About this Fellow
Semantics Computational Linguistics
- Emeritus Professor of Computational Linguistics, Oxford University
- Lecturer/Reader in Computational Linguistics, University of Cambridge, 1984 - 2000
- Professor of General Linguistics, University of Oxford, 2000 - 1970
- Professor of Computational Linguistics, Oxford University, University of Oxford, 2006 - 1970
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
Descriptive and theoretical syntax and semantics; language documentation; Austronesian and Papuan languages; grammatical analysis within the theory of Lexical Functional Grammar
The cognitive and social foundations of rationality & language; general principles of cognition; philosophical, economic & policy implications of cognitive science.
Sign language as a model to understand human language generally: neuroimaging studies of commonalities in processing spoken & signed languages; the influence of modality of communication on language structure; sociolinguistics of Deaf communities.