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Judith Bishop Doctor

Judith Bishop

  • Title: Doctor
  • Program: Archiving/Technologies
  • Institution: Appen

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 Doctor

Franklin Chang

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.

Recent Publications

  1. Four-year-old Cantonese-speaking children's online processing of relative clauses: A permutation analysis

    Bibliography

    Angel Chan, Wenchun Yang, Franklin Chang, and Evan Kidd. 2018. "Four-year-old Cantonese-speaking children's online processing of relative clauses: A permutation analysis." Journal of Child Language. 174-203. doi: 10.1017/S0305000917000198.

Morten Christiansen Professor

Morten Christiansen

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.

Recent Publications

  1. Testing statistical learning implicitly: A novel chunk-based measure of statistical learning

    Bibliography

    E Isbilen, S McCauley, S Kidd, and Morten Christiansen. 2017. "Testing statistical learning implicitly: A novel chunk-based measure of statistical learning". In Proceedings of the 39th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society, Austin.

  2. Individual Differences in Language Acquisition and Processing

    Bibliography

    Evan Kidd, Seamus Donnelly, and Morten Christiansen. 2018. "Individual Differences in Language Acquisition and Processing." Trends in Cognitive Science. 22: 152-169. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.tics.2017.11.006.

  3. Sound–meaning association biases evidenced across thousands of languages

    Bibliography

    Damian Blasi, Soren Wichmann, Harald Hammarstrom, Peter Stadler, and Morten Christiansen. 2016. "Sound–meaning association biases evidenced across thousands of languages." Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. 113 (37) doi: 10.1073/pnas.1605782113.

  4. Creating language: Integrating evolution, acquisition, and processing

    Bibliography

    Morten Christiansen, and Nick Chater. 2016. Creating language: Integrating evolution, acquisition, and processing. Cambridge : MIT Press.

Greville Corbett Distinguished Professor

Greville Corbett

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.

Recent Publications

  1. Extreme classification

    Bibliography

    Sebastian Fedden, and Greville Corbett. 2018. "Extreme classification." Cognitive Linguistics. 29: 633-675. doi: https://doi.org/10.1515/cog-2017-0109.

  2. Non-Canonical Gender Systems

    Bibliography

    Sabastian Fedden, Jenny Audring, and Greville Corbett. 2018. Non-Canonical Gender Systems. Oxford : Oxford University Press.

  3. Understanding intra-system dependencies: Classifiers in Lao

    Bibliography

    Fedden, Sebastian, and Corbett, Greville. 2017. "Understanding intra-system dependencies: Classifiers in Lao". In Dependencies in Language, 171-179. Berlin: Language Science Press.

  4. Gender and classifiers in concurrent systems Refining the typology of nominal classification

    Bibliography

    Sebastian Fedden, and Greville Corbett. 2017. "Gender and classifiers in concurrent systems Refining the typology of nominal classification." Glossa: a journal of general linguistics. 2 (1): 1-47. doi: http://doi.org/10.5334/gjgl.177.

  5. Morphological Complexity

    Bibliography

    Matthew Baerman, Dunstan Brown, and Greville Corbett. 2017. Morphological Complexity. Cambridge : Cambridge University Press.

Russell Gray Professor

Russell Gray

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.

Recent Publications

  1. Post-Marital Residence Patterns Show Lineage-Specific Evolution

    Bibliography

    Jiří Moravec, Quentin Atkinson, Claire Bowern, Simon Greenhill, Fiona Jordan, Robert Ross, Russell Gray, Stephen Marsland, and Murray Cox. 2018. "Post-Marital Residence Patterns Show Lineage-Specific Evolution." Evolution and Human Behavior. 39 (6): 594-601.

  2. A Bayesian phylogenetic study of the Dravidian language family

    Bibliography

    Vishnupriya Kolipakam, Fiona Jordan, Michael Dunn, Simon Greenhill, Remco Bouckaert, Russell Gray, and Annemarie Verkerk. 2018. "A Bayesian phylogenetic study of the Dravidian language family." Royal Society Open Science. 5: 171504. doi: 10.1098/rsos.171504.

  3. Evolutionary dynamics of language systems

    Bibliography

    Simon Greenhill, Chieeh-Hsi Wu, Xia Hua, Michael Dunn, Stephen Levinson, and Russell Gray. 2017. "Evolutionary dynamics of language systems." Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. 114 (42) doi: 10.1073/pnas.1700388114.

  4. D-PLACE: A Global Database of Cultural, Linguistic and Environmental Diversity

    Bibliography

    Simon Greenhill, Russell Gray, Kathryn Kirby, Fiona Jordan, Stephanie Gomes-Ng, and Hans-Jorg Bibiko. April 11, 2016. "D-PLACE: A Global Database of Cultural, Linguistic and Environmental Diversity." PLoS ONE.

