I was born in Coventry in the English Midlands and I grew up in the nearby village of Stretton-on-Dunsmore (see here and here. I went to school in the nearby town of Rugby (but not at the famous public school).
I began my higher education as an art student but I decided that I was more interested in linguistics than graphic design. I did my first degree (in Linguistics and Philosophy) at the University College of North Wales (now the University of Wales Bangor), and then did a Ph.D. at the University of Edinburgh.
My first job was at the Adam
Mickiewicz University, Poznań, Poland, where I had the chance to learn
something about Polish - a very interesting language. Then after jobs at
University College London, the IBM UK Scientific Centre,
I was in
I retired at the end of January 2017, but continued to do research and some PhD supervision.
Sunset, Penmon, by Sir Kyffin Williams