Sociolinguistics; language change in multilingual urban centres, adolescent language, language & education, syntactic & discourse variation, syntax of spoken English.
About this Fellow
- Distinguished University Professor Emerita of Linguistics and Philosophy, University of Massachusetts Amherst
An anthropologist linguist. In addition to primary work recording the endangered indigenous languages of Australia & New Guinea, he has written widely on their implications for linguistics, cognitive science, anthropology, prehistory & other fields
Descriptive and theoretical syntax and semantics; language documentation; Austronesian and Papuan languages; grammatical analysis within the theory of Lexical Functional Grammar
The cognitive and social foundations of rationality & language; general principles of cognition; philosophical, economic & policy implications of cognitive science.