I am a Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in Modern Languages at the University of Birmingham, specialising in comparative Ibero-Romance linguistics, morphosyntax and dialectology. I was previously a Drapers’ Company Research Fellow and Director of Studies for Spanish & Portuguese (MML) at Pembroke College, University of Cambridge, and a College Lecturer at Exeter, Jesus and Trinity Colleges, University of Oxford.
My PhD was funded by a Leslie Wilson Research Scholarship at Magdalene College, Cambridge, where I was also a Bye-Fellow in Linguistics (2015-16). Prior to my PhD, I completed an MPhil (with Distinction) in Linguistics at King’s College, Cambridge (2012) and a master’s degree (with honours’ matriculation) in Secondary Language Teaching and Further Education at the University of León, Spain (2011), before which I graduated with a double first in Modern and Medieval Languages from St Catharine’s College, Cambridge (2010).
I specialise in comparative Ibero-Romance linguistics and dialectology, with a focus on the morphosyntactic variation of Spanish, Portuguese, Galician, Catalan and other understudied Romance varieties which descend from the Latin as originally spoken in the Iberian Peninsula. My research documents the grammatical patterns of these languages, and asks what the structural differences between these closely-related languages can reveal about the mental representation of grammar.
I am also involved in various projects to do with the promotion and implementation of linguistics in schools. I am project lead for Spanish on the multi-institutional Linguistics in MFL project, whose goal is to introduce a Linguistics ‘content’ component in Modern Languages at Key Stage 5 (A levels) in UK schools. I also founded, alongside Anna Pineda, Suzi Loosen and Ian Connally, the Linguistics in Schools Transatlantic Educational Network (LISTEN!) initiative, a network of educators working in schools and universities across Europe and the USA with an interest in developing Linguistics-oriented curricula and resources for primary/secondary (K-12) schools.
Si hablas una lengua/habla que procede de la Península Ibérica, sobre todo si no tiene estatus oficial o está amenazada, por favor, documenta tu lengua aquí.