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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 Elizabeth Traugott

Historical linguistics; semantic change, cognitive and interactional pragmatics; theories of grammaticalisation and construction grammar

Professor Paul Kiparsky

Phonology, morphology, historical linguistics, metrics, and the Sanskrit grammatical tradition. The relation between word structure and sentence structure, and the principles governing language change.

Professor Jenny Cheshire

Sociolinguistics; language change in multilingual urban centres, adolescent language, language & education, syntactic & discourse variation, syntax of spoken English.

Professor Nick Evans

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

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