My research focuses on how children and adults learn and use language, and how languages evolve in response to the biases we bring to bear during interaction and learning. In particular,
I am interested in how our ability to communicate through different modalities (i.e. speech, gesture, facial expressions) can facilitate learning and affect the types of linguistic structures we use.
I use both experimental and observational data in my research, including online experiments, corpus analysis and secondary data analysis to answer questions about human behaviour.
Currently, I am a postdoctoral researcher in the Centre for Language Evolution at the University of Edinburgh.
When I'm not doing research, I enjoy swimming, sewing and making tiny cakes.