Me and my interests

I’m a professor of linguistics in the Department of Linguistics and English Language at the University of Manchester.  My theoretical interests are in the morphosyntax/semantics interface and the implications of crosslinguistic variation for its nature. I am also a field linguist with interests in language documentation and description.


Languages of particular interest to me:

  • Misumalpan languages, especially Ulwa (Nicaragua)
  • Basaá (Bantu; Cameroon)
  • Huave (isolate; Oaxaca)
  • Tongan
  • Spanish, Portuguese


When I’m not doing linguistics (and sometimes when I am), I enjoy walking (particularly in the Peak District), learning about Latin American history and politics, and drinking real ale.