Linguist and phonetician
I was born in late 1939, am married, and took a BA in Modern Languages at Oxford in 1961. In 1998 I took the Certificate of Proficiency of the International Phonetic Association, and was awarded the only First Class in that year. In 2012 I took a Master's degree (with Merit) in linguistics at the University of Glasgow; my dissertation was on the phonology of a regional dialect of Modern Greek.
In the last few decades I have been a grammar-school teacher in the UK, a freelance teacher in Greece and Turkey, a junior manager and a software developer. I have been self-employed as a linguist and software developer since 1982.
I specialise in applying linguistic principles to the language-learning process, so that pupils can learn faster and more securely.
Languages (I taught myself all of these except French)
• French - degree standard
• German - Zertifikat Deutsch "sehr gut"
• Modern Greek - fluent conversationalist
• 'Illustrations of the IPA: Italian', Journal of the International Phonetic Association,
34, 1 (2004).
When not teaching or learning a language, I walk on the hills or play an unbelievable jazz piano (what a useful device ambiguity is!)
of Derek. Another nice picture
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• Address: 21 Ruskin Lane, Glasgow G12 8EA, UK