Eve and I are happy to introduce a new contributor to Skeptical Humanities, linguist Mark Newbrook. Mark has years of experience exploring the fringe theories of language from a skeptical, professional perspective. According to his bio:
Mark was born and brought up in Wirral near Liverpool in North-West England, where he now lives again. He completed a BA (Honours) in Classics at Corpus Christi College, Oxford and went on to take an MA and a PhD in linguistics at the University of Reading, specialising in variationist historical dialectology and associated attitudinal matters. Subsequently he spent many years as a lecturer (professor) and researcher in linguistics in Singapore, Hong Kong and Australia. While in Australia, Mark combined his professional activities with his broad based interest in skepticism to become one of the few ‘skeptical linguists’ around; he was linguistics consultant to Australian Skeptics and now occupies similar roles in the equivalent British organisations. He has authored several books and many articles and reviews on various aspects of linguistics; and he has recently completed the first-ever general skeptical survey work on fringe linguistics (forthcoming).
Welcome, Mark! We look forward to working with you!
By the way, we are looking to build a community of scholars here, so if you would like to contribute to the site, let us know and we’ll see what we can work out. Professionals in all areas of the humanities are welcome.