Alan Cruttenden was born in Nunhead, London
Emeritus Professor of Phonetics, Department of
Linguistics, University of Manchester
Alan took a degree in English at Oxford and then spent five years working for Oxford University Press, mainly in Africa, where he developed an interest in English language teaching and in the local Bantu languages.He returned to Britain to do postgraduate courses firstly in teaching English as a foreign language (at the University of Wales) and then in phonetics (at University College, London). He later completed his doctorate on intonation at the University of
Manchester. All his academic career has been spent at Manchester. He has published widely on intonation and on child language. He was the Editor (1984-87) and Joint Editor (1987-90) of the Journal of Child Language.