I am a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow in Linguistics. I’m interested in documenting and analysing how people speak and gesture. I currently have two appointments. The first is as an Endangered Languages Documentation Programme Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at SOAS, University of London. The second is as a David Myers Research Fellow at La Trobe University. I am currently based in London.
My research focuses on evidentiality and gesture, with specialisation in Tibeto-Burman languages. This research is underpinned by an interest in critical approaches to language documentation. I have also worked on internet English. My PhD is from the University of Melbourne.
My current project, funded through the Endangered Languages Documentation Programme, is working with the Syuba community of Nepal to document their language, with particular emphasis on narratives and gesture.
I run the generalist linguistics website Superlinguo, