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Richard Coates : biography

16 April 1949 -

His main academic interests are proper names (both from the historical and the theoretical perspective), historical linguistics in general, the philology of the Germanic, Romance and Celtic languages, regional variation in language, and local history. He is editor of the Survey of English Place-Names for Hampshire and principal investigator of the AHRC-funded project Family Names of the United Kingdom (FaNUK), running from 2010-14, of which Patrick Hanks is lead researcher.

He has written books on the names of the Channel Islands, the local place-names of St Kilda, Hampshire and Sussex, the dialect of Sussex, and, with Andrew Breeze, on Celtic place-names in England, as well as about 400 academic articles, notes, and collections on related topics. For example, in 1998, he introduced a new etymology of the name London, deriving it from the pre-Celtic Old European *(p)lowonidā, meaning 'boat river' or 'swim river', i.e. 'river too wide or deep to ford', and suggested that this was a name given to the part of the River Thames which flows through London; from this, the settlement gained the Celtic form of its name, *Lowonidonjon, by suffixation. His main contribution to linguistic theory is The Pragmatic Theory of Properhood, set out in a number of articles since 2000.....

He is also the author of Word Structure, a students' introduction to linguistic morphology (Routledge), and of online resources on Shakespeare's character-names and on the place-names of Hayling Island.

Books, dissertations and selected other freestanding publications

1977 The status of rules in historical phonology. Doctoral dissertation 10301, University of Cambridge. [Unpublished.]

1983 The linguistic history of early Sussex: the place-name evidence. University of Sussex Centre for Continuing Education Occasional Paper 20; pp. iii + 49 (ISBN 0 904242 23 4, ISSN 0306-1108).

1987 (co-ed. with John Lyons, Margaret Deuchar and Gerald Gazdar) New horizons in linguistics 2. Harmondsworth: Pelican; pp. viii + 465 (ISBN 0 14 02 2612 5).

1987 A classified bibliography on Sussex place-names, 1586-1987, with an introductory essay. Brighton: Younsmere Press; pp. iii + 138 (ISBN 0 9512309 0 5). [A supplement was issued in 1996.]

1988 Toponymic topics: essays on the early toponymy of the British Isles. Brighton: Younsmere Press; pp. v + 124 (ISBN 0 9512309 1 3).

1988 A bibliography of place-names in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, with a section on Hampshire dialect. Brighton: Younsmere Press; pp. iii + 60 (ISBN 0 9512309 3 X). [Second, revised, edition 1992.]

1989 The place-names of Hampshire. London: Batsford; pp. vii + 193 (ISBN 0 7134 5625 6).

1990 The place-names of St Kilda: nomina hirtensia. Lampeter: Edwin Mellen (Welsh Studies 3; later Celtic Studies 1); pp. viii + 221 (ISBN 0 88946 077 9).

1990 Some place-names of the downland fringe: seven Sussex essays of 1990. Brighton: Younsmere Press; pp. vii + 51 (ISBN 0 9512309 5 6).

1991 The ancient and modern names of the Channel Islands: a linguistic history. Stamford: Paul Watkins; pp. xiv + 144 (ISBN 1 871615 15 1).

1991 The place-names of Hayling Island, Hampshire. [Manuscript. Web-published in 2007; see there.]

1992 A bibliography of place-names in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, with a section on Hampshire dialect. Brighton: Younsmere Press. Second, enlarged, edition (first edition 1988); pp. 72 (ISBN 0 9512309 7 2).

1992 (ed.) De A.B.C. psalms by Jim Cladpole (James Richards). Brighton: Younsmere Press; pp. 46 (ISBN 0 9512309 6 4).

1992 (co-ed. with Lynne J. Cahill) Sussex papers in general and computational linguistics presented to the conference of the LAGB, Brighton, 6-8 April 1992. Cognitive Science Research Paper 239, University of Sussex.

1993 Hampshire place-names. Southampton: Ensign Publications. Paperback edition of The place-names of Hampshire; pp. 193 (ISBN 185455 090 X).

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