UCL Psychology and Language Sciences


Nick Neasom

Research Student

Email: nicholas.neasom.10@ucl.ac.uk

Principal Supervisor: John Harris

Subsidary Supervisor: Andrew Nevins


Research Interests

My research is currently focused on phonological typology, with special reference to the phenomenon of chain shifting, in both synchrony and diachrony. Chain shifting is discussed and defined in many different ways, which often conflict. My project centres around studying as many examples of chain shifting in the literature as possible in the context in which they appear, with the aim of creating a new, descriptive corpus of such effects. This corpus will inform further studies, which will be focussed on testing the robustness of trends within chain shifting.

I have a BA in English Language from the University of Sussex, and an MA in Linguistics from UCL. My research is funded by the AHRC.


Neasom, Nick (2011) On Constraining Phonological Terminology: The Limits of Synchronic Chain Shifting, MA dissertation, UCL

Neasom, Nick (2010) The Construction of a Leith Orthography in Irvine Welsh’s Novel Trainspotting, BA dissertation, University of Sussex

Conference Presentations



Neasom, Nick What Is Synchronic Chain Shift? French Phonology Network Meeting (RFP), Nantes, July 2013


Neasom, Nick Reassessing Synchronic Chain Shift: Three Troublesome Examples Manchester Phonology Meeting (mfm21), May 2013

Neasom, Nick Reassessing Synchronic Chain Shift UCL Postgraduate Peer Group Conference, Cumberland Lodge, April 2013 (this is a version of the above poster made for a non-linguistic audience)



October-December: Teaching Assistant, Advanced Phonological Theory A


January-March: Teaching Assistant, Introduction to Phonetics and Phonology B

January-March: Teaching Assistant, Intermediate Phonetics and Phonology B

January-March: Co-organizer of the UCL Phonology Reading Group (with Kevin Tang)

February 2013: Guest Lecture, Introduction to Phonetics and Phonology B (Phonological Alternations)

February 2013: Chair and co-organizer of A Workshop on Melodic Representation, UCL and SOAS (with Florian Breit)