I studied Neurobiology at the University
of Sussex, graduating in 1975.
I then joined the Department of Language and Linguistics
here at Essex as a PhD student. I spent 6 months
researching in Leningrad as a British
Council funded scholar in 1977-78. I was awarded a PhD in 1980 for a thesis on
'Contrastivity and Functional Sentence Perspective'.
From 1979-81 I worked as a translator in Moscow
and then joined the Speech Therapy Department in a post jointly funded by the
Central School of Speech and Drama and the Polytechnic of Central London (now
the University of Westminster).
I taught various aspects of linguistics and psycholinguistics there till 1990,
when I joined the Department of Language and Linguistics
to teach phonology and morphology. I have been Professor of Linguistics
in the department since 1999.
I perform in a variety of music groups devoted to pre-classical music (i.e.
I sing in a vocal quintet The
I sing in Psalmody, a chamber choir formed by Peter Holman to perform at
the Suffolk Villages Festival
I play recorders and sing in the Colchester/Wivenhoe based baroque group The
Cavendish Consort (webpage under construction)
I play baroque viola in the Belsize Baroque Orchestra.
I’m also the fixer for the viola section of this orchestra. If you play
baroque viola or modern viola with gut strings and a baroque bow and you’d be
interested in performing with us please contact me on andrew.spencer01 at
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