1984 Ph.D, Dept English, Radboud University.
International Phonetic Association (since 1971, Life member)
Linguistic Society of America (since 1975)
LAGB (since 1983)
Academia Europaea (elected 2011)
Previous Academic appointments
2013-2014 Visiting Professor, Nanjing University.
2012-present Emeritus Professor, Radboud University.
2005-2011 Professor of General and Experimental Phonology, Radboud University, Queen Mary, University of London.
2004 Professor of Linguistics, Queen Mary, University of London.
2003-2008 Standing Visiting Professor, Universität Konstanz.
1996 Fulbright scholar, UC Berkeley.
1995-2004 Professor of General and Experimental Phonology, Radboud University.
1991 Visiting Professor, UC Berkeley.
1986-1994 Associate Professor, Radboud University.
1985-1986 Visiting scholar, Stanford University.
1981-1982 Research Fellow, University of Edinburgh.
1972-1986 Teaching and Research, Dept English, Radboud University.
Description of research/person:
The focus of my interest is on the prosodic structure of languages. In words, this structure may involve lexical tone, word stress, or both. At the sentence level, it involves a phonological phrasing structure, marked by intonational boundary tones, as well as discourse melodies inside phrases, known as pitch accents. My work has contributed to a number of now widely shared insights. Among these are the way focus translates into pitch accents in West Germanic languages (the ‘focus-to-accent’ view, 1983), the finding that ‘stress shift’ in English phrases involves the distribution of pitch accents (‘accent deletion’, 1987), and the view that prominence marking for focus is not universal (2006). Over the past two decades, a typological perspective has led to prosodic analyses of Limburgish tonal dialects, Nubi, Yucatec Maya, Shanghai Wu, Zhumadian Mandarin, Ambon Malay, and Zwara Berber. Important features that have pervaded my research are the separation of paralinguistic communication and morphologically encoded meanings in intonation contours, building on work by John J. Ohala (‘biological codes’, 2002) and the anchoring of theoretical positions in behavioral research (1981).