I am a Reader (Senior Associate Professor) in the School of Psychology at the University of Birmingham (U.K.). I am a psycholinguist, primarily interested in language learning and bilingualism. My current main research focus is on the interplay of language learning and language processing with general cognitive functions.
As part of my work into language learning in children, I am interested in factors that affect word learning. For instance, I have studied the hurdles for the acquisition of words that relate to relations between objects and people, such as verbs and compound nouns (e.g. clocktower or baby bottle).
As part of my bilingualism research, I have studied vocabulary development in bilingual children. But more recently, I am investigating how bilingualism interacts with cognitive control.
Have a look at the Research tab to see what I am up to at the moment.