Derek Nurse

  • Professor Emeritus
  • University Research Professor, MUN, 1999-2004
  • Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, 2002
  • Henrietta Harvey Research Professor, MUN, 2004-2007

Research Interests

Historical linguistics; Comparative linguistics; Swahili: Historical Swahili; Ethnolinguistics; Bantu languages; East African languages; Language change (especially phonological change); Language contact; Phonology (especially phonological change), Typology, Interface of Linguistics, Archaeology, and History; Niger-Congo; Tense and Aspect Systems in Bantu and Niger-Congo.

Contact Info



Department of Linguistics

230 Elizabeth Ave

St. John's, NL A1B 3X9 CANADA

Tel: (709) 864-2530

Fax: (709) 864-2552