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Richard “Dick” Hudson (born 1939) is a British linguist. He has lived in England for most of his life (with three years in New Zealand, 1945-1948). He turned into a linguist via Loughborough Grammar School in Leicestershire (1948-1958), Corpus Christi College, Cambridge (1958-1961) and the School of Oriental and African Studies (PhD, 1961-1964). He worked with Michael Halliday as research assistant on two projects at University College London: on the grammar of scientific English with Rodney Huddleston (1964-1967), and on Linguistics and English Teaching (1967-1970). In 1970, he was appointed lecturer at UCL, where he spent the rest of his working life, mostly in the Department of Phonetics and Linguistics, retiring in 2004. His main research achievement is a general theory of language structure called word grammar, but he has also worked hard to build bridges between academic linguistics and teaching of (and about) language in UK schools.

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