Mr T Williamson

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  • Qualifications:BA (Lancaster University), MPhil (University of Cambridge)
  • Position:PhD Candidate
  • Department:ACE - Creative and Cultural Industries
  • Telephone:+44117 965 6261

About me

T R Williamson (Tom) is a PhD Candidate in the Brain, Language, and Behaviour Laboratory in the Bristol Centre for Linguistics at UWE, working under the supervision of Dr Anna Piasecki, Dr Kris Kinsey, and Mr Neil Barua, PhD, FRCS(SN). His research involves designing language tests for awake craniotomies in the context of neuro-oncology treatments, with a special focus on the motor-linguistic system in the brain.

Previously, he completed an MPhil (by Thesis) in Linguistics under the supervision of Professor John Williams at the University of Cambridge, and before that a BA (Hons) in Linguistics and Philosophy at Lancaster University, under the supervision of Professor Panos Athanasopoulos and Dr Vittorio Tantucci. He also works with Dr Lisa Aziz-Zadeh in the Centre for the Neuroscience of Embodied Cognition at the University of Southern California.

He is involved with a few academia-adjacent projects:
- He is Chair of the Advisory Board for the Journal of the Undergraduate Linguistics Association of Britain
- He is a consultant for Skills for English, an English proficiency test provider at PSI Services

Area of expertise

His research background is broadly in psycholinguistics and neurolinguistics (the study of how language is processed and produced in the mind and brain). To date, he has published and presented on topics including embodied cognition, idiom processing, semantic processing, experimental pragmatics, polysemy, and iconicity. 

He maintains additional interests in semantics, pragmatics, "superlinguistics", and, outside of linguistics, higher education policy.


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