About me

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I’m a cognitive linguist working towards a greater understanding of how we use language to communicate using linguistic structure and our bodies. I do this across a wide range of interactional settings, genres and varieties.

I am completing my PhD in the Linguistics Department at the University of Alberta with Dr. Sally Rice.

My research on language centres on communication in interaction. What are the structures that people choose to communicate, and what effect do these structures have on the intended message? I look at this from the perspective of structures in speech – like grammatical choices in verb marking, lexical choices, fixed expressions, and also look at how people use their bodies – gestures, head movements, shrugs, etc. I’m especially interested in how these streams together express abstract conceptual notions – like event structure, stance, and negation. I work with multimodal corpus data, text corpora, 3D motion capture data, and experimental methods.

I’m honoured to have been selected as a Killam Laureate at the University of Alberta in 2018. I also acknowledge the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) for their support of my studies. 

I’m very fortunate to work with many excellent colleagues:

Little Red Hen Distributed Learning Lab, UCLA and other networked universities
Natural Media Lab at the RWTH Aachen, Germany
Data Management and Data Exploration Group, RTWH Aachen, Germany
Berkeley Gesture and Modality Group, UC Berkeley