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- Private life Piotr is Polish for ‘Peter’; friends call me Piotrek ‘Pete’. The Polish pronunciation of my surname is (more or less) [gonshoROFski]. I was born on 6 Oct 1960 in Warsaw, spent my childhood, teens and twenties living mostly in and around the city, then moved to Poznań (Western Poland) in order to study English. I’m married (very happily, I’m glad to say), with two children.
- Education I studied electronics and computer science at Warsaw Polytechnic from 1978 till 1984; disappointment with what computer science was like in Poland in those ancient times led me to take a different course of studies just upon graduation. I ve never regretted switching to linguistics, or having had some sound scientific training before. I got my MA in 1987 and soon afterwards joined the staff of the School of English at Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznań. I received my PhD in 1994 and my final degree (known as habilitation in Poland) in 1998. In the course of my studies I’ve done research at other places too, including Oxford (a year at St. Peter’s), Edinburgh and Los Angeles (half a year, UCLA Linguistics Department).
- Work At Poznań I teach the History of English and, less regularly, other courses that have anything historical or phonological about them. I publish articles on the historical phonology of English, Indo-European linguistics, and phonological theory. I’ve published a book on Old English stress, another one mainly about stress in Modern English, and now it’s perhaps time to fill the gap by writing a grand history of English stress since Anglo-Saxon times. You wouldn’t think such a subject could hold much appeal for anyone, would you? Well, it does for me and a handful of other people the wide world over. Please wait for links to information on my publications and related things.
- Interests Oh, there’s much here. I love all the natural sciences and always do my best to catch up with the latest news. I’m also a fan and conoisseur of mathematics. When I’m not too busy I read a lot, preferably old-fashioned and not-too-experimental fiction, poetry, books about history etc. I don’t mind first-class SF, especially such as written by Stanisław Lem. I like hiking, walking in the woods with my kids and watching wildlife. I draw well and like the visual arts too. Favourite places: old castles, forests, hills, cliffs, lakes, coastal walks. I’m still something of a scout at heart.
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