Prof Anthony Grant

Professor of Historical Linguistics and Language

Department of English, History & Creative Writing


I have been lecturing at Edge Hill University since September 2003, teaching modules including the History & Development of the English Language, the Language of Shakespeare, Structure and Usage of Modern English, and Beyond English.

Before coming to Edge Hill, I had a diverse academic career. I was born and educated in the polyglot city of Bradford, and did mostly classical subjects at school. My first degree in Language and Linguistics (including some Swedish, Old English, Old Norse and Hindi) was at the University of York, but my MPhil (on an extinct Native American language of Texas) and PhD (on Agglutinated Nominals in Creole French) were gained at the University of Bradford, where I also taught Linguistics and Russian structure and phonology, and conducted post-doctoral comparative research on Spanish-lexifier creoles. In 1996 I taught for two years at the University of St Andrews, again mostly presenting linguistic subjects, including (among others) Language, Culture and Ideology, Human and Animal Communication and Britain’s first ever module on Native North American languages. This was followed by a year at the University of Southampton (Syntax, Psycholinguistics and French Phonology), with subsequent time spent, principally in research, at the Universities of Manchester and Sheffield.

I am on the Editorial Advisory Committee of the Journal of Pidgin and Creole Languages, and have published articles and reviews (in English, Spanish, German and Bulgarian) in numerous linguistic journals. My research interests include issues in language contact, the languages of Native America, Romani, pidgins and creoles, and developments in historical linguistics. I have edited or co-edited five books (four of which are linguistics) and over 150 articles, chapters and reviews. I am also editor of the Oxford Handbook of Language Contact (forthcoming) and of the bibliography for Penutian languages on Oxford Online Bibligoraphies. I have also presented papers in locations as far-flung as California, Sydney, Cayenne and Ormskirk.

Research Interests

  • Descriptive Linguistics
  • Historical Linguistics
  • Language Contact
  • Romani
  • Native North American and Austronesian Languages
  • Documentary Linguistics

I would be interested in supervising PhDs and MRes dissertations on these topics.


  • BA Hons Language and Linguistics, University of York, 1984
  • MPHil,  Linguistics, University of Bradford, 1991
  • PhD, Linguistics, University of Bradford, 1995


I teach on the following modules: LNG2116 The History and Development of English, LNG2123 Modern English Structure and Usage, LNG2118 The Language of Shakespeare and His Time, LNG2122 Phonetics and Phonology, LNG3124 Beyond English and LNG3130 English in Contact.  I also run LNG3129 Undergraduate Language Dissertation and teach on HUM4013 Hearts of Darkness.


