After twelve years at the School of Oriental & African Studies, University of London, I joined the then Department of General Linguistics in Edinburgh in 1965. I was Professor of Linguistics from 1977 until my retirement in 1993. My current status is Professor Emeritus and Honorary Fellow. Administrative duties having reduced the time available for research during my later years of paid employment (01.08.1986–31.07.1989 – Dean of the Faculty of Arts; 01.01.1991–30.09.1993 – Vice-Principal), I have spent the years since 1993 trying to catch up, except where the chance of a temporary appointments overseas has proved to be an irresistible temptation: 1994–1995 – International Christian University, Tokyo, Japan (Professor of Linguistics and International Communication); 1995–1996 – Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam, Kerala, India (first holder of the Vaikom Muhammad Basheer Chair – modern Indian literature). Those interested in more detailed information about my life in linguistics may care to look at my contribution to the Philological Society volume of Personal Histories listed below among my publications (2002c). This list is restricted to items published since the year of my retirement.
Myths in Renaissance
Son. Translation from Malayalam, with introduction, of
Thakazhi Sivasankara Pillai’s novel Tottiyute
1994a. (With C. Moseley) Atlas of the World’s Languages.
1994b. The Encyclopedia of
Language and Linguistics.
1994c. ‘ “Balyakalasakhi”
– “Victoria”: oru vicintanam’ (Malayalam: ‘Balyakalasakhi
1994d. ‘Basheer’s diversity’. Haritham, Kottayam, No. 4, pp. 11–18.
1995a. (With E. F. K. Koerner) Concise History of the Language Sciences:
from the Sumerians to the Cognitivists.
1995b. ‘The rise and fall of language’. The Geographical Magazine, Vol. LXVII, No. 8, pp. 18–21.
1995c. ‘Kalaykkullil kalaye olippicca
kalakaran’ (‘An artist whose art conceals art’). Matrbhumi,
1996. ‘Japanese and Tamil: some typological analogies’. Asian Cultural Studies 22, pp. 109–20.
1997b. ‘Pattummayute atu: satyamo mithyayo?’ (Malayalam: ‘Pattumma’s Goat: fact or fiction?’) Bhasaposini, Kottayam, Vol. 23, No. 1 (July 1996), pp. 74–76.
1997c. ‘Tamil and typology’. In R. Nagaswamy (ed.), Prof. V. R. Ramachandra Dikshitar Centenary Volume. Studies in South Indian History and Culture, Chennai, V. R. Ramachandra Dikshitar Centenary Committee, pp. 241–248.
1997d. ‘Thakazhi and a story of three generations’. Haritham, Kottayam, No. 4, pp. 34–39.
1998a. Vaikom Muhammed Basheer, Svatantryasamara kathakal (Malayalam: ‘Stories of the freedom movement’), Kottayam, D. C. Books. 170 pp. Edited with an Introduction (pp. 9–33).
and the freedom struggle’. Frontline,
1998c. ‘ “Me
Grandad ’ad an Elephant!” a Muslim classic from
malayalattinre sargavismayam (Malayalam: critical studies on the novels and
stories of Vaikom Muhammed Basheer).
2000a. Seikai minzoku gengo chizu.
Atlas of the World’s Languages. Japanese translation of
Editor-in-Chief with Roy Harris) Linguisticoliterary:
A Festschrift for Professor D.S. Dwivedi.
2000c. ‘Some structural similarities between Tamil and Japanese’. In R. E. Asher and Roy Harris (eds), Linguisticoliterary: A Festschrift for Professor D. S. Dwivedi. Delhi, Pilgrims Book Pvt. Ltd. pp. 60–69.
2000d. ‘R. H. Robins (1921–2000)’. The Henry Sweet Society for the History of Linguistic Ideas: Bulletin, Issue No. 35 (Nov. 2000), pp. 11–13.
2002c. ‘R. E. Asher’. In Keith Brown
and Vivien Law (eds), Linguistics in Britain: Personal Histories (Publications of the
Philological Society, 36).
2003a. ‘I can’t help blossoming: Review’. In in the sacred navel of our dreams. Essays on Ayyappa Paniker’s poetry. Kottayam, Current Books, pp. 21–24.
2003b. ‘Subject-predicate agreement in Malayalam’. In B. Ramakrishna Reddy (ed.) Agreement in Dravidian Languages. Chennai, International Institute of Tamil Studies. pp. 84–93.
2004a. ‘Preface’. In Jean-Luc Chevillard (ed.), South-Indian Horizons. Felicitation Volume for François Gros on the occasion of his 70th birthday (Publications du Département d’Indologie 94), Pondichéry, Institut Français de Pondichéry/Paris, École Française d’Extrême-Orient. pp. ix–xv.
2004b. ‘Vaikom Muhammed Basheer: Freedom fighting into fiction’. In Jean-Luc Chevillard (ed.), South-Indian Horizons. Felicitation Volume for François Gros on the occasion of his 70th birthday (Publications du Département d’Indologie 94), Pondichéry, Institut Français de Pondichéry/Paris, École Française d’Extrême-Orient. pp. 107–125.
2004c. Armstrong, Lilias
2004d. Ullmann, Stephen
‘Foreword’. In William Hardcastle & Janet Beck (eds),
A Figure of Speech: a Festschrift for
Elinor Keane) ‘Diphthongs in Tamil’. In William Hardcastle &
Janet Beck (eds), A
Figure of Speech: a Festschrift for John Laver.
2004g. ‘Foreword’. In Achamma Coilparampil Chandersekaran, Daughters of Kerala: Twenty-five Short Stories by Award-Winning Authors. Tucson, Arizona. Hats Off Books. pp. vii–x.
2004h. (With R. Radhakrishnan) A Tamil Prose Reader: Selections from Contemporary Tamil Prose with Notes and Glossary, 2nd impression. Cambridge, Cambridge University Press. x + 237 pp. (1st impression 1971).
2004j. (With V. Abdulla) Wind Flowers: Contemporary Malayalam Short Fiction. New Delhi, Penguin Books. xvi + 208 pp.