Dr James Clackson is a Reader in Comparative Philology and Fellow and Director of Studies at Jesus College
Jesus College, Cambridge, CB5 8BL
Tel. 01223 339415 (College)
(editor) A Companion to the Latin Language (Wiley-Blackwell, 2011).
Indo-European Linguistics (Cambridge, 2007).
(with Geoff Horrocks) The Blackwell History of the Latin Language (Oxford, 2007, corrected paperback edition 2010).
(ed. with A. Boud'hors, C. Louis and P. Sijpesteijn) Monastic Estates in Late Antique and Early Islamic Egypt (American Society of Papyrologists, 2009).
(ed. with Birgit Anette Olsen) Indo-European Word Formation (Copenhagen, 2004).
(ed. with Torsten Meißner) Nominal Composition in Indo-European Languages (=Transactions of the Philological Society Vol. 100, nos. 2-3. 2002).
The Linguistic Relationship between Armenian and Greek (Oxford, 1994).
Current research interests:
I have wide interests in the history of the Latin and Greek languages, ancient sociolinguistics and bilingualism, the languages and epigraphy of the ancient Mediterranean and comparative Indo-European studies. I have particular interests in the historical sociolinguistics of Latin; the other ancient Languages of the Italian peninsula especially Sabellian and Etruscan; and the history of the Armenian language. I am currently writing a book exploring the ways in which linguistics can contribute to the study of ancient history (to be published by Cambridge University Press).
Current and former research projects supervised:
These include a study of the ways in which Greek expresses the agent after a passive verb; a re-examination of the stop system of Indo-European using recent work in phonetics; dialects of Indo-European and the development of the verbal system; the interaction of Latin, Greek and Gaulish in Southern France; the language of ancient curse tablets, especially bilingual formulae; the Oscan language in Southern Italy; the Latin of Roman Britain; registers of language use in ancient Greek; Greek borrowings in Etruscan; Latin borrowings in Punic; and individual studies of the language of several Latin and Greek literary authors.
Other Faculty positions:
Secretary of the Finance Committee