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Visiting Scholars

Visiting Scholars 

Listed below are scholars visiting Cambridge during this academic year. Scholars staying for a longer period of time are also listed in the Research Directory.

If you have a visitor to your department who would like to be listed on this page, please send an email to with the visitor's name, home affiliation, Cambridge affiliation, research interests, and dates of their visit.


Professor Johan Bolhuis

Home institution: Utrecht University

Cambridge affiliation: Department of Zoology

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Dates of visit:

Research interests: comparative analysis of birdsong learning and human speech and language acquisition; theoretical analysis of the evolution and mechanisms of language; neural mechanisms of language

Professor Adam Kendon

Home institution: retired. Formerly of the University of Pennsylvania

Cambridge affiliation: Biological Anthropology, Department of Archaeology. Leverhulme Centre for Human Evolutionary Studies

Contact details: 01223 560534;;

Dates of visit: until September 2018

Research interests: gesture, sign language, evolutionary origins of language

Project whilst in Cambridge: critique of the place of gesture in language origins theories

Dr Kanako Komiya

Home institution: Ibaraki University

Cambridge affiliation: Department of Computer Science and Technology

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Dates of visit: 1 May 2018 – 30 April 2019

Research interests: natural language processing

Project whilst in Cambridge: Domain adaptation and relation learning

Dr Simon Pickl

Home institution: University of Salzburg, Austria

Home institution web page:

Cambridge affiliation: Department of German and Dutch

Contact details:, 01223 760389

Dates of visit: 1 October 2017 – 30 September 2019

Research interests: German language history, language variation and change, historical sociolinguistics, dialectology and geolinguistics, written language

Professor Shigenori Wakabayashi

Home institution: Chuo University, Tokyo, Japan

Home institution web page:

Cambridge affiliation: Churchill College

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Dates of visit: 30 March 2018 – 30 September 2018

Research interests: second language acquisition, morphology, syntax, Generative Grammar, language processing

Project whilst in Cambridge: modelling of second language learners' knowledge and use of their grammar(s)