Ian Stirk's Home Page
I retired in March 2010 as a teacher of English at the Research Institute for World Languages of Osaka University. Since then I have been teaching a weekly class on the Welsh language, although I am not a native speaker. My academic background is mostly in linguistics, especially formal (mathematical) linguistics and logic. Rather disillusioned with mainstream syntactic theory (if there is such a thing any more), I have been trying to formulate some ideas based on the notion of analogy, a straightforward but rather neglected concept, until Douglas Hofstadter and Emmanuel Sander published their "Surfaces and Essences" (Basic Books 2013). There are links to some of my own thoughts in files cited below. All this has inspired me to change the topic of my weekly class to language and analogy, using Welsh now as a particularly interesting example among various other languages.
There are files related to various other topics to be found below too.
I'm on Twitter: @IanCStirk and you can find my email address here.
Otherwise pictures of me and some other animals and birds can be found here.
Syllabus and teaching material
This and that, now and then|
Thursday Morning Group
To celebrate the start of a new session after the summer, I've posted the first four pages of Episode 4, for us to start as soon as we've finished Episode 3! So see you with plenty to do on Thursday 8th!