My research is interdisciplinary and experimental and broadly focuses on variation and optionality in speakers with stable and developing language competence. In single-authored work and in collaborative research I have investigated the cognitive aspects of language and language development in a wide range of domains, including the morphosyntactic development in child and adult monolingual and bilingual speakers, the reciprocal effects of bilingualism and general cognition, and gradience at the lexicon-syntax interface in natural language. I have also pioneered and opened the way for the use of new methodologies for the elicitation of acceptability judgments in experimental linguistics.
I am proud of having established the information Centre BILINGUALISM MATTERS as a model of academic public engagement. I strongly believe that researchers have a responsibility to communicate the results of research in an accessible way to the general public. Bilingualism Matters is now having an impact in the Scottish community at different levels: families, schools, health services, policy makers. It has also developed a large network of branches in many European countries.
CURRENT AND RECENT RESEARCH GRANTS