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Research Interests

My work is in the area of theoretical syntax, with particular reference to English and the other Germanic languages. I have a particular interest in the syntax of Faroese. In the past I have also worked on Japanese.


1991 PhD in Linguistics, University of Pennsylvania
1987 MA in Linguisics, University of Pennsylvania
1983 MA (1st class) in Modern Languages, King’s College, University of Cambridge

Visiting and Research Positions

2017: Visiting Professor, Kyoto University (February–May)
2007: Professor of Syntax, University of Edinburgh
1999–2007: Reader, University of Edinburgh


I develop and teach courses in both the undergraduate and graduate programmes in PPLS, primarily in my main research area of syntax



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