow and Tutor in French Linguistics at St Catherine’s College since 1997. Before returning to Oxford, where I was an undergraduate and graduate student, I held appointments at the Universities of Surrey, Bath, and Manchester. I have also held visiting appointments in Paris, Limoges, Berlin, Melbourne and Philadelphia.

I am Secretary of the International Society for Historical Linguistics, Deputy Director of the University of Oxford Research Centre for Romance Linguistics, and co-editor of the Cambridge History of the  Romance Languages. In 2007 I was created Chevalier dans l’ordre des Palmes académiques by the French Government for services to the French language and French culture.

Research

My main field of interest is historical morphosyntax, and I have published widely on agreement, refunctionalization, deixis, and the evolution of case and pronoun systems, with particular reference to Romance, although I have also worked on other language families, including Germanic and Austronesian.

Graduate supervision

I am happy to supervise appropriate topics in Historical Linguistics and Romance Linguistics, especially morphology.  One of my main interests is morphosyntactic refunctionalization.