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Staff in Theoretical & Applied Linguistics

Department of Theoretical and Applied Linguistics


Staff and Research Interests

Staff and their Research Interests

Below are primary teaching and supervision staff and their research interests. Potential applicants may also be interested in looking at the following lists of people:

Research Interests

Name Research Interests
Professor Wendy Bennett 
(Murray Edwards College)
History of Linguistic Thought, Historical Linguistics, French Linguistics
Dr James Blevins 
(Homerton College)
Syntax, Morphology, Computational Linguistics, Pedagogical and Contrastive Linguistics
Dr Nigel Collier 
(Murray Edwards College)
Computational Linguistics, Natural Language Processing
Dr Henriette Hendriks 
(Lucy Cavendish College)
Language and Cognition, Comparison of First and Second Language Acquisition, Discourse Analysis, Psycholinguistics 
Professor Kasia Jaszczolt 
(Newnham College)
Semantics and Pragmatics, Philosophy of Language
Dr Napoleon Katsos Experimental Semantics and Pragmatics, Bilingualism, Developmental Disorders
Professor Anna Korhonen Computational Linguistics, Natural Language Processing, Automatic Lexical Acquisition
Professor Francis Nolan Phonetics
Dr Brechtje Post 
(Jesus College)
Phonetics, Phonology, Psycholinguistics
Professor Ian Roberts 
(Downing College)
Comparative and Historical Syntax
Professor Ianthi Tsimpli 
(Fitzwilliam College)
First and Second Language Acquisition, Language Impairment, Bilingualism
Dr Bert Vaux 
(King's College)
Phonology, Morphology, Dialectology, Historical Linguistics
Dr John Williams Psycholinguistics, Cognitive Psychology, Second Language Learning
Dr David Willis 
(Selwyn College)
Historical Linguistics, Syntax, Celtic and Slavonic Languages 

Others in the Faculty Related to Linguistics

Within the Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages there are a number of people whose work and teaching are closely connected with linguistics.

Name Section Subject area  
Dr Mark Chinca German German Medieval Literature
Dr Mari Jones French Language Death, Language Contact, Dialectology, Language Change ([Comparative] Romance and Other Languages)
Prof Adam Ledgeway Italian Syntax of Romance Languages
Dr Kylie Richardson

Slavonic Studies

Slavonic Syntax, Case and Aspect
Dr Ioanna Sitaridou Spanish and Portuguese Syntax of Romance Language
Dr Sheila Watts German Historical Linguistics of German, Older Germanic Languages, Tense and Aspect, Grammaticalisation
Prof Christopher Young German Middle High German



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