akgMe and my interests

I’m Professor of Linguistics and Head 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. I have taught a range of undergraduate and postgraduate classes in these areas, among them:

  • Introduction to semantics (UG)
  • The logic of English (UG)
  • Grammatical semantics (UG)
  • Advanced semantics (UG/PG)
  • Field methods (UG/PG)
  • English verb classes (UG/PG)
  • Introduction to semantics and pragmatics (PG)


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, I enjoy hiking (particularly in the Pennines), keeping up on current events, and learning about Latin American history and politics.