Emeritus Rupert Murdoch Professor of Language and Communication

University of Oxford

Address: Worcester College, Oxford OX1 2HB, UK.


Tel: +44 (0)1865 278392

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Main interests

(Socio)historical linguistics

The description, implementation and causation of language change, with particular reference to current changes.

Language and mind

Language acquisition, speech comprehension, speech production, with particular reference to lexical storage and retrieval.

Language and the media

The language used by the media, and the effect of the media on language, with particular reference to language change, the use of language to exercise power, the relationship of media language to language in literature.

Main books

New media language(edited with Diana M. Lewis). London and New York.: Routledge.

Words in the mind: An introduction to the mental lexicon. 3rd edition (1st edition 1987). Oxford and New York: Basil Blackwell, 2003.

Language change: Progress or decay? 3rd edition (1st edition1981). Cambridge, New York, Melbourne: Cambridge University Press, 2001.

The articulate mammal: An introduction to psycholinguistics.4th edition (1st edition 1976). London and New York: Routledge, 1998.

The language web: The power and problem of words. 1996 BBC Reith lectures. Cambridge, New York, Melbourne: Cambridge University Press, 1997.

The seeds of speech: Language origin and evolution. Cambridge, New York, Melbourne: Cambridge University Press, 1996. (Also, with new extended introduction, in C.U.P. Canto series, 2000.)

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