James P. Blevins

University of Cambridge

James P. Blevins received his PhD in Linguistics from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst in 1990. He is currently Assistant Director of Research at the Research CEntre for English and Applied Linguistics (RCEAL) at the University of Cambridge, and Director of RCEAL's PhD Programme in Computation, Cognition and Language. He has held teaching and research positions at the University of Texas, Austin, the University of California, Berkeley, the University of Alberta and the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany. His areas of expertise include morphology, with a focus on inflection paradigms, word-in-paradigm models and information-theoretic approaches, and syntax, in particular impersonal constructions, coordination, discontinuous dependencies and extraction. Language families of particular import to his research are Balto-Finnic, Germanic, Balto-Slavic, Kartvelian and Celtic.