Martin Maiden's principal research interests are in the history of the Romance languages (with particular attention to inflectional morphology and dialectology), general historical linguistics, general morphological theory. While the main focus of his attention among Romance languages is Italo-Romance and Daco-Romance (Romanian) varieties, but he maintains strong interests in Portuguese, Spanish, French, Dalmatian, Romansh and other varieties.
He is a Fellow of Trinity College and, since 2003, a Fellow of the British Academy.
John Charles Smith has been Fellow and Tutor in Linguistics at St Catherine’s College since 1997. Before returning to Oxford, where he was an undergraduate and graduate student, he held appointments at the Universities of Surrey, Bath, and Manchester. He has also held visiting appointments in Paris, Limoges, Berlin, Melbourne, and Philadelphia.
His main field of interest is historical morphosyntax, and he has published widely on agreement, refunctionalization, deixis, and the evolution of case and pronoun systems, with particular reference to Romance, although he has also worked on other language families, including Germanic, Austronesian, and the non-Pama-Nyungan languages of northern Australia.
He is Secretary of the International Society for Historical Linguistics, Deputy Director of the University of Oxford Research Centre for Romance Linguistics, and co-editor of the Cambridge History of the Romance Languages. In 2007, he was created chevalier dans l’ordre des Palmes académiques by the French Government, for services to the French language and French culture.
Chiara Cappellaro's main fields of interest are morphology, historical linguistics, sociolinguistics, the grammatical category of pronoun, the history and structure of the Romance languages (in particular Italian and the dialects of Italy).