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Academic Staff
Klaus Abels
Reader in Linguistics
+ 44 (0) 20 7679 4061
Research:  Syntactic theory; universal aspects of word and morpheme ordering; representational and computational properties of syntax and the relation between them;
Richard Breheny
Reader in Linguistics
+44 (0) 20 7679 4039
Research: Semantics, pragmatics, the development of semantic and communicative competence, psycholinguistics (experimental pragmatics), philosophy of psychology and linguistics.
Robyn Carston
Professor of Linguistics
+44 (0) 20 7679 4037
Research: Pragmatics, semantics, non-literal uses of language, tropes and imagery, cognitive processing, cognitive architecture, philosophy of language, communication and interpretation, theory of mind and metarepresentation.
Judit Druks
Senior Lecturer
+44 (0) 20 7679 4261
Research: Semantic, syntactic and morphological impairments in aphasia and dementia: syntactic comprehension deficits in aphasia, impairments of grammatical morphemes and prepositions in aphasia, acquired dyslexia and noun-verb differences in different populations.
John Harris
Professor of Linguistics
+44 (0) 20 7679 4042
Research: Phonological theory; phonetics-phonology interface; phonological disorder; variation and change in English.
Nathan Klinedinst
Lecturer in Pragmatics
+44 (0) 20 7679 4062
Research: Meaning and communication in natural language, as a part of the cognitive sciences.
Geoff Lindsey
Teaching Fellow


Ad Neeleman
Head of Research Department, Professor of Linguistics
+44 (0) 20 7679 4045
Research: Syntactic theory; the interaction between syntax and other linguistic modules; the flexibility of syntactic structures.
Andrew Nevins
Professor of Linguistics
+ 44 (0) 20 7679 4278
Research: Phonological and Morphological Theory; Improved Empirical Foundations of Linguistic Data Collection. Recent Research Includes: Whistled Languages, Conjunct Agreement, Reduplication, Ergativity, Diminutive Formation, Clitic Restrictions.
Nausicaa Pouscoulous
Lecturer in Pragmatics
+ 44 (0) 20 7679 4073
Research: Theoretical and experimental pragmatics, semantics, the development of pragmatic and communicative competence, language acquisition, philosophy of language.
Matthew Reeve
Teaching Fellow
Research: Syntactic theory; the syntax of clefts and other copular sentences; the relation between syntax and information structure; rightward 'movement' phenomena; the syntax of Russian; ellipsis phenomena (especially gapping); binding theory (especially Condition C).

Andrea Santi

Lecturer in Neurolinguistics
+ 44(0) 20 7679 4017

Research: Neurolinguistic and psycholinguistic studies of syntactic processing with an emphasis on syntactic dependencies; neurocognition of semantic memory and its relation to language.
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Lecturer in Linguistics
+ 44(0) 20 7679 4021
Research: Formal semantics/pragmatics, syntax-semantics interface.
Kriszta Szendroi
Senior Lecturer
+ 44 (0) 20 7679 4063
Research: Syntax and its interfaces, particularly topic and focus, acquisition of syntax and semantics; language processing.
Hans van de Koot
Reader in Linguistics
+44 (0) 20 7679 4049
Research: Syntax; dependencies; the relation between syntax and syntax-external systems (argument structure; information structure); the relation between competence and performance.
Dirk Bury
Honorary Research Associate
Research: Syntax, theories of phrase structure, syntax of Welsh and other verb-initial languages, language change
Nino Grillo

Nino Grillo

FCSH-CLUNL-Universidade Nova de Lisboa
Honorary Research Associate

Research: Processing and representation of syntax, event structure and the availability of passivization in the nominal and verbal domain, attachment preferences and universality of parsing principles, language acquisition and breakdown.
Alison Hall
Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Research: Pragmatics, philosophy of language, semantics, in particular the semantics-pragmatics distinction, pragmatic enrichment and lexical pragmatics.
Luisa Marti
Honorary Research Fellow
Research: Meaning and communication in natural language, as a part of the cognitive sciences.

Cilene Rodrigues
Honorary Research Fellow

+ 00 44 (0) 20 7679 4048

Research: Romance linguistics, dialectal variation. Specialization: morpho-syntactic variation: Number & gender agreement and null subjects.

Paula Rubio Fernandez

Postdoctoral Researcher

Research: Theoretical and experimental pragmatics, psycholinguistics, social cognition and communication, figurative language, word processing.
Mikako Sato
Honorary Research Associate
Research: Psycholinguistics (L1/L2 development and processing; automaticity of the sentence processing routines; processing of structural dependencies; the mental lexicon); Language acquisition, especially in relation to conceptualisation, categorisation and the interface between language and perception; Bilingualism
Associated Staff
Daniel_Rothschild_image Daniel Rothschild
Reader in Philosophy of Language (Philosophy Department)
Research: Semantics, pragmatics, and philosophy of language, with a focus on modals, conditionals, questions, descriptions, implicature, presupposition, and dynamic semantics.
samek_lodovici_image Vieri Samek-Lodovici
Reader in Linguistics (Department of Italian)
Research:  Syntactic theory; the syntax of focus and givenness, the syntax-prosody interface, optimality theory.

