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Professor Nathan Hill - Director of the Trinity Centre for Asian Studies

Nathan W. Hill joins the team as Sam Lam Professor in Chinese Studies and as the new Director of the Trinity Centre for Asian Studies. He earned his Ph.D. from Harvard University in 2009 and previously taught Tibetan and historical linguistics at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. While at SOAS he served as Head of the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures and Director of the London Confucius Institute.

Professor Hill researches Tibeto-Burman/Sino-Tibetan historical linguistics. He has published on Old Tibetan descriptive linguistics, Tibetan corpus linguistics, Tibeto-Burman reconstruction and comparative linguistics, the history of Chinese, and the typology of evidential systems. He has led research projects funded by the European Research Council, the UK's Arts and Humanities Research Council, and the British Academy.

His books include The Historical Phonology of Tibetan, Burmese, and Chinese (2019, Cambridge), A Lexicon of Tibetan Verb Stems as Reported by the Grammatical Tradition (2010, Bavarian Academy of Sciences), and Old Tibetan Inscriptions, co-authored with Kazushi Iwao (2009, Tokyo University of Foreign Studies). His edited books include Evidential Systems of Tibetan Languages, with Lauren Gawne (2017, De Gruyter Mouton).

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