Since August 2015 I have been a senior lecturer in English Language and Linguistics at Anglia Ruskin University, in Cambridge, UK.
Before that, I studied for a degree in Modern Languages (Spanish and French) at the University of Oxford, an MA in Linguistics at the University of York and a PhD at Newcastle University and then worked as a researcher at the Universities of Newcastle, Durham and Cambridge.
I am interested in the structure of language (syntactic theory), how languages vary and how we can model this variation (typology, comparative syntax) and how structure and meaning interact (syntax/semantics interface). I have a particular interest in languages descended from Latin (Romance languages), especially Spanish and Portuguese varieties and in the study of language universals from a variety of perspectives.
In a current project, Sonia Cyrino (UNICAMP) and I are studying causative constructions (I made John cry) in Spanish and Portuguese varieties from a synchronic and diachronic perspective (funded by the British Academy).
I am also working with John Williams (University of Cambridge) on artificial language learning experiments related to case and alignment (funded by a Cambridge Humanities Research Grant).
I am also working on syntactic ergativity in Mayan languages with Jamie Douglas (University of Cambridge) and Rodrigo Ranero (Maryland).
With Marcel Pitteroff (University of Stuttgart), I am currently investigating partial control in French and German.
In collaboration with M. Carmen Parafita Couto and Jeffrey Blokzijl (Leiden University), I am investigating the use of inflected infinitives in Galician and Portuguese.
With Christina Sevdali (Ulster University), I also am investigating finite control in Greek and Romanian.
I am also an external consultant on the ERC-funded project 'Rethinking Comparative Syntax' on which I was previously employed full time. As part of that project, I am currently investigating cross-linguistic variation in ditransitives (with Anders Holmberg & Jenneke van der Wal) and passives (with Ian Roberts).
Other things I am interested in and always thinking about are: subjecthood in Romance languages, word order, extraction restrictions, case and agreement, restructuring and micro-variation across Romance languages.
I'd be very happy to hear from you in you are interested in any of the above projects or if you are a student interested in studying something syntax-related at Anglia Ruskin University.