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Ian Roberts, University of Cambridge
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What is the next big challenge in linguistics? If you could meet one scientist from the past, who would it be and why? If there are intelligent beings elsewhere in the Universe, do they have language and, if so, what might their language be like? How did you become interested in the evolution of language? Full interview


Professor Ian Roberts studied at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. He has been Professor of Linguistics in Cambridge since 2000, where he leads a very active research group studying comparative syntax and Universal Grammar. He has published eight monographs and two textbooks. His interests include xenolinguistics, the study of the linguistic capabilities of extraterrestrials.