  5. Broad supernatural punishment but not moralizing high gods precede the evolution of political complexity in Austronesia

    Bibliography

    Simon Greenhill, Joseph Watts, Quentin Atkinson, Thomas Currie, Joseph Bulbulia, and Russell Gray. 2015. "Broad supernatural punishment but not moralizing high gods precede the evolution of political complexity in Austronesia." Proceedings of the Royal Society of London B.

Stephen Levinson Professor

Stephen Levinson

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.

Recent Publications

  1. Evolutionary dynamics of language systems

    Bibliography

    Simon Greenhill, Chieeh-Hsi Wu, Xia Hua, Michael Dunn, Stephen Levinson, and Russell Gray. 2017. "Evolutionary dynamics of language systems." Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. 114 (42) doi: 10.1073/pnas.1700388114.

Elena Lieven Professor

Elena Lieven

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.

Recent Publications

  1. How do language-specific characteristics affect the acquisition of different relative clause types? Evidence from Finnish

    Bibliography

    Minna Kirjavainen, Evan Kidd, and Elena Lieven. 2017. "How do language-specific characteristics affect the acquisition of different relative clause types? Evidence from Finnish." Journal of Child Language. 44 (1): 120-157. doi: 10.1017/S0305000915000768.

Stephen Matthews Doctor

Stephen Matthews

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 Professor

Miriam Meyerhoff

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.

Recent Publications

  1. Borrowing from Bislama into Nkep (East Santo, Vanuatu): Quantitative and qualitative perspectives

    Bibliography

    Miriam Meyerhoff. "Borrowing from Bislama into Nkep (East Santo, Vanuatu): Quantitative and qualitative perspectives." Languages and Linguistics in Melanesia. 34 (1)

  2. Bequia English

    Bibliography

    Walker, J, and Meyerhoff, Miriam. 2015. "Bequia English". In Further Studies in the Lesser-Known Varieties of English, 128-143. Cambridge: Cambridge UniversityPress.

  3. Acquiring some 'lik'e-ness to others: How some Polish teenagers acquire the Scottish pragmatics of 'like'

    Bibliography

    S Truesdale, and Miriam Meyerhoff. 2015. "Acquiring some 'lik'e-ness to others: How some Polish teenagers acquire the Scottish pragmatics of 'like'." Te Reo. 58 (3): 28.

  4. Extending ELAN into variationist sociolinguistics

    Bibliography

    N Nagy, and Miriam Meyerhoff. 2015. "Extending ELAN into variationist sociolinguistics." Linguistics Vanguard.

  5. Subject and object pronoun use in Bequia (St Vincent & the Grenadines)

    Bibliography

    Meyerhoff, Miriam, and Walker, J. 2015. "Subject and object pronoun use in Bequia (St Vincent & the Grenadines)". In Language Issues in St Vincent and the Grenadines, 67-85. John Benjamins.

Bee Chin Ng Associate Professor

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 Professor

Caroline Rowland

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.

Recent Publications

  1. The ubiquity of frequency effects in first language acquisition

    Bibliography

    Evan Kidd, Ben Ambridge, Caroline Rowland, and Anna Theakston. 2015. "The ubiquity of frequency effects in first language acquisition." Journal of Child Language. 42 (2): 239-273. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S030500091400049X.

Rena Torres Cacoullos Professor

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.

Recent Publications

  1. Bilingualism in the Community: Code-switching and Grammars in Contact

    Bibliography

    Rena Torres Cacoullos, and Catherine Travis. 2018. Bilingualism in the Community: Code-switching and Grammars in Contact. Cambridge : Cambridge.

  2. Gauging convergence on the ground: code-switching in the community

    Bibliography

    Catherine Travis, and Rena Torres Cacoullos. August, 2015. "Gauging convergence on the ground: code-switching in the community." International Journal of Bilingualism (Guest editors - Special Issue). 19 (4): 365-480. doi: 10.1177/1367006913516042.

  3. Cross-language priming: A view from bilingual speech

    Bibliography

    Catherine Travis, Rena Torres Cacoullos, and Kidd Evan. March, 2017. "Cross-language priming: A view from bilingual speech." Bilingualism: Language and Cognition. 20 (2 Special issue edited by Gerrit Jan Kootstra and Pieter Muysken): 283-298. doi: 10.1017/S1366728915000127.

  4. Two languages, one effect: Structural priming in code-switching

    Bibliography

    Rena Torres Cacoullos, and Catherine Travis. August, 2016. "Two languages, one effect: Structural priming in code-switching." Bilingualism: Language and Cognition. 19 (4): 733-753. doi: https://doi.org/10.1017/S1366728914000406.

  5. Two languages, one effect: Structural priming in code-switching

    Bibliography

    Rena Torres Cacoullos, and Catherine E Travis. 2015 (online). "Two languages, one effect: Structural priming in code-switching." Bilingualism: Language and Cognition (Special issue edited by Margaret Deuchar). doi: 10.1017/S1366728914000406..

Virginia Yip Associate Professor

Virginia Yip

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.

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