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James Clackson is a British linguist and Indo-Europeanist.

He works as a senior lecturer at the Faculty of Classics, University of Cambridge, and is also a Fellow and Director of Studies, Jesus College at Cambridge.

He studied at Cambridge under Robert Coleman, and his Ph.D. thesis served as a basis for his 1994 book The Linguistic Relationship between Armenian and Greek. His research interest include ancient Languages of the Italian peninsula (Latin, Sabellian, Etruscan), Indo-European linguistics, Latin linguistics, Greek linguistics and Armenian.


  • The Linguistic Relationship between Armenian and Greek (Oxford, 1994)
  • Indo-European Word Formation (co-edited with Birgit Anette Olson, Copenhagen, 2004)
  • The Blackwell History of the Latin Language (with Geoff Horrocks, Oxford, 2007)
  • Indo-European Linguistics: An Introduction (Cambridge, 2007)


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