Books, chapters and articles since 2000

  • Grant, A. P. 2013.  Chinuk Wawa.  Survey of Pidgin and Creole Language Structures, edited by Susanne Maria Michaelis, Philippe Maurer, Magnus Hiber and Martin Haspelmath,  volume iii, 147-155. Oxford: OUP.
  • Grant, A. (2012) Bound morphology in English (and beyond): copy or cognate? In: Johanson, L. and Robbeets, M. (eds). Copies versus cognates in bound morphology. Brill, Leiden, pp. 99-122. ISBN 9789004224070
  • Grant, A. (2012) Elements of American Indian origin in Caribbean Creole languages. In: Bartens, A. and Baker, P. (eds). Black through White: African words and calques which survived slavery in Creoles and transplanted European languages. Battlebridge, London, pp. 249-272. ISBN 9781903292129
  • Grant, A. (2012) Processes of grammaticalisation and ‘borrowing the unborrowable’: contact-induced change and the integration and grammaticalisation of borrowed terms for some core grammatical construction types. In: Wiemer, B., Walchli, B. and Hansen, B. (eds). Grammatical Replication and Borrowability in Language Contact. De Gruyter, Berlin, pp. 191-232. ISBN 9783110271973
  • Grant, A. P. (2012) Contact, convergence, and conjunctions: a cross-linguistic study of borrowing correlations among certain kinds of discourse, phasal adverbial, and dependent clause markers. In: Chamoreau, C. and Leglise, I. (eds). Dynamics of Contact-Induced Language Change. De Gruyter, Berlin, pp. 311-358. ISBN 9783110271430 DOI 10.1515/9783110271430
  • Grant, A. P. and Guillemin, D. (2012) The complex of creole typological features: The case of Mauritian Creole. Journal of Pidgin and Creole Languages, 27 (1). pp. 48-104. ISSN 0920-9034 DOI 10.1075/jpcl.27.1.02gra
  • Grant, A. P. (2011) Substrate influences in Mindanao Chabacano. In: Lefebvre, C. (ed). Creoles, Their Substrates, and Language Typology. Typological Studies in Language (95). Benjamins, Amsterdam, pp. 303-324. ISBN 9789027206763
  • Grant, A. (2010) On using qualitative lexicostatistics to illuminate language history: Some techniques and case studies. Diachronica, 27 (2). pp. 277-300. ISSN 0176-4225 DOI 10.1075/dia.27.2.06gra
  • Grant, A. (2009) Admixture, Structural Transmission, Simplicity and Complexity. In: Faraclas, N. and Klein, T. (eds). Simplicity and Complexity in Creoles and Pidgins. Westminster Creolistics Series, 10. Battlebridge Publications, London, pp. 125-152. ISBN 978-1-903292-15-0
  • Bakker, D., Muller, A., Velupillai, V., Wichmann, S., Brown, C. H., Brown, P., Egorov, D., Mailhammer, R., Grant, A. and Holman, E. W. (2009) Adding typology to lexicostatistics: A combined approach to language classification.Linguistic Typology, 13 (1). pp. 169-181. ISSN 1430-0532 DOI 10.1515/LITY.2009.009
  • Grant, A. (2009) Loanwords in British English. In: Haspelmath, M. and Tadmor, U. (eds). Loanwords in the World’s Languages: A Comparative Handbook. Mouton de Gruyter, Berlin, pp. 360-383. ISBN 978-3-11-021843-5
  • Grant, A. (2009) Contact, complexification and change in Mindanao Chabacano structure. In: Aboh, E. and Smith, N. (eds). Complexification in creoles. John Benjamins Publishing Company, Amsterdam.
  • Grant, A. (2009) Substrate influence in Mindanao Chabacano. In: Lefebvre, C. (ed). Substrate influences in creole languages. John Benjamins Publishing Company, Amsterdam.
  • Grant, A. (2008) Comparative Creole typology and the search for the sources of Mauritian Creole features. In: Baker, P. and Fon Sing, G. (eds). The Making of Mauritian Creole: Analyses Diachroniques a Partir Des Texts Anciens.Battlebridge Publications, pp. 197-220. ISBN 978-1903292143
  • Grant, A. and Grey, C. (2008) Directions of Change in Contemporary Scouse.In: Grant, A. and Grey, C. (eds). The Mersey Sound: Liverpool’s Language, People and Places. Open House Press. ISBN 978-0954446338
  • Grant, A. and Grey, C. (2008) The Mersey Sound: Liverpool’s Language, People and Places. Open House Press. ISBN 978-0954446338
  • Grant, A. and Grey, C. (2008) Our friends in the north: relic dialects in the area between Southport and Preston. In: Grant, A. and Grey, C. (eds). The Mersey Sound: Liverpool’s Language, People and Places. Open House Press. ISBN 978-0954446338
  • Grant, A. (2008) Contact-Induced Change and the Openness of `Closed’ Morphological systems: some cases from Native America,. Journal of Language Contact, 2 (2). pp. 165-188. ISSN 1877-4091
  • Grant, A. (2008) The Portuguese elements in Papiamentu. In: Faraclas, N., Severing, R. and Weijer, C. (eds). Linguistic studies in Papiamentu. Fundashon pa Planifikashon di Idioma, Willemstad, Curacao, pp. 43-71.
  • Grant, A. (2008) A constructivist approach to the early history of Papiamentu. In: Faraclas, N., Severing, R. and Weijer, C. (eds). Linguistic studies in Papiamentu. Fundashon pa Planifikashon di Idioma, Willemstad, Curacao, pp. 73-116.
  • Grant, A. (2007) Admixture and after: The Chamic languages and the Creole Prototype. In: Ansaldo, U., Matthews, S. and Lim, L. (eds). Deconstructing Creole. Typological Studies in Language. John Benjamins Publishing Company , Amsterdam, pp. 100-139. ISBN 978-9027229854
  • Grant, A. (2007) Some aspects of NPs in Mindanao Chabacano: Structural and historical considerations. In: Baptista, M. and Gueron, J. (eds). Noun Phrases in Creole Languages: a Multi-faceted Approach. Typological Studies in Language. John Benjamins Publishing Company , Amsterdam, pp. 173-204. DOI 978-9027252531
  • Grant, A. (2007) Stereotyped Chinese Pidgin English as an interlude in linguistic sources: three early 20th century examples. Hong Kong Journal of Applied Linguistic, 10 (1). pp. 169-175.
  • Grant, A. (2006) Some observations on Proto-Austronesian *t to k. Oceanic Linguistics, 45 (2). pp. 497-500. ISSN 0029-8115
  • Grant, A. (2003) Painting their thoughts? Jotham Meeker, Native-language literacy, and the Shawanoe Mission Press. In: Rudes, B. and Costa, D. (eds). Essays in Algonquian, Catawban and Siouan Linguistics in memory of Frank T. Siebert, Jr. University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, pp. 117-140. ISBN 9780921064169
  • Grant, A. (2003) Papers in Contact Linguistics. Interface: Bradford Studies in Language, Culture and Society, 6.
  • Grant, A. (2002) El chabacano zamboangueño: una lengua mezclada. Papia, 12. pp. 7-40.
  • Grant, A. (2002) Fabric, Pattern, Shift and Diffusion: What Change in Oregon Penutian Languages Can Tell Historical Linguists. Proceedings of the Meeting of the Hokan-Penutian Workshop, June 17-18, 2000. Report 11, Survey of California and Other Indian Languages. pp. 33-56.
  • Grant, A. (2002) Language intertwining; its depiction in recent literature and its implications for theories of creolization. In: Smith, N. and Veenstra, T. (eds). Creolization and Contact. John Benjamins Publishing Company, Amsterdam, pp. 81-111. ISBN 9027252459
  • Grant, A. (2002) Possibilities and limitations of lexicostatistics: some indications from Romani and creole languages. In: Igla, B. and Stolz, T. (eds). `Was ich noch sagen wollte..’: a multilingual festschrift for Norbert Boretzky on occasion of his 65th birthday. Niemeyer, Tuebingen, Germany, pp. 273-286.
  • Grant, A. (2000) The Celtic languages in the 21st century: a partisan review.In: Acton, T. (ed). Scholarship and the Gypsy Struggle: Commitment in Romani Studies. University Of Hertfordshire Press, Hatfield, Herts, pp. 40-51. ISBN 978-1902806013
  • Grant, A. (2000) Reduplication in Chinook Jargon. In: Kouwenberg, S. (ed). Twice as Meaningful: Morphological Reduplication in Pidgins and Creoles.Battlebridge, London, pp. 313-316. ISBN 978 1 903292
  • Grant, A. (2000) Reduplication in Mindanao Chabacano. In: Kouwenberg, S. (ed). Twice as Meaningful: Morphological Reduplication in Pidgins and Creoles.Battlebridge, London, pp. 213-220. ISBN 978 1 903292
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