Professor Emeritus of General Linguistics
School of Philosophy, Psychology, and Language Sciences
University of Edinburgh

Affiliate Faculty, Department of English
George Mason University
, Fairfax, Virginia

ORCID: 0000-0002-7748-8847. Please note that I have never had any account on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram. Any such accounts in my name (and there have been some) are fake.

Linguistics: Why It Matters:
(Polity Press).


Complete publications list
Posts on Lingua Franca
(formerly hosted by The Chronicle of Higher Education)
Language Log posts 2008–2018
Language Log posts 2003–2008
Fear and loathing of the English passive
(HTML version; published version in Language and Communication, 2014)
The land of the free and The Elements of Style
(HTML version; published version in English Today, 2010)
Tom Chivers' Telegraph article about me
Curriculum vitae, bio files, lists of conference papers and visiting talks
Remarks on Chomsky's 2011 London lecture (Linguist List, October 2011)
Obituary for Ivan Sag (Linguist List, October 2013)

Downloadables (click titles):
Control in Free Adjuncts — James Peter Donaldson's PhD dissertation on the so-called 'dangling modifier' construction (completed 2020, approved and officially dated 2021).

Fear and loathing of the English passive. Language and Communication, 2014. (Single-spaced PDF typescript, 23 pages, or HTML version here.)

Anaphoric one and its implications. (John Payne, Geoffrey K. Pullum, Barbara C. Scholz, and Eva Berlage.) Language 89(4), 2013. (Single-spaced PDF typescript.)

The central question in comparative syntactic metatheory. Mind and Language 28(4): 492-521, 2013. (Uncorrected proofs.)

Consigning phenomena to performance: A response to Neeleman. Mind and Language 28(4): 532-537, 2013. (Uncorrected proofs.)

What to be realist about in linguistic science. Unpublished paper presented at a workshop entitled ‘Foundation of Linguistics: Languages as Abstract Objects’ at the Technische Universität Carolo-Wilhelmina, Braunschweig, Germany, June 25-28, 2015.

Exophoric VP Ellipsis (Philip Miller and Geoffrey K. Pullum, 2013), bibliographical details here. (Pre-copy-editing single-spaced 22-page typescript, A4 paper size.)

On the mathematics of Syntactic Structures’, Journal of Logic, Language and Information (2011).

Aural pattern recognition experiments and the subregular hierarchy’ (James Rogers & Geoffrey K. Pullum, 2011). Journal of Logic, Language and Information. (Link: uncorrected proofs.)

Inessential features and expressive power of descriptive metalanguages’ (Geoffrey K. Pullum & Hans-Jörg Tiede, 2010). ‘The land of the free and The Elements of StyleEnglish Today, 2010. PDF version.

The distribution and category status of adjectives and adverbs’ (John Payne, Rodney Huddleston, & Geoffrey K. Pullum, 2010).

The truth about English grammar: rarely pure and never simple’ (2010).

Recursion and the infinitude claim’ (Geoffrey K. Pullum & Barbara C. Scholz, 2010).

Computational linguistics and generative linguistics: The triumph of hope over experience’: Presented at EACL 2009.

For universals (but not for finite state learning) visit the zoo’ (Geoffrey K. Pullum & Barbara C. Scholz, 2009), Behavioral and Brain Sciences.

50 Years of Stupid Grammar AdviceThe Chronicle of Higher Education, 2009.

Lexical categorization in English dictionaries and traditional grammarsZAA, 2009.

Animal pattern-learning experiments: Some mathematical background’ (Unpublished tutorial paper on subregular hierarchy stringset mathematics; Geoffrey K. Pullum & James Rogers, 2006.)

Scooping the loop snooper: a proof that the Halting Problem is unsolvable’ (Proof of halting problem undecidability in verse, in the style of Dr. Seuss, to honour Alan Turing — I swear I'm not making this up.)

Curriculum vitae (19 pp; PDF format, A4 paper-size).

Contact Details

My Chinese name: 溥 哲 夫 (PU3, ZHE2-FU1).

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Information about
The Cambridge Grammar
of the English Language

Errata page
for The
of the English

Information about the grammar textbook
A Student's Introduction to English Grammar
by Rodney Huddleston and Geoffrey K. Pullum
(Cambridge University Press, 2005).

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