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.
Sir William Borlase's Grammar School, Marlow, Bucks
BA (Oxford), DipTEFL (Wales), DipPhon (Lond), PhD (Man)
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.