BiographyI was born in Peckham, London and evacuated at the onset of war to Marlow, Bucks, where I attended the local Grammar School. After National Service in the Royal Navy, I studied at Pembroke College, Oxford. I worked for Oxford University Press for five years (mainly in Africa) before returning to the UK to do postgraduate courses in Wales and at University College London. I then became Lecturer and later Professor of Phonetics and head of the Department of Linguistics at the University of Manchester.
Areas of Research / Professional Expertise
I have taught, researched and written widely in child language, intonation, and the phonetics of English; and have published textbooks in these three areas. I was the Editor of the Journal of Child Language for seven years. I was a Visiting Scholar at Stanford University.
I rowed for my school and my college. I later took up sailing and sailed on lakes and seas in and around Britain and the Mediterranean. In retirement I took up bowling and was secretary of my local bowls club for ten years. I acted in amateur dramatics ar school, in Marlow, in the Navy, and in Manchester.
I first married when I was in Africa and have twin daughters (and four grandchildren). My first wife died in 1995 and I remarried in 1999.