Faculty and Staff


Francesco Perono Cacciafoco (Senior Lecturer)

Telephone: 6514 8395
Email: fcacciafoco@ntu.edu.sg

Mailing Address
Nanyang Technological University
School of Humanities
48 Nanyang Avenue, SHHK-03-43
Singapore 639818


Research Interest 

  • Etymology
  • Diachronic Toponymy
  • Historical Linguistics
  • Historical Semantics
  • Onomastics
  • Indo-European Linguistics
  • Language Documentation
  • Descriptive Linguistics
  • Theoretical Linguistics
  • Austronesian and Papuan Languages
  • Landscape Archaeology
  • Medical Humanities
  • History of Medicine
  • Lexicography
  • Cryptology
  • Language Deciphering

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Courses Taught

Undergraduate Courses

  • HG2093 Discovering Unwritten Stories: A General Introduction to Toponymy and Toponomastics 
  • HG2094 Word of Mouth: Transmission of Oral Culture 
  • HG2095 Codes from the Past: A General Introduction to the History of Cryptography 
  • HG2097 What's in a Name? - A General Introduction to Etymology 
  • HG3021 Language Change (Historical Linguistics) 
  • HG4044 Language Evolution 
  • HG4049 Semantic Analysis (Historical Semantics) 
  • HG8009 Introduction to Human Evolution 
  • HG8012 Code-Breakers at Work: A General Introduction to Cryptology and Crypto-Linguistics 
  • LX9001 Latin Language Level 1 
  • LX9002 Latin Language Level 2

Graduate Courses

  • HG7009 Topics in Historical Linguistics 
  • HG7020 Readings in Linguistics Research
  • HG7029 Advanced Semantics 
  • HG7038 Origins and Evolution of Language: Biological, Computational and Culture



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