I am a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Surrey Morphology Group on the ESRC funded project Optimal Categorisation the origin and nature of gender from a psycholinguistic perspective. I am part of an inter-disciplinary team investigating the emergence of grammatical gender from classifiers in Oceanic languages from a pscyhologinguistic perspective.
Previously, I was an ELDP funded Post Doctoral Research Fellow at the University of Newcastle, Australia where I worked on documenting and describing the endangered language Fanbak, spoken in Vanuatu. I have also lectured courses in linguistics at both the University of Surrey and at SOAS, Unviersity of London, and worked as a Post Doctoral Research Associate at the University of Cardiff.
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I am a linguist specialising in the documentation and description of Oceanic languages with a specific focus on the languages of Vanuatu. I have a wide variety of interests in different areas of linguistics:
- nominal categorisation
- language diachrony
- historical linguistics
- Oceanic languages (especially Vanuatu)
- language documentation and description