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Professor Nathan Hill

Professor in Chinese Studies (C.L.C.S.)


 Han Phonology: When Chinese Became Chinese
 Beyond Boundaries: Religion, Region, Language and the State
 Tibetan in Digital Communication: Corpus Linguistics and Lexicography
 Pre-history of the Sino-Tibetan languages: the sound laws relating Old Burmese, Old Chinese, and Old Tibetan
 The Emergence of Egophoricity: a diachronic investigation into the marking of the conscious self

Language Skill Reading Skill Writing Skill Speaking
English Fluent Fluent Fluent
French Fluent Medium Medium
German Fluent Medium Fluent
Japanese Medium Basic Medium
Tibetan Fluent Basic Medium
Details Date From Date To
International Association for Tibetan Studies 2010
Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain and Ireland 2009
Philological Society 2009
Signet Society of Arts and Letters 2002
Hill, Nathan W., Two notes on Proto-Ersuic, Cahiers de Linguistique Asie Orientale, 51, (1), 2022, p105-114 , Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Hill, Nathan W., Accusative alignment in the Old Tibetan switch reference system, Linguistics of the Tibeto-Burman Area, 2022, Journal Article, ACCEPTED  TARA - Full Text
Johann-Mattis List, Ekaterina Vylomova, Robert Forkel, Nathan W. Hill, Ryan D. Cotterell, The SIGTYP 2022 Shared Task on the Prediction of Cognate Reflexes, Proceedings of the 4th Workshop on Computational Typology and Multilingual NLP (SIGTYP 2022), 2022, p52 - 62, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text
Scholarship on Trans-Himalayan (Tibeto-Burman) languages of South East Asia in, editor(s)Paul Sidwell and Mathias Jenny , The Languages and Linguistics of Mainland Southeast Asia, Berlin, Mouton de Gruyter, 2021, pp111-138 , [Hill, Nathan W.], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text  URL
Meelen, Marieke, Roux, Élie, Hill, Nathan, Optimisation of the Largest Annotated Tibetan Corpus Combining Rule-based, Memory-based, and Deep-learning Methods, ACM Transactions on Asian and Low-Resource Language Information Processing, 20, (1), 2021, p1-11 , Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Oliver Adams, Benjamin Galliot, Guillaume Wisniewski, Nicholas Lambourne, Ben Foley, Rahasya Sanders-Dwyer, Janet Wiles, Alexis Michaud, Séverine Guillaume, Laurent Besacier, Christopher Cox, Katya Aplonova, Guillaume Jacques, Nathan Hill, User-Friendly Automatic Transcription of Low-Resource Languages: Plugging ESPnet into Elpis, Proceedings of the 4th Workshop on the Use of Computational Methods in the Study of Endangered Languages, 2021, p51 - 62, Journal Article, PUBLISHED
Hill, Nathan W., The Envoys of Phywa to Dmu (PT 126), Revue d'Etudes Tibétaines, 60, 2021, p84 - 143, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text  URL
Wu, Mei-Shin, Schweikhard, Nathanael E., Bodt, Timotheus A., Hill, Nathan W., List, Johann-Mattis, Computer-Assisted Language Comparison: State of the Art, Journal of Open Humanities Data, 6, (1), 2020, p2 , Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Hill, Nathan W., List, Johann-Mattis, Using Chinese Character Formation Graphs to Test Proposals in Chinese Historical Phonology, Bulletin of Chinese Linguistics, 12, (2), 2020, p186-200 , Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Hill, Nathan W., The prefix g- and -o- ablaut in Tibetan present verb stems, Bulletin of Chinese Linguistics, 12, (2), 2020, p229-236 , Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI

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Some Tibetan first person plural inclusive pronouns in, editor(s)Hanna Havnevik and Charles Ramble , From Bhakti to Bon, Oslo, Novus, 2015, pp242 - 248, [Hill, Nathan W.], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED
Garrett, Edward and Hill, Nathan W., Constituent order in the Tibetan noun phrase, SOAS Working Papers in Linguistics , 17, 2015, p35-48 , Journal Article, PUBLISHED
Introduction in, Trans-Himalayan Linguistics: Historical and Descriptive Linguistics of the Himalayan Area, Berlin, Mouton de Gruyter, 2013, pp1-10 , [Owen-Smith, Tom and Hill, Nathan W.], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED
Hill, Nathan W., The merger of Proto-Burmish *ts and *č in Burmese, SOAS Working Papers in Linguistics , 16, 2013, p334-345 , Journal Article, PUBLISHED


Nathan W. Hill's research focuses on Tibeto-Burman/Sino-Tibetan historical linguistics. In particular he has published on Old Tibetan descriptive linguistics, Tibetan corpus linguistics, Tibeto-Burman reconstruction and comparative linguistics, and the typology of evidential systems. His current projects include a grammar of Old Tibetan and the historical phonology of Han dynasty Chinese.