The Info List - Richard Coates

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RICHARD COATES (born 16 April 1949, in Grimsby
, Lincolnshire, and educated at Wintringham School ) is an English linguist. He is professor of linguistics (alternatively professor of onomastics ) at the University of the West of England , Bristol. From 1977 to 2006 he taught at the University of Sussex
University of Sussex
, where he served as professor of linguistics (1991–2006) and as Dean of the School of Cognitive and Computing Sciences (1998–2003). From 1980–9 he was assistant secretary and then secretary of the Linguistics Association of Great Britain . He has been honorary director of the Survey of English Place-Names since 2003, having previously (1997–2002) served as president of the English Place-Name Society which conducts the Survey. From 2002 to 2008, he was secretary of the International Council of Onomastic Sciences , a body devoted to the promotion of the study of names, and elected as one of its two vice-presidents from 2011–14 and 2014-17. He was elected a fellow of the Society of Antiquaries in 1992 and of the Royal Society of Arts in 2001.

His main academic interests are proper names (both from the historical and the theoretical perspective), historical linguistics in general, the philology of the Germanic , Romance and Celtic languages, regional variation in language, and local history . He is editor of the Survey of English Place-Names for Hampshire
and principal investigator of the AHRC -funded project Family Names of the United Kingdom (FaNUK), running from 2010–16, of which Patrick Hanks is lead researcher.

He has written books on the names of the Channel Islands
Channel Islands
, the local place-names of St Kilda , Hampshire
and Sussex
, the dialect of Sussex, and, with Andrew Breeze , on Celtic place-names in England, as well as about 400 academic articles, notes, and collections on related topics. For example, in 1998, he introduced a new etymology of the name London, deriving it from the pre-Celtic Old European *(p)lowonidā, meaning 'boat river' or 'swim river', i.e. 'river too wide or deep to ford', and suggested that this was a name given to the part of the River Thames
River Thames
which flows through London; from this, the settlement gained the Celtic form of its name, *Lowonidonjon, by suffixation. His main contribution to linguistic theory is The Pragmatic Theory of Properhood, set out in a number of articles since 2000.

He is also the author of Word Structure, a students' introduction to linguistic morphology (Routledge), and of online resources on Shakespeare
's character-names and on the place-names of Hayling Island .


* 1 See also * 2 Books, dissertations and selected other freestanding publications * 3 External links * 4 References


* Etymology of London


1977 The status of rules in historical phonology. Doctoral dissertation 10301, University of Cambridge.

1987 (co-ed. with John Lyons, Margaret Deuchar and Gerald Gazdar) New horizons in linguistics 2. Harmondsworth: Pelican; pp. viii + 465 (ISBN 978-0-14-022612-6 ).

1988 Toponymic topics: essays on the early toponymy of the British Isles. Brighton: Younsmere Press; pp. v + 124 (ISBN 0-9512309-1-3 ).

1989 The place-names of Hampshire. London: Batsford; pp. vii + 193 (ISBN 0-7134-5625-6 ).

1990 The place-names of St Kilda: nomina hirtensia. Lampeter: Edwin Mellen (ISBN 9780199677764 Celtic Studies 1); pp. viii + 221 (ISBN 0-88946-077-9 ).

1991 The ancient and modern names of the Channel Islands: a linguistic history. Stamford: Paul Watkins; pp. xiv + 144 (ISBN 1-871615-15-1 ).

1992 (ed.) De A.B.C. psalms by Jim Cladpole (James Richards). Brighton: Younsmere Press; pp. 46 (ISBN 0-9512309-6-4 ).

1993 Hampshire
place-names. Southampton: Ensign Publications. Paperback edition of The place-names of Hampshire; pp. 193 (ISBN 185455 090 X ).

1996–2007 (ed.) Locus focus: forum of the Sussex
place-names net (7 vols, 14 issues).

1999 The place-names of West Thorney. Nottingham: English Place-Name Society (supplementary series 1); pp. v + 64 (ISBN 0904889 52 1 ).

1999 Word structure. London and New York: Routledge (Routledge Language Workbooks); pp. ix + 101 (ISBN 0 415 20631 6 ).

2000 (with Andrew Breeze ; including a contribution by David Horovitz) Celtic voices, English places: studies of the Celtic impact on place-names in England. Stamford: Shaun Tyas; pp. xiv + 433 (ISBN 1-900289-41-5 ).

2006 (guest ed.) Name theory. Special
issue of Onoma, vol. 41 (spine date 2006; appeared 2011); pp. 309 (ISSN 0078-463X , eISSN 1783-1644).

2007 The place-names of Hayling Island, Hampshire.

2010 A place-name history of the parishes of Rottingdean and Ovingdean in Sussex
(including Woodingdean and Saltdean). Nottingham: English Place-Name Society (Regional series 2); pp. xviii + 222, ISBN 978-0-904889-84-0 .

2010 The traditional dialect of Sussex: a history, description, selected texts, bibliography and discography. Lewes: Pomegranate Press; pp. 349. (ISBN 978-1-907242-09-0 .)

2016 (co-ed. with Patrick Hanks and Peter McClure) The Oxford dictionary of family names in the United Kingdom. Oxford: Oxford University Press. (ISBN 9780199677764 ; also ebook and online versions.)

(forthcoming 2017) Your city's place-names: Brighton and Hove. Nottingham: English Place-Name Society.

(forthcoming 2017) Your city's place-names: Bristol. Nottingham: English Place-Name Society.