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

I received my Phd from the Department of Linguistics at Harvard University.

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 inferences,  Neg-raising phenomena, Assertability constraints, Conditionals, and Scope interactions.

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My research has been supported by British Academy, the Big Lottery fund, and Leverhulme Trust. More details about the Leverhulme Trust funded project “Pluralised mass nouns as a window into language variation,” can be found here.

You can find my CV here.

I also work on science outreach and 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.