Judith Bishop is Senior Manager of Linguistic Services and Principal Linguist at Appen Butler Hill, Inc. She has completed an MPhil. in French Literature from Cambridge University, a Masters of Fine Arts (poetry) from Washington University at St Louis, U.S.A., and a PhD in Linguistics from the University of Melbourne.
Franklin Chang is a researcher and lecturer whose research examines the relationship between learning and processing through the use of connectionist models and human experiments. Prior to joining the staff at the School of Pyschology he has worked at Hanyang University in Seoul, South Korea, the Natural Language Research Group in the NTT Communication Science Laboratories near Kyoto, Japan, and at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany with Michael Tomasello and Elena Lieven on issues in language acquisition. He completed his PhD on sentence production in the Department of Psychology at University of Illinois (Beckman Institute) with Gary Dell and Kathryn Bock.
Morten H. Christiansen is Professor of Psychology and Co-Director of the Cognitive Science Program at Cornell University as well Senior Scientist at the Haskins Labs, Professor of Child Language at Aarhus University, and Professor in the Department of Language and Communication at the University of Southern Denmark. He is the author of more than 170 scientific papers and has edited four books. His research focuses on the interaction of biological and environmental constraints in the processing, acquisition and evolution of language, using a combination of computational, behavioural, and cognitive neuroscience methods. This research is summarised in his newest book Creating Language: Integrating Evolution, Acquisition, and Processing from MIT Press. He is a fellow of the Association for Psychological Science and delivered the 2009 Nijmegen Lectures.
Greville Corbett’s research focuses on typology, morphology, morphosyntax; and Slavic and Slavonic languages. He is a founding member of the Surrey Morphology Group and an Honorary Member of the Linguistic Society of America.
Russell’s research has made significant contributions to the fields of linguistics, animal cognition, philosophy of biology and behavioural phylogenetics. He pioneered the application of computational evolutionary methods to questions about linguistic prehistory. This work has helped solve the 200 year-old debate on the origin of Indo-European languages.
Stephen Levinson’s research focuses on language diversity and its implications for theories of human cognition. His work attempts both to grasp what this diversity is all about, and to exploit it as a way of discovering the role that language plays in our everyday cognition.
Elena Lieven did her undergraduate degree and her Ph.D. on individual differences in early language development in the Department of Psychology at the University of Cambridge. She came to Manchester in 1979. She was Editor of the Journal of Child Language from 1996–2005. In 1998 Professor Lieven was granted long-term unpaid leave to work at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig. This funded the Max Planck Child Study Centre from 1998-2014 which was set up in the Manchester Department when she moved to Leipzig. In 2012, she moved back to work in the Manchester School and, as well as continuing as Director of the Child Study Centre, took on the role of Centre lead in the newly formed Centre for Developmental Science and Disorders in the Institute of Brain, Behaviour and Mental Health. In 2014, the ESRC International Centre for Language and Communicative Development (LuCiD) of which Elena is the Centre Director, was established across the Universities of Manchester, Liverpool and Lancaster on a 5-year grant.
Stephen Matthews specialises in language typology, syntax and semantics. His current interests include the typology of Chinese; the grammar of Chinese dialects, notably Cantonese, Chaozhou and other Minnan dialects; language contact and bilingualism, with particular reference to Sinitic languages. He is Co-Director of the Childhood Bilingualism Research Centre. An amateur musician, he plays second violin with the Hong Kong Chamber Orchestra and the SAR Philharmonic.
Miriam Meyerhoff completed her PhD at the University of Pennsylvania in 1997 and since then has held academic positions at the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa, Cornell University, University of Edinburgh and University of Auckland. She has also been a Visiting Professor with Michigan State University, University of Colorado at Boulder, and the University of Agder. Her research deals with language variation and change in its broadest perspective. As well as an active research programme investigating variation in situations of language and dialect contact, she has a long-standing interests in the ways social ideologies affect language use and perceptions of language users. In particular, she is interested in ideologies of gender and language. Her current research is mainly focused on variation and change in the Nkep speaking community of Hog Harbour, Vanuatu.
Bee Chin Ng
Ng Bee Chin works mainly in the area of bilingualism and multilingualism with a focus on the impact of language contact on individuals and the community they live in. Her research approach is to explore both cognitive and social aspects of language acquisition and use. Currently, she is working on language identity, attitudes and use and language and emotion in multilinguals. She also works in the area of language as a source of intangible heritage with collaborators in art and design studies. She founded the linguistics department in Nanyang Technological University is currently the Associate Dean of Graduate Studies in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences.
Caroline Rowland is a professor in the Institute of Psychology Health and Society, University of Liverpool. Her research focuses on how children acquire language, how the language acquisition mechanism interacts with the environment, and how adults and children represent language in the brain.
Rena Torres Cacoullos
Rena Torres Cacoullos identifies quantitative patterns in spontaneous speech and historical texts, using variability to demonstrate grammatical similarities and differences, in bilingual communities and in diachronic grammaticalization processes. She is co-editor of Language Variation and Change.
Virginia Yip is Professor and Chairperson of the Department of Linguistics and Modern Languages as well as Director of the Childhood Bilingualism Research Centre at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Her books include Interlanguage and Learnability (John Benjamins; 1995) and The Bilingual Child: Early Development and Language Contact (Cambridge University Press; 2007) which received the Linguistic Society of America’s Leonard Bloomfield Book Award in 2009. She serves on the editorial board of Bilingualism: Language and Cognition, International Journal of Bilingualism, Second Language Research and Multilingual Education and the European Research Council's panel on the human mind and its complexity.