I read modern languages (French and German) at the University of Bradford (UK) from 1984 to 1988 (spending 1986 in France as an English teacher and in Germany as a translator) and graduated with first-class combined honours, the German politics prize, and an honorary life membership of the students' union. After a short time working as a translator and interpreter in France, I returned to the UK in 1989 for a British Academy-funded Masters degree in linguistics at the University of York. From York I moved in 1990 to a temporary one-year junior lecturing position in French at the University of Salford. In 1991 I was offered further British Academy funding to return to York for full-time doctoral research, but chose instead to accept an offer to remain at Salford, where, two-and-a-half decades and one (part-time) doctorate later, and after brief periods in visiting positions at the Institut supérieur de traducteurs et interprètes (ISTI) in Brussels and at the Université de Toulouse-le Mirail, I remain. After five years as Head of the School of Languages (2006-2011) I am now Professor of French Language & Linguistics and Head of the School of Humanities, Languages & Social Sciences.
My academic teaching and research interests lie in French language and linguistics, and full details of my activities and achievements are set out in my CV, available for download from this profile. In brief I have taught linguistics at Salford, as well as at the Universities of Manchester, York and Toulouse-le Mirail, and various aspects of French language and translation and interpreting at Salford, the Institut Supérieur de Traducteurs et Interprètes (Brussels) and Toulouse-le Mirail. I have published a number of single- and joint-authored books, as well as chapters in books, edited collections, entries in encyclopaedias, and articles and book reviews in refereed journals. From 2008 to 2012 I surveyed academic publications in French language and linguistics for "The year's work in modern language studies" (Modern Humanities Research Association). Several of my publications (or, in some cases, pre-publication versions) are available for download from this profile.
Outside Salford I have since 2005 been a member of the advisory editorial board of the Journal of French Language Studies, a peer-reviewed journal published on behalf of the Association for French Language Studies by Cambridge University Press, and from 2000 to 2013 was editor of the Transactions of the Philological Society, a peer-reviewed journal published for the Society by Wiley-Blackwell.
Previously, I was chair of the linguistics specialist advisory group of the UK Higher Education Academy Subject Centre for Languages, Linguistics and Area Studies, chair of the Linguistics Strategy Group, treasurer of the Linguistics Association of Great Britain (LAGB) and of the University Council of Modern Languages (UCML), and member of the LAGB education committee. I was also the founding chair of the University Council of General and Applied Linguistics. In 2010-2011 I was also a member of the linguistics team within the EU-funded HUMART project (sectoral qualifications framework for the humanities and the applied and fine arts).
I am currently Vice Chair (Language & Intercultural Education) of UCML, a member of the Council of the Philological Society, a member of the AQA's A-level higher education expert panel for modern foreign languages, and an appointed member of the Advisory Council of the Institute of Modern Languages Research (School of Advanced Study, University of London).
Specialist interests: Theoretical linguistics; syntax; French language and linguistics
Member of the selection committee.
Member of the selection committee.
Undergraduate linguistics and English language (2006--2009)
Undergraduate linguistics and English language (2002--2005)
External examiner for PhD: Eric Mathieu The syntax of non-canonical quantification: a comparative study.
Postgraduate French translation and interpreting (2001--2005)
Postgraduate French translating and interpreting (1997--2000)
Chair of the Linguistics Specialist Advisory Group (2005--2009), generating £14,000 of income.