Hello! I am Professor of Linguistics and Cognitive Science at Lancaster University, where I also serve as Director of Internationalization at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.
I am also Distinguished International Professor at the LEAD Graduate School, University of Tübingen, and Director of the Heritage Language Consortium, a strategic partnership that brings together six leading universities and the Portuguese Ministry of Foreign Affairs. I also coordinate the NOVA Lancaster partnership and the SLLAT Research Group.
I received my PhD from the University of Cambridge and my BA from the University of Lisbon. Prior to joining Lancaster, I taught at Georgetown University, Harvard University, the University of California, Santa Barbara, and the University of Göttingen. I also enjoyed spending a semester as a Visiting Researcher at the University of Auckland.
I am interested in the cognitive and neural basis of language, i.e. I study how the mind/brain acquires and processes language(s). I am particularly interested in implicit learning, statistical learning, and bilingual cognition. We run psycholinguistic experiments to address questions such as the following:
- What makes some of us particularly good at learning languages?
- Does age make a difference in language learning?
- How do we measure implicit (unconscious) and explicit (conscious) knowledge?
- What is the nature of the learning mechanism that underpins language acquistion?
- What are the cognitive advantages of speaking more than one language?
- Is there any point in teaching explicit grammar rules or is this just a waste of time?