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.
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]
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]
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]
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: ManchesterUnited.
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.