About this Fellow
Linguistics, especially typology and morphology
- Distinguished Professor of Linguistics, University of Surrey
- Lecturer, Reader in Russian, Professor then Foundation Research Professor of Linguistics and of Russian Language, University of Surrey, 1970
- Distinguished Professor of Linguistics and of Russian Language, University of Surrey, University of Surrey, 1970
British Academy Appointments
- Member of Council, 2004 - 2007
Cognition, communication and culture in an evolutionary perspective; anthropological fieldwork in Ethiopia, theoretical and experimental work in linguistic pragmatics and in cognitive psychology
Historical linguistics; semantic change, cognitive and interactional pragmatics; theories of grammaticalisation and construction grammar
Phonology, morphology, historical linguistics, metrics, and the Sanskrit grammatical tradition. The relation between word structure and sentence structure, and the principles governing language change.
Sociolinguistics; language change in multilingual urban centres, adolescent language, language & education, syntactic & discourse variation, syntax of spoken English.