About

headshotI am a Lecturer 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 integrates these data with pioneering linguistic theory alongside traditional Romance scholarship.

Specifically, my PhD investigates the extent to which conversational turn-taking and signposting in dialogue is in some sense ‘hardwired’ into the grammatical core of human language, whereas my research project at Pembroke examines what —beyond geography and genetics— distinguishes the Ibero-Romance branch from other Romance language families, and whether, in fact, we can even talk of an ‘Ibero-Romance’ grammar in terms of these languages’ linguistic properties alone.

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.