Sociolinguistics; language change in multilingual urban centres, adolescent language, language & education, syntactic & discourse variation, syntax of spoken English.
About this Fellow
- Professor of Psychology and Director, ESRC International Centre for Language and Communicative Development (LuCiD), University of Manchester
- Director, Max Planck Child Study Centre, 2000 - 2014
- Lead, Centre for Developmental Science and Disorders, Institute of Brain and Behaviour and Mental Health, 2012 - 2016
- Managing Editor, Journal of Child Language, 1996 - 2005
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.