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Who are you?  Where did you come from?  What is your connection to linguistics? Introduce yourself!

My name's Cory and I'm a Canadian living in the UK with my English husband. I've just started a PhD in Archaeology at the University of Southampton, researching the possibility of identifying theory of mind in the archaeological record and this informing past hominid language ability. 

I became interested in linguistics when I was 17 and read Steven Pinker's The Language Instinct, and that led to doing a BA in linguistics at Simon Fraser University in Canada. I started minoring in archaeology, which led to my interest in the Palaeolithic and started a curiosity as to why there was no discussion of language origins and evolution in any of my linguistics courses. I moved to the UK to do a Masters in Palaeoanthropology and Palaeolithic archaeology focusing on the evolution of language, and ended up finding a husband and staying. 

I now consider myself more of an archaeologist than a linguist, and enjoy going on Palaeolithic excavations in the summer :)

Pleased to meet you all!

Hi everyone!

I'm Daniel, a Ph.D. student in Linguistics, with an interest in just about everything related to linguistics and languages, but especially morphosyntax, semantics, typology and psycholinguistics.

I also enjoy studying languages and have now studied about 15 formally, though I can't claim to speak most of them. I'm a native speaker of English, and I'd consider myself strongly conversational in Spanish, plus I can read just about any European language at this point, at least with a dictionary. But mostly I enjoy the experience and like the benefit of being able to have some idea what's going on in many languages while doing my research.

Of course you're welcome to ask me any questions about using the forums or anything else :)

Hello all! I'm John, a post-doc who uses computational methods to understand language acquisition and use. I'm most interested in first language acquisition, and using structured probabilistic models to measure the utility of different biases for learning linguistic structures. I'm also interested in the role of different notions of "efficient communication" in language behavior.

I'm an American and did a BA/MA in Linguistics at the Ohio State University, and then decided leave the US for a bit ;) I recently completed my PhD in Scotland (at the University of Edinburgh School of Informatics), and now I'm post-doc-ing in Australia in the department of Computing of Macquarie University.

Hi there!

My family name, Guijarro (= pebble), comes from the Iberian language (if we are to believe philologists). Indeed, although I was born in Caracas (Venezuela) during the Spanish Civil War, I was brought back to Spain when I was 7 months old and never returned to my original country. So, I am Spanish, and live now in the very south of the Peninsula (Seville, for me, is up north!).

I came to Linguistics very late in my career, for I started and got a BA in Law at the Complutense in Madrid (1953-58), and did a Master Degree in Comparative Law at SMU in Dallas Texas (1962-63). I don't know what happened, then, but I decided that I hated law (and order), and so I went back to the University on the wrong side of the situation. First in Madrid (1964-67), then in Paris (1967-68) where I got very much involved in the 1968 riots (I just told you I hated law and order at that time!). I then came back to Spain, ended my degree in German and found a place as assistant teacher of English at the University of Salamanca (1969-1975) where I started teaching American Literature (Henry David Thoreau was the subject of my first university course on the right side of the situation).

My sister had married an English linguist, Julian Dakin, who died abruptly at 30. I then decided to go to Edinmburgh, where they lived (Julian was a Linguistics professor at that University), to stay with my widowed sister. I asked to be accepted in the Applied Linguistics Department (15, Buccleuch Place) and, as a brother in law of the deceased professor, I was immediately admitted on the wrong side of the situation yet again!).

I ended my diploma in Applied Linguistics (1972), went back to the right side of the situation at Salamanca and, from then on, I have dedicated my life to Linguistics. I left the university for the north of France, Lille, where a lady of my liking was working in 1978, spent a bohemian year there playing my guitar and selling my drawings and pictures for my living, and eventually, ended my love affair and my bohemian life, going back to teach morphosyntactics at the University of Seville (1979) where I stayed a couple of years.

The new created University of Cadiz needed a Linguistics professor, so I applied to it, since I love the sea and couldn't stand the summer heat in Seville. And here, since 1981, I spent the rest of my 30 odd professional years, created the English Department, and went on until 2007, when, coming to age (70!), they gave me the sack, although to make it less unpalatable named me emeritus professor (which in Latin means, useless professor).

In Spain we have a fictional character, "el agüelete Cebolleta" (the Little Onion Grandpa), who is the old chap who tries to tell everybody his life story ...

You may call me that, if you wish (you are entitled to it, after reading the above!), or use my first name, José Luis, or simply call me Guijarro in Spanish or (bloody) Pebble in English. You have a wide panoply to chose from as you see!

To end it all, be warned that I am a chomskyan in Linguistics and a Relevance Theorist in Pragmatics. Apart from that, my 15 year old daughter tells me that I am the ugliest chap on earth.

I don't believe her!


I suppose since I plan on being a contributing member of this forum that I'll introduce myself, briefly.

Hi, my name's Ian. I've had an amateur interest in language typology for as long as I can remember. I always liked knowing who spoke what where, but the extent of my interest rarely went beyond that. I studied Spanish in high school, Arabic for a year or so after high school, Serbian in college, and most recently Finnish. It wasn't until I studied Serbian that I realized I had a real passion for linguistics, and morphology in particular. I ended up randomly taking a linguistics course somewhat late in my college career and was immediately enamored, it was only then that I realized that there was an actual discipline that focused on the things I was interested in. I declared linguistics as my second major and started from there.

My primary interests in linguistics apply to the lower layers mostly, anything from phonetics up to syntax. I like the interfaces between modules, like morphophonology and morphosyntax. The language families that I am most interested in (and have most experience with) are (predictably) Uralic, Northeast and Northwest Caucasian, and Eskimo-Aleut.

I'm currently hoping to get accepted to a MA program in Finland. Wish me luck. :)


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