I am a Senior Lecturer in Linguistics and Director of the Master 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 in Sydney and Honorary Associate Professor at UCL in London. Before coming to Ulster, I was a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Cognitive Science Department at 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.
From September 2019, I will be working on a project investigating theories of alternatives for implicatures computation, funded by the Leverhulme Trust, in collaboration with Richard Breheny, Nathan Klinedinst, Yasutada Sudo and Paul Marty.
I am organising a workshop on Asymmetries in Language: Presuppositions and beyond, with Florian Schwarz, Matthew Mandelkern, and Uli Sauerland, to be held at the Leibniz-ZAS centre in Berlin, 1-3 July 2019. Details and call for papers to be found 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.