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Professor Ian Roberts FBA

About this Fellow

Historical and comparative syntax of the Romance, Germanic and Celtic languages; grammatical analysis adopting and adapting the concepts and techniques of Chomskyan generative theory.



Current post

  • Professor of Linguistics, University of Cambridge

Past Appointments

  • Professor of Linguistics, University of Cambridge, 2000
  • Professor of English Linguistics, University of Stuttgart, 1996 - 2000
  • Professor of Linguistics, University of Bangor, 1991 - 1996


Verbs and Diachronic Syntax 1993


Syntactic Change (with A. Roussou, University of Patras) 2003


Diachronic Syntax 2007


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Professor Joan Bresnan

Empirical foundations of syntax; corpus and experimental studies of variation in English grammar; cognitive architectures of grammar; the dynamics of probabilistic grammar; linguistic typology; Bantu morphosyntax; lexical-functional grammar