Short Intro

I completed my PhD in Linguistics in September 2017 at the University of California, San Diego. I'm currently a Teaching Fellow in Spanish Linguistics in the School of Modern Languages at Newcastle University in the UK.

My research concerns language change in morphosyntax and the relationship between variation, language acquisition and change. In particular, I'm interested in the role that language acquisition plays in the shift from (stable) variation to language change. Some of the larger questions I address in my research are:

(1) Where/ How does variation originate?

(2) How can stable variation be distinguished from language change in progress?

(3) How do children acquire grammatical features that are variable in the input?

(4) What role does language acquisition play in tipping the scale from variation to change?

(5) What can variation and change tell us about the architecture of Grammar?

To address these questions I rely on corpora and experimental methods.

When I'm not working on linguistic stuff, you can most likely find me at the gym or eating icecream!