Welcome

I'm currently a second-year PhD student in linguistics at the University of Manchester. My PhD project involves the study of the phonology and typology of height harmony in the Bantu languages, supervised by Yuni Kim and Wendell Kimper. I also do other research, mainly on phonetics and phonology and, during my education and hitherto brief career, have worked on languages such as Turkish, European Portuguese, Konai, Ngarinyman, Kamaiurá and Gújjolaay Eegimaa (to varying degrees of depth). Nowadays I spend most of my time in the Phonetics Lab (S1.24, Sam Alex) so that's your best bet for tracking me down.

Research

Publications

Beavers, John, Michael Everdell, Kyle Jerro, Henri Kauhanen, Andrew Koontz-Garboden, Elise LeBovidge & Stephen Nichols. 2017. Two Types of States: A Cross-Linguistic Study of Change-of-State Verb Roots. Proceedings of the Annual Meeting of the Linguistics Society of America 91. 1-15. [doi]

Talks and posters

Nichols, Stephen. 2017. Nasal harmony in Kamaiurá: Syllabification and spreading. Talk given at the Annual Meeting of the Linguistics Association of Great Britain, Canterbury, UK, 4-7 September. [handout]

Nichols, Stephen. 2017. Nasal spreading and syllabification in Kamaiurá. Poster presented at the 25th Manchester Phonology Meeting, Manchester, UK, 25-27 May. [poster]

Gopal, Deepthi, Henri Kauhanen & Stephen Nichols. 2017. Modelling similarity-driven phonological generalisations. Poster presented at the 4th International Workshop on Sound Change, Edinburgh, UK, 20-22 April. [poster]

Gopal, Deepthi & Stephen Nichols. 2017. Sonorant-conditioned mid vowel lowering in Turkish. Talk given at the 14th Old World Conference in Phonology, Düsseldorf, Germany, 20-22 February. [handout]

Beavers, John, Michael Everdell, Kyle Jerro, Henri Kauhanen, Andrew Koontz-Garboden, Elise LeBovidge & Stephen Nichols. 2017. Two Types of States: A Cross-Linguistic Study of Change-of-State Verb Roots. Talk given at the 91st Annual Meeting of the Linguistics Society of America, Austin, TX, United States, 5-8 January. [handout]

Nichols, Stephen. 2016. The representation of nasality in Konai. Talk given at the CLUL Linguistics Meeting for Young Researchers, Lisbon, Portugal, 16 June. [handout]

Gopal, Deepthi & Stephen Nichols. 2016. Sonorant-conditioned mid vowel lowering in Turkish. Talk given at the 24th Manchester Phonology Meeting, Manchester, UK, 26-28 May. [handout]

Nichols, Stephen. 2016. Nasal cluster dissimilation in Ngarinyman. Poster presented at the 24th Manchester Phonology Meeting, Manchester, UK, 26-28 May. [poster]

Nichols, Stephen. 2016. An acoustic study of the Turkish rhotic. Poster presented at the 5th International Workshop on Phonetic, Phonological, Acquisitional, Sociolinguistic and Dialect-Geographic Aspects of Rhotics, Leeuwarden, Netherlands, 18-20 May. [poster]

Dissertations

Nichols, Stephen. 2015. Topics in the phonology of Konai, a Papuan language of New Guinea. MA dissertation, University of Manchester. (supervised by Yuni Kim; available upon request) [abstract]

Personal

Even when not working, I spend a lot of time around languages. I love to learn new ones and have tried my hand at a couple of dozen (to varying degrees of success and failure). Indeed, it was this that led me to linguistics in the first place.

Away from languages, one of my major interests is science, mainly physics and zoology. My interest in latter has seen me spend several days of my life visiting zoos up and down the land. I also enjoy many things historical, political and philosophical. I get all these fixes in book, documentary or podcast form. As for TV, I've probably spent around 700 hours of my life watching The Simpsons. And, saving the best for last, I'm a huge fan of the greatest football team in the world: Manchester United.

Curriculum vitae

Education

09/2016-present: PhD in Linguistics, University of Manchester.

09/2014-09/2015: MA in Linguistics, University of Manchester, distinction.

10/2010-07/2014: BA (Hons) in French and Russian, University of Bristol, 2:1.

Research assistantships

09/2015-09/2016: The Meaning of Verbal Roots Across Languages, Andrew Koontz-Garboden, University of Manchester and John Beavers, University of Texas at Austin.

11/2015-02/2016: Segmentation and transcription of Ngarinyman fieldwork recordings, Eva Schultze-Berndt, University of Manchester.

Teaching assistantships

2017-18, semester 1: Typology, LELA20031, 2nd year undergraduate, University of Manchester. Course leader: Eva Schultze-Berndt.

Awards

2016-19: Postgraduate Research Studentship (School of Arts, Languages and Cultures, Faculty of Humanities, University of Manchester).

Service

2017: Organisatory helper, 25th Manchester Phonology Meeting.

2016-17: Lead organiser, 2017 Manchester Forum in Linguistics.

2016: Organisatory helper, 24th Manchester Phonology Meeting.

Memberships

2014-present: Linguistics Association of Great Britain.

Contact

I can be reached by e-mail at:

stephen(dot)nichols(at)manchester(dot)ac(dot)uk

If for any reason you require a postal address, your best bet is probably:

Phonetics Lab, S1.24, Samuel Alexander Building, University of Manchester, Oxford Road, Manchester. M13 9PL.

Otherwise just come and talk to me in person.

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