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IMG_2633Hello! 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?
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