Professor Stephen Levinson FBA

Linguistics Social & Cultural Anthropology, Other Branches

Elected 1988

UK Fellow
1988
Linguistics

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.

Current post

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

Past appointments

Nijmegen University, The Netherlands Director, Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics and Professor

Jan 1995 -

Nijmegen University, The Netherlands Director, Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics and Professor

Jan 1995 -

Other Foreign Institutions Director Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, Nijmegen; Professor at Radboud University, Nijmegen, The Netherlands; Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics

Jan 1991 -

Other Foreign Institutions Director Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, Nijmegen; Professor at Radboud University, Nijmegen, The Netherlands; Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics

Jan 1991 -

University of Cambridge Lecturer/Reader

Jan 1975 - Jan 1991

University of Cambridge Lecturer/Reader

Jan 1975 - Jan 1991

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

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