Nikolas Gisborne


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Research Interests

I have worked on several topics to do with argument structure and event structure, synchronically and diachronically, as well as aspects of noun phrase structure, particularly relative clauses.

Currently, I have a Leverhulme Major Research Fellowship which is for a project on the diachrony of headed relative clauses formed around indefinite/interrogative forms (such as the English WH-words) in various European languages.


I was educated at University College London, in the English Department and the Linguistics Department. I have been at Edinburgh since 2002, having previously taught at the University of Cambridge and the University of Hong Kong.

Administrative Roles

I don't currently have any administrative roles. At different times in the past, I have been

  • Head of Linguistics and English Language
  • Convenor of PPLS Undergraduate Board of Studies
  • Director of MSc Applied Linguistics
  • Director of MSc English Language
  • Director of MSc Linguistics
  • Director of Studies/Personal Tutor
  • Member of School Management Committee
  • Member of College Undergraduate Studies Committee
  • Membership Secretary of the Linguistics Association of Great Britain
  • PG Advisor for Linguistics and English Language

Research Groups

Cognitive Linguistics Research Group

English Language Research Group

Meaning and Grammar Research Group


1989 BA in English, First Class Honours, University of London (University College).

1991 MA in Modern English Language, University of London (University College).

1996 PhD in Linguistics, University of London (University College).



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