BA, 1990, Oxford, Modern Languages
Ph.D., 1996, MIT, Linguistics
I am from the flat fen country of eastern England. I first came to the US in 1990 for what was supposed to be a 10-month stay. I’m still here. I’ve been based in the Washington DC area since 2000.
I mostly do just two closely related things.
First, I do research on psycholinguistics. I am impressed by the rich structure of human language, especially the countless details that we’re not consciously aware of. I want to know how children ever manage to learn this. And I want to know how the structures are encoded and manipulated, in cognitive and neuroscientific terms. The search for answers to these questions has led me to work with many different tools, languages, and fields of research. Recently we have got a lot of mileage from studying linguistic illusions.
Second, I am an evangelist for Language Science. Language is hugely important to humans, but it rarely features among priority areas for universities or for science in general. I am working with our wonderful community of faculty and students to change that. We believe that the basic science of language, and applications in education, technology and health all benefit from closer interaction — it’s easier to fix a system when we understand how it is supposed to work. The creation of the Maryland Language Science Center is the latest stage in our efforts to show that it’s genuinely useful when you put together the pieces of language science, for science and for society alike.
Dave Schneider, PhD 1999; Cycorp Inc.
Meesook Kim, PhD 1999, Sangji University, Korea
Sachiko Aoshima, PhD 2003, US Government
Nina Kazanina, PhD 2005, U of Bristol (UK)
Masaya Yoshida, PhD 2006, Northwestern U
Leticia Pablos, PhD 2006, Leiden U (Holland)
Takuya Goro, PhD 2007, Tsuda College (Japan)
Ming Xiang, postdoc 2005-2007, U of Chicago
Matt Wagers, PhD 2008, UC Santa Cruz
Clare Stroud, PhD 2008, National Institute of Medicine
Ellen Lau, PhD 2009, U of Maryland
Akira Omaki, PhD 2010, Univerity of Washington
Brian Dillon, PhD 2011, U of Massachusetts
Wing Yee Chow, PhD 2013, Univ College London
Dave Kush, PhD 2013, NTNU Trondheim (Norway)
Shevaun Lewis, PhD 2013, Johns Hopkins U
Dan Parker, PhD 2014, College of William & Mary
María Sol Lago, PhD 2014, U of Potsdam (Germany)
Dustin Chacón, PhD 2015, NYU
Shota Momma, PhD expected 2016
Lara Ehrenhofer, PhD expected 2018
Anton Malko, PhD expected 2018
Allyson Ettinger, PhD expected 2018
Nick Huang, PhD expected 2019
Phoebe Gaston, PhD expected 2020