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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

1970

Roots of human sociality 2006

1970

Space in Language & Cognition 2003

1970

Pragmatics 1983

1970

Politeness 1987

1970

Presumptive meanings 2000

1970

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