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Rodney Huddleston

RODNEY HUDDLESTON is Honorary Research Consultant at the University of Queensland, Australia, where he served as Professor of English until 1997. He has held lectureships at the University of Edinburgh, University College London, and the University of Reading before moving to the Department of English at the University of Queensland, where he won an ‘Excellence in Teaching’ award; he is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities, and in 1990 was awarded a Personal Chair. He has written numerous articles and books on English grammar, including The Sentence in Written English (1971), An Introduction to English Transformational Syntax (1976), Introduction to the Grammar of English (1984) and English Grammar: An Outline (1988). He was the founding editor of the Australian Journal of Linguistics (1980–85).

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Geoffrey K. Pullum

GEOFFREY K. PULLUM is a linguist specializing in the study of English, and has published widely on the scientific study of language. He was born in Scotland in 1945. He holds a B.A. in Language from the University of York (1972) and a Ph.D. in General Linguistics from the University of London (1976). During his studies he worked for a year on problems of applied linguistics and English language teaching at a further education center in a Punjabi-speaking immigrant area west of London, and retains a lifelong interest in applied linguistic conerns. Between 1974 and 1981 he taught at University College London, the University of Washington, and Stanford University. He was a Fellow of the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences in 1990-91. Since 1981 he has worked at the University of California, Santa Cruz, where his title is Professor of Linguistics. He served UCSC from 1987 to 1993 as Dean of Graduate Studies and Research.

He has published a dozen books and nearly 200 technical articles within the field of linguistics. He was co-author of the book "Generalized Phrase Structure Grammar" (1985) and co-editor of the four volumes of the "Handbook of Amazonian Languages" (1986-1998). Perhaps the best-known of his books is "The Great Eskimo Vocabulary Hoax" (1991), a highly entertaining (and often very funny) collection of satirical essays about the field of linguistics that originated as columns in the Topic...Comment series in the journal "Natural Language and Linguistic Theory".

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Laurie Bauer

LAURIE BAUER holds a Personal Chair in Linguistics in the School of Linguistics and Applied Language Studies, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. He has published widely on English word-formation and New Zealand English, and is a member of the editorial boards of the Yearbook of Morphology and English World-Wide. His major publications include English Word-formation (1983), Introducing Linguistic Morphology (1988), Watching English Change (1994), and Morphological Productivity (2001), and he is the joint editor, with Peter Trudgill, of Language Myths (1998).

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Betty Birner

BETTY J. BIRNER is an Assistant Professor in the Department of English at Northern Illinois University. She is the author of The Discourse Function of Inversion in English (1996), as well as co-author, with Gregory Ward, of Information Status and Noncanonical Word Order in English (1998). She held a postdoctoral fellowship at the Universityof Pennsylvania’s Institute for Research in Cognitive Science from 1993 to 1995, and has served as an expert witness in the area of text interpretation.

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Peter Collins

PETER COLLINS is Associate Professor of Linguistics and Head of the Linguistics Department at the University of New South Wales. He has also taught linguistics at Sydney University and Macquarie University, and is currently the Editor of the Australian Journal of Linguistics. Recently published books include Australian English: The Language of a New Society (1989, with David Blair), Cleft and Pseudo-cleft Constructions in English (1991), English Grammar (1998), The Clause in English (1999, edited with David Lee), English Grammar: An Introduction (with Carmella Hollo; 2000), and English in Australia (2001, with David Blair).

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Geoffrey Nunberg

GEOFFREY NUNBERG is a Principal Scientist at the Xerox Palo Alto Research Center and a Consulting Professor of Linguistics at Stanford University. Before going to PARC in 1986, he taught at UCLA, Stanford, and the University of Rome. He has written on a range of topics, including semantics and pragmatics, information access, written language structure, multilingualism and language policy, and the cultural implications of digital technologies. He is usage editor and chair of the usage panel of the American Heritage Dictionary and has also written on language and other topics for general magazines. His many publications include The Linguistics of Punctuation (1990).

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Frank Palmer

FRANKPALMER was Professor of Linguistic Science at the University of Reading from 1965 until his retirement in 1987, and is a Fellow of the British Academy. He is the author of journal articles on linguistic theory, English, and Ethopian languages, and of many books, including Grammar (1971, 2nd edn 1984), The English Verb (1974, 2nd edn 1987), Mood and Modality (1986, 2nd edn 2001), and Grammatical Roles and Relations (1994). His professional engagements have involved extensive travel in North and South America, Asia, North Africa, and Europe, and in 1981 he was Distinguished Visiting Professor at the Foreign Languages Institute, Beijing.

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John Payne

JOHN PAYNE currently holds the post of Senior Lecturer in the Department of Linguistics at the University of Manchester. He has been Head of the Department, and also Head of the School of English and Linguistics. He has held appointments as visiting scholar or lecturer at, among others, the University of California at Los Angeles, the Australian National University (Canberra), and La Trobe University (Melbourne), and he has been an exchange visitor with the Freie ¨ Universit¨ at Berlin and the USSR Academy of Sciences. He has published widely on typology and syntactic theory, and was a member of the eurotyp group on noun phrase structure.

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Peter Peterson

PETER PETERSON is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Linguistics at the University of Newcastle, Australia. He is Reviews Editor and Associate Editor of the Australian Journal of Linguistics. His principal areas of current research are English syntax, particularly coordination and apposition-like structures, Lexical-Functional Grammar, and the acquisition of English as a Second Language. He is a contributing author in a forthcoming textbook for TESL, and has helped to establish the Newcastle ESL Corpus, a large database of unscripted conversations with French and Polish learners of English.

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Lesley Stirling

LESLEY STIRLING is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Linguistics and Applied Linguistics at the University of Melbourne. Prior to taking up her appointment there she spent seven years at the Centre for Cognitive Science and the Department of Linguistics at the University of Edinburgh, and has also held a visiting appointment at the Institute of Cognitive Science, University of Colorado at Boulder. Her research has been mainly in the areas of anaphora, discourse analysis, speech processing, and Australian English. Her publications include Switch-reference and Discourse Representation (1993), Anaphora (2001, special issue of the Australian Journal of Linguistics, edited with Peter K. Austin), and papers in the Belgian Journal of Linguistics, Language and Cognitive Processes, and Speech Communication. In 1996 she was awarded the Crawford Medal by the Australian Academy of the Humanities for her research.

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Gregory Ward

GREGORY WARD is Professor and Chair of the Department of Linguistics at Northwestern University (Illinois). He has also taught at the Universite Charles de Gaulle – Lille 3 (1996) and at the 1993 and 1997 LSA Linguistic Institutes. His main research area is discourse, with specific interests in pragmatic theory, information structure, and reference/anaphora. His 1998 book with Betty Birner – Information Status and Noncanonical Word Order in English – explores the discourse functions of a broad range of non-canonical syntactic constructions in English and other languages. With Laurence R. Horn, he is currently co-editor of the Handbook of Pragmatics (2004) and, also with Horn, co-author of the pragmatics entry in the MIT Encyclopedia of the Cognitive Sciences (1999). From 1986 to 1998, Ward was a consultant at AT&T Bell Laboratories (Murray Hill, NJ), working on speech synthesis and into national meaning. In 2003, he will be a Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Studies in Palo Alto.

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