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. Before coming to Ulster, I was postdoctoral fellow in the Cognitive Science Department at Macquarie University in Sydney.
I am currently on research leave until January 2019 and I will be visiting ZAS in Berlin, the University of Oxford, and Macquarie University in Sydney.
My research is interdisciplinary, situated at the intersection between Linguistics, Philosophy of language and Psycholinguistics, focusing on the study of meaning and how it interfaces with linguistic knowledge and general cognition. I fully integrate theoretical and experimental perspectives, working on theoretical models and testing their fine-grained predictions with different psycholinguistic methods in different populations and languages.
My research has been funded by the Leverhulme Trust, the British Academy, the Big Lottery Fund and Xprag.de. You can find my CV here.
I also work on public outreach and engagement. Since 2006, I am part of the organization of the National Geographic Science Festival in Rome. Since 2012, I am the Director of the Festival together with Vittorio Bo.