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My core research interests span the fields of linguistics, cognitive science and psychology, with a particular focus on the way language is used, learnt and evolves. I adopt a highly multidisciplinary approach, utilising corpus and experimental methodologies in order to produce robust and comprehensive empirical evidence for my research questions. Previously, I have worked on projects that have investigated the cognitive factors underlying language acquisition and evolution, in addition to work on the categorical structure of the human conceptual system.
At the NZILBB, I will be investigating the covariation of linguistic variables within the ONZE corpora, on a Royal Society of New Zealand Marsden Funded project with Kevin Watson, Jen Hay and Lynn Clark.