David Langslow

Emeritus Fellow

College position:

Professor David Langslow's was University Lecturer in Latin Philology & Linguistics and a Governing Body Fellow of Wolfson from 1984 to 1998, and I has been an Emeritus Fellow of Wolfson since moving from Oxford in 1999 to become Professor of Classics in the University of Manchester. His research interests lie in the history and the varieties of the Latin and Greek languages and of their closer relatives within the Indo-European family of languages. He still works on questions arising from his 1991 DPhil on technical, especially medical, language in the ancient world and the early Middle Ages, on different forms and senses of 'medical Latin', on the possibility of dating and locating on linguistic grounds texts of unknown provenance.

Langslow has also published on other linguistic topics including word order, and evidence of language contact and multilingualism in the ancient world, and he is generally interested in the interfaces between language and history and language and literature, and the contributions that close study of languages can make to historical reconstruction and literary appreciation. In 2009, he published an annotated translation of the masterpiece of one of my heroes, the Lectures on Syntax of the Swiss linguist-cum-classicist Jacob Wackernagel.