Tomas Riad

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Tomas Staffan Riad (born 15 November 1959 in Uppsala) is a Swedish linguist, specialised in Swedish phonology and prosody. He received his Ph.D. from Stockholm University in 1992 [1] and is professor at the Department of Scandinavian languages there. [2] Riad is also a violinist, trained at the Royal College of Music in London and has worked as a full-time musician. [3] He was elected a member of the Swedish Academy on 29 September 2011 (taking his seat on 20 December). [4]

Uppsala Place in Uppland, Sweden

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Stockholm University state university of Stockholm, Sweden

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Royal College of Music conservatoire established by royal charter in 1882

The Royal College of Music is a conservatoire established by royal charter in 1882, located in South Kensington, London, UK. It offers training from the undergraduate to the doctoral level in all aspects of Western Art including performance, composition, conducting, music theory and history. The RCM also undertakes research, with particular strengths in performance practice and performance science. The college is one of the four conservatories of the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music and a member of Conservatoires UK. Its buildings are directly opposite the Royal Albert Hall on Prince Consort Road, next to Imperial College and among the museums and cultural centres of Albertopolis.



Arild Hestvik is a researcher in theoretical linguistics and experimental psychology.

As editor


  1. Dissertation, full text available: Structures in Germanic Prosody. A diachronic study with special reference to the Nordic languages [ permanent dead link ], Stockholm University, 1992.
  2. Sandstedt
  3. Englund
  4. Sandstedt; the exact date of the election is clear from Englund's blog

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