I received a B.A. with First Class Honours in Linguistics from McGill University in 2007, and completed a Ph.D in Linguistics at the University of Edinburgh in 2012. Having done various teaching at Edinburgh and Aberdeen during my time as a postgraduate and after, I became a Lecturer in Linguistics at Aberdeen in autumn 2013.
I do research in theoretical syntax; my doctoral dissertation looked at restrictions on the syntactic distribution of adverbs, and I won the Richard M. Hogg Prize in 2013 for a paper on this topic. I work as well on morphosyntactic variation, which speaks to the importance of using evidence from ‘Non-Standard’ linguistic varieties to enrich our understanding of syntactic structure. To this effect, I published a chapter on constructions such as The car needs washed, used in Scotland and the American Midlands, in 2014. More recently I have been collaborating with colleagues in Computing Science on optimising Internet-based collection of grammaticality judgments (see here and here for some discussion). I also have a strong personal interest in first language acquisition.
My book English Syntax: A Minimalist Account of Structure and Variation is now available from Edinburgh University Press.
I am currently accepting PhDs in Linguistics.
Please get in touch if you would like to discuss your research ideas further.
In the 2021–2022 academic year I will be coordinator for the courses listed above.
Non-course Teaching Responsibilities
I am Undergraduate Programme Coordinator for Language & Linguistics. I am also a personal tutor in the School of Language, Literature, Music and Visual Culture.
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A Knowledge Graph Based Approach to Social Science SurveysData Intelligence, vol. 3, no. 4, pp. 477–506Contributions to Journals: Articles
Knowledge-Driven Intelligent Survey Systems Towards Open ScienceNew Generation Computing, vol. 38, no. 3, pp. 397-421Contributions to Journals: Articles
A Dynamic and Informative Intelligent Survey System based on Knowledge GraphChapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Conference Proceedings
Knowledge Driven Intelligent Survey Systems for LinguistsChapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Conference Proceedings
This syntax needs studiedMicro-Syntactic Variation in North American English. Zanuttini, R., Horn, L. R. (eds.). Oxford University Press, pp. 242-268, 27 pagesChapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Chapters