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 research and 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, including families, educators, health professionals, policy makers, businesses. Bilingualism Matters has recently become a non-profit organisation and has developed a large international network of branches all over the world.
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