Prof. George Hewitt



Brian George Hewitt


Doncaster, 11 November 1949

Secondary Education:

Doncaster Grammar School

Grade A at A-level in Greek, Latin,

Ancient History and General Studies

(Also S-level in Latin)

University Education and Qualifications:

St John's College, Cambridge

(Henry Arthur Thomas Open Scholarship in Classics)

Undergraduate in Classics 1969 - 1972

1970 College Prize; Henry Arthur Thomas Travel Scholarship

1971       Part I (First)

Graves' Prize: John Stewart of Rannoch University Scholarship in Classics

1972       Part II, Philology Option (Upper Second)

1972 - 1973     Cambridge Diploma in Linguistics

(Warr Classical Studentship)

Dissertation entitled "Some Semantic Aspects of Complementation in Latin"                                                            

1973 – 1975 Research into Ancient Greek and Old Armenian

1975 - 1976     MA (Cantab)

British Council exchange-student at Tbilisi State University, Georgia, learning Georgian and collecting materials on other Caucasian languages, notably Abkhaz

1976 - 1978     Research Assistant on SSRC-funded project for the examination of the non-Slavic languages of the USSR, my own area being the Caucasus (including Armenian) under Bernard Comrie

De-registered as research-student of MML Faculty at Cambridge

1978 - 1981     Wardrop Scholarship (Oxford University Chest) for a contrastive study of Georgian (including Old Georgian) and Abkhaz

Re-registered as research-student at Cambridge with the thesis title "Comparative-contrastive study of the syntax of subordinate clauses in Georgian and Abkhaz"

1979 - 1980     British Council exchange-student at Tbilisi State University, collecting material for my thesis and working on Old (and Mediæval) Georgian and Svan

1981 - 1988     Lecturer in Linguistics University of Hull

1982 Ph.D. Cambridge

1988 -     Lecturer in Caucasian Languages/Linguistics SOAS, London University

1992 -     Senior Lecturer => Reader in Caucasian Languages (moving fully to NME within SOAS)

1995 -     Honorary Professor of Sukhum University (Abkhazia)

1996 -     Professor of Caucasian Languages

1997 -     Fellow of the British Academy;  Honorary Member of the Abkhazian Academy of Sciences; Honorary Member of the International Cherkess Association

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