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Dr Gordon Tucker - BSc (Salford), PhD (Wales)

Overview

Position: Associate Researcher Email: TuckerG@cf.ac.uk
Telephone: +44(0)29 208 74887
Extension: 74887
Location: John Percival Building, Colum Drive, Cathays, Cardiff

Research Group

Centre for Language and Communication Research

Research Interests

Gordon's research falls within the theory of Systemic Functional Grammar. Together with Professor Robin Fawcett, he has worked on the development of a large computational systemic grammar of English, his particular focus being primarily on lexical aspects of the grammar. His book The Lexicogrammar of Adjectives (Cassell 1998) is the only book-length contribution to lexis within systemic functional theory. In recent years, his research has focused on the systemic functional modelling of phraseological expressions and probabilistic grammar, substantially underpinned by corpus linguistic investigation.

Selected Publications

Tucker, G. (1998) The lexicogrammar of adjectives: A systemic functional approach to lexis. London: Cassell Academic.

Tucker, G. (2001) Possibly alternative modality. Functions of Language. 8. 2.

Tucker, G. (2002). Towards a semantics of sun exposure: the lexicogrammatical construal of tanning and burning. In A. Sánchez Macario (Ed.) Windows on the world: media discourse in English. Valencia: Universitat de València.

Tucker G. (2005) Extending the lexicogrammar: Towards a more comprehensive account of partially clausal and non-clausal expressions. Language Sciences, 27.6.

Tucker, G. (2006) Systemic Incorporation. In G. Thompson and S. Hunston (Eds.) System and corpus: exploring connections. London: Equinox.

Tucker, G. (2006) Between Grammar and Lexis: Towards a Systemic Functional Account of Phraseology. In Continuing Discourse on Language: A Functional Perspective. Eds. C. Matthiessen, R. Hasan and J. Webster. London, Equinox.

Publications

Tucker, G. (1998) The lexicogrammar of adjectives: A systemic functional approach to lexis. London: Cassell Academic.

Tucker, G. (2001) Possibly alternative modality. Functions of Language. 8. 2.

Tucker, G. (2002). Towards a semantics of sun exposure: the lexicogrammatical construal of tanning and burning. In A. Sánchez Macario (Ed.) Windows on the world: media discourse in English. Valencia: Universitat de València.

Tucker G. (2005) Extending the lexicogrammar: Towards a more comprehensive account of partially clausal and non-clausal expressions. Language Sciences, 27.6.

Tucker, G. (2006) Systemic Incorporation. In G. Thompson and S. Hunston (Eds.) System and corpus: exploring connections. London: Equinox.

Tucker, G. (2006) Between Grammar and Lexis: Towards a Systemic Functional Account of Phraseology. In Continuing Discourse on Language: A Functional Perspective. Eds. C. Matthiessen, R. Hasan and J. Webster. London, Equinox.

Biography

He was formerly lecturer in French at the West Midlands College of Higher Education, and taught English and English Linguistics at the University of Pisa. He came to Cardiff in 1987 and was Senior Research Associate on the COMMUNAL computational natural language generation project, before joining the staff as a full-time lecturer.

He has been visiting lecturer at the Unversidade de Santo Amaro, São Paolo, Brazil, the Universidad Central de Caracas, Venezuela, the Università di Bologna, Italy, The Korean Maritime University, Pusan, Korea, and regularly contributes to the pre-doctoral courses at the Département d'anglais at the Université de Bretagne Occidentale, Brest, France.

He has given invited lectures at international conferences and seminars in India, Canada, Korea, Italy, Germany, Belgium, France and the UK.

He is currently, with Dr Joanna Thornborrow, a member of the media corpus group on the INTUNE project on European Citizenship, an Integrated Project co-financed by the VI Framework Programme of the European Union.

As a trades union activist, Gordon is a member of the Cardiff Executive Committee of the Association of University Teachers and during his period in Italy was National President of the University Foreign Lectors' Association.

Professionally, he is the UK representative of the International Systemic Functional Association, member of the Association Française de Linguistique Systémique Fonctionnelle and is a registered advisor on language to the UK Government Qualification and Curriculum Authority.