Manuel David Gonzalez-Perez
After doing some coursework in Philosophy and Classics, Manuel completed a BA in Linguistics and two MAs in Classics and Linguistics. During this time he gathered some research and teaching experience in cognitive linguistics, functional syntax, typology, corpus methods, experimental psycholinguistics, sociolinguistics, diachrony, etymology, philological analysis of texts, ancient languages, grammatical and philosophical traditions.
Manuel's PhD involves the documentation of a (South-Eastern) variety of Ngwi (Tibeto-Burman) in Yunnan, China. The project will focus on grammar and semantics and will include descriptive, explanatory (functional/cognitive/diachronic), philological, lexicographic and etymological work. The main outcome will be a grammar, a lexicon and a collection of texts.
Beyond academically grounded pursuits, he has had the opportunity to acquire spoken, literary and sociocultural proficiency in Spanish, French, Catalan, German, English, Russian and Chinese, as well as rudimentary skills in other languages. His personal commitment to linguistic and cultural diversity as a lifestyle, as a goal in and of itself, combined with his theoretical interest in the possibilities, limits and implications of linguistic plasticity led him to undertake a PhD with Nick Evans.