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Professor Ghil'ad Zuckermann

Nationality: Israel

Year: 1997

Subject Area: Arts and Humanities

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Professor Ghil’ad Zuckermann, D.Phil. (Oxford), Ph.D. (Cambridge) (titular), M.A. (summa cum laude) (Tel Aviv), is Chair of Linguistics and Endangered Languages, and Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery Fellow, at the University of Adelaide. He is also ‘Project 211’ Distinguished Visiting Professor, and ‘Shanghai Oriental Scholar’ Professorial Fellow, at Shanghai International Studies University.

His 1997 Wingate Scholarship into "Language Contact and Nativised Lexical Enrichment: Phonosemantic Transposition in Modernised Languages" yielded various refereed articles and facilitated his 2000 Oxonian doctorate, 'Camouflaged Borrowing: "Folk-Etymological Nativization" in the Service of Puristic Language Engineering'.

He is the author of the revolutionary bestseller 'Israelit Safa Yafa' (Israeli – A Beautiful Language) (Am Oved, 2008), 'Language Contact and Lexical Enrichment in Israeli Hebrew' (Palgrave Macmillan, 2003), and three chapters of the Israeli 'Tingo' (Keren, 2011). He has been Gulbenkian Research Fellow at Churchill College, Cambridge in 2000-2004; has taught inter alia at The University of Queensland, University of Cambridge and National University of Singapore; and has been Research Fellow at the Rockefeller Foundation’s Study and Conference Center (Villa Serbelloni, Bellagio, Italy), Research Centre for Linguistic Typology (RCLT) (Institute for Advanced Study, La Trobe University), Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center (University of Texas at Austin) and Kokuritu Kokugo Kenkyuuzyo (National Language Research Institute, Tokyo).

A clip from Professor Zuckermann's recent BBC interview with Stephen Fry is available at