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Colin Bannard


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I am a quantitative cognitive scientist interested in data-intensive methods for the study of language and particularly its development. 

Much of my current work focuses on language production. Fluent language use necessitates a balance between context-bound habits or routines and intentional control. I use computational and experimental methods to explore this across the life-span - from the emergence of productive informative speech in the first 3 years, to the impaired deployment of acquired habits seen in conditions such as Parkinson's disease.


I received my PhD in Computational Linguistics from the School of Informatics at the University of Edinburgh. I then worked on child language acquisition as a postdoc at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany. Before coming to Manchester I was Assistant Professor of Linguistics at the University of Texas at Austin and LuCiD Lecturer in Psychology at the University of Liverpool.


I currently teach the following modules:

LELA32051/70331 Computational Linguistics

LELA20962 Psycholinguistics

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Digital Futures
  • Creative Manchester


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