do what you feel you need to do, not what the current establishment recommends

Distrust anyone who has had pure research positions career-long; their knowledge and understanding is likely to be confined (that is to say, spotty)

don’t ask questions, just make statements … A question invites a simple ‘no’ as answer. A statement requires a reasoned response, and it was scarcely ever negative

It’s my firm opinion that statistical methods have a very minor role to play in linguistics at its present state of development

Never have I got anything – or tried to get anything – other than on my own merit. The whole concept of patronage or favouritism is anathema

The blandest fool can get a couple of prominent people to write a few sweet words

Bob Dixon