I am an academic/writer/musician based on the south coast of England. My academic focus is pragmatics, the study of utterance interpretation. In particular I am interested in how the ‘natural’, non-linguistic properties of utterances interact with the linguistic ones, and how they can both be integrated within a theory of communication. These issues I address in my 2009 book Pragmatics and Non-verbal Communication. I am currently working on a book about pragmatics and emotion.

I am a passionate cook and have published on food and cookery. My latest book, with Richard Horsey, is Ugly Food.

I also had a career as a singer/songwriter in the nineteen eighties and still occasionally record. I collect C.F. Martin guitars.

The pen and ink drawings of me on this web-site were done by the super-talented Glenn Dakin.