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Professor Stephen Levinson FBA

Linguistics Social & Cultural Anthropology, Other Branches

About this Fellow

Steve Levinson is co-director of the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, and Professor of Comparative Linguistics at Radboud University Nijmegen. He is the author of some 300 publications (http://www.mpi.nl/people/levinson-stephen/publications), with research interests focused on the relations between language, culture & cognition; language diversity; interactive uses of language; psycholinguistics; language evolution. Recent work has included psycholinguistic work on verb-first and ergative languages, and investigations of the processing demands of turn-taking in conversation. He has done extensive fieldwork on languages in India, Australia, Mexico and Papua New Guinea. He is also a fellow of the Academea Europea.

Website: http://www.mpi.nl/people/levinson-stephen-c.

Appointments

Current post

  • Director Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, Nijmegen; Professor at the Catholic University, Nijmegen, The Netherlands

Past Appointments

  • Lecturer/Reader, University of Cambridge, 1975 - 1991
  • Director, Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics and Professor, Nijmegen University, The Netherlands, 1995
  • Director Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, Nijmegen; Professor at Radboud University, Nijmegen, The Netherlands; Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, Other Foreign Institutions, 1991
  • Lecturer/Reader, University of Cambridge, 1975 - 1991
  • Director Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, Nijmegen; Professor at Radboud University, Nijmegen, The Netherlands; Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, Other Foreign Institutions, 1991
  • Director, Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics and Professor, Nijmegen University, The Netherlands, 1995

Publications

The myth of language universals: Language diversity and its importance for cognitive science. Behavioral and Brain Sciences 2009

Roots of human sociality 2006

Space in Language & Cognition 2003

Pragmatics 1983

Politeness 1987

Presumptive meanings 2000

Other Linguistics and Philology Fellows

Professor Janet Dean Fodor

Theoretical and experimental psycholinguistics; multi-language studies of psychological mechanisms for decoding the structure and meaning of sentences; modelling the process of grammar acquisition by children

Professor David Denison

History of English, especially syntax, including current change; modelling syntactic change; word classes and word class boundaries, gradience in syntax; corpus construction and problems of tagging

Professor Eleanor Dickey

Greek and Latin languages and literature; ancient scholarship; ancient bilingualism and second-language learning; politeness and forms of address in Latin and Greek; sociolinguistics of ancient languages

Professor Robert Ladd

Phonology and phonetics, and the relation between them ("laboratory phonology"); intonation and prosody, including focus, emotion, pitch perception, tone languages, and links between language and music

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