I am a Senior Lecturer in Linguistics and director of the MSc in English Language and Linguistics at Ulster University in Belfast. I am also an associate investigator at the Australian Research Council’s Centre of Excellence in Cognition and its Disorders.


I did my PhD at Harvard University. My thesis chairs were Gennaro Chierchia, Danny Fox, Irene Heim, and Bernhard Nickel

My research focuses on formal semantics and pragmatics for natural languages, language processing and language acquisition.

My current research interests are presuppositions, scalar implicatures, plurality, free choice,  neg-raising phenomena, assertability constraints, alternatives, conditionals, and scope interactions.

My research has been funded by the British Academy, the Big Lottery Fund, the  Leverhulme Trust and 

You can find my CV here.

I also work on science outreach. Since 2006 I am part of the organization of the National Geographic Science Festival in Rome. Since 2012, I am the scientific director of the Festival together with Vittorio Bo.