Michael Brody
Emeritus Professor of Linguistics

Research: Syntactic theory (in the principles and parameters and the minimalist frameworks); the development of elegant syntax in which apart from a near trivial core that specifies possible representations, standard functions of syntax are reassigned to interpretive components.

Richard Hudson

Emeritus Professor of Linguistics

Research: His main area of research is Word Grammar, which embraces all of language (syntax, morphology, semantics and maybe even phonology) and integrates it with general cognition. It has implications for theories of social variation, the psychology of language processing, acquisition (i.e. learning) and even language teaching. He is interested in developing all these areas of theory, but even more interested in applying the theory to description. He also has a strong non-research interest in disseminating linguistics through the schools.
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Emeritus Professor of Linguistics
+ 44 (0)20 7679 4021
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Research: Language acquisition and psycholinguistics more generally; the Savant Syndrome; general Linguistic theory and its philosophical implications; pragmatics; Chomsky's linguistic and political thought.

Deirdre Wilson
Emeritus Professor of Linguistics

+ 44 (0)20 7679 4021

Research: Pragmatics, semantics, style, poetics, philosophy of language.
moira2.jpg Moira Yip
Emeritus Professor of Linguistics
+44 (0)20 7679 0684 (x30684)
Research: Phonology, Optimality Theory, tone, morphophonology, Chinese linguistics.
Research Students
Zoë Belk

Research Student

Research: DP syntax, and particularly prepositional and adjectival modifiers of nouns; linearity and adjacency constraints; ordering restrictions.
natalia.jpg Natalia Cichosz
Research Student

Research: Argument structure and case assignment in dative experiencer contructions.
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Research Student

Research: The cross-linguistic distribution of Intensifiers and Reflexives

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Research Student

Research: Figurative language processing and lexical pragmatics.
Giulio_Dulcinati Giulio Dulcinati
Research Student
Research: Experimental pragmatics.
silhouette-f.jpg Elizabeth Eden
Research Student
Research: Measuring language distance through phonological parameters and constraint ranking; Historical Linguistics; Corpus collection and compilation; Phonetics and Phonology.
Patrick Elliott Patrick Elliott
Research Student
Research: Syntactic and semantic theory; Syntax-semantics interface; Pragmatic theory; Ellipsis phenomena (especially clausal ellipsis); Degree constructions; Binding theory
matthew2.jpg Matthew Gotham
Research Student

Research: Lexical, compositional and pragmatic factors in predication and semantic anomaly.

Claire Grant

Research Student

Research: The development of morphology and syntax in child English.
s_green.jpg Sam Green
Research Student

Research: Phonological development in infants, and language acquisition in general; phonetics; corpora (use and creation); psycholinguistics; models and methods of learning.

Jiri Kaspar
Research Student

Research: Syntactic theory; syntax-morphology interface; homophonous functional categories; left periphery; tag and echo questions; restrictions on scrambling.
Ya-Fang Lu Ya-Fang Lu
Research Student
Research: Tone processing in Mandarin-speaking children with autism
Diana Mazzarella

Diana Mazzarella
Research Student

Research: Semantic underdeterminancy, lexical pragmatics and figurative uses of language.
Nick Neasom
Research Student

Research: Phonological theory, in particular synchronic and diachronic chain shifts; phonological typology; learnability experiments.

Isabelle Needham-Didsbury
Research Student

Research: Figurative language processing, in particular the role of metaphor in psychotherapy
Ezekiel Panitz
Research Student

Research: Syntactic theory; locality; areas of syntax in which locality constraints are circumvented (sluicing, resumption, and wh-in-situ questions).
Thanasis Soultatis Thanasis Soultatis
Research Student
Research: Syllable structure and repair strategies in modern Greek dialects.
silhouette-f.jpg Chao Sun
Research Student
Research: Experimental pragmatics, particularly on-line comprehension of conversational implicatures.
Irene Symeonidou Irene Symeonidou
Research Student
Research: Psycholinguistics, experimental pragmatics, social cognition
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Research Student

Research: Syntax-semantics interface; scope freezing and the contrast between covert and overt scope shift.
k_tang.jpg Kevin Tang
Research Student
Research: Investigation of naturalistic "Slips of the Ear" using statistical and computational modelling, particularly with English and Chinese languages; Corpus collection and compilation; Constrain models of diachrony with synchronic data; Psycholinguistics; Speech (mis)perception; Speech segmentation; Phonetics and Phonology.
y_tian.jpg Ye Tian
Research Student
Research: Experimental pragmatics, especially negation processing and quantifiers in natural languages.
silhouette-f.jpg Catalina Urquiza Arribas
Research Student

Research: Word meaning, lexical pragmatics and the role of memory traces
maria2.jpg Maria Varkanitsa
Research Student
Research Interests: Syntactic and morphological impairments in the language of Greek-speaking patients with aphasia.
xiaobei.jpg Xiaobei Zheng
Research Student

Research: Common ground; theory of mind.
Executive Officer
silhouette.jpg Richard Jardine
Executive Officer
+ 44 (0) 20 7679 4245
Executive Officer to Head of Department