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Dr Richard Ashdowne
MA DPhil Oxf


Lecturer in Linguistics, Somerville College
Lecturer in Classical Languages & Linguistics, University College
Lecturer in Linguistics, Trinity College
Lecturer in Linguistics, Wadham College


University College


Dr Richard Ashdowne


Richard's background is in Classics and linguistics. He read Classics as an undergraduate at New College, Oxford, and then completed a DPhil in linguistics, working on aspects of forms of address in Latin and the Romance languages, including their grammar, meanings, and uses. Since then he has taught both Classics and linguistics at a number of colleges across Oxford as well as for the university. From 2004 to 2008, Richard was a member of the Classics Faculty Language Teaching Team and during that time he and James Morwood published Writing Latin (Bristol Classical Press, 2007), an introduction to prose composition in Latin. From 2008 to 2014 he moved to work on a faculty research project, as a lexicographer on the Dictionary of Medieval Latin from British Sources, first as an assistant editor, in which role he was instrumental in developing the project's use of technology, and then from 2011-14 as its final editor. Since 2014 he has been Lecturer in Classical Languages at University College, in which role he provides specialist language teaching to the college's classics students. Since 2004 he has also been Lecturer in Linguistics at several colleges, providing supervision and teaching for students doing linguistics as part of a degree in Modern Languages and Linguistics, or Psychology, Phlosophy, and Linguistics.

Research Keywords:

Historical Linguistics, Comparative Philology, History of Latin and Romance Languages, Forms of Address

Research Interests:

His main research interests are in semantics and pragmatics, particularly with reference to forms of address, and historical linguistics and language change, especially with reference to Latin and the Romance languages.

Selected Publications:

Dictionary of Medieval Latin from British Sources Fasc. XVI: SOL-SYR, R. K. Ashdowne, D. R. Howlett (eds.), (British Academy 2013).

Dictionary of Medieval Latin from British Sources Fasc. XVII: SYR-Z, R. K. Ashdowne (ed.), (British Academy 2013).

Dictionary of Medieval Latin from British Sources Fasc. XV: SAL - SOL, D. R. Howlett, R. K. Ashdowne (eds.), (British Academy 2012).

"ut Latine minus vulgariter magis loquamur", in Classical Dictionaries, past, present and future, C. Stray (ed.), (Duckworth 2010), 195-222.

Accidence and Acronyms: deploying electronic assessment in support of Classical language teaching in a university context, Arts and Humanities in Higher Education, Vol: 8.2, (2009), 201-16.

E-vocative invocation: on the historical morphosyntax of Latin , in Latin vulgaire - latin tardif VIII (Actes du VIIIe colloque international sur le latin vulgaire et tardif, Oxford, 6-9 septembre 2006, Roger Wright (ed.), (Olms-Weidmann: Hildesheim - Zürich & New York 2008), 13-25.

Interjections and the parts of speech in the ancient grammarians, The Henry Sweet Society Bulletin, Vol: 50, (2008), 7-16.

Some semantic and pragmatic aspects of case-loss in Old French, in Historical Linguistics 2005, Joseph C. Salmons and Shannon Dubenion-Smith (eds.), (John Benjamins: Amsterdam 2007), 191-205.

Writing Latin, Co-author: J. Morwood, (Duckworth/Bristol Classical Press 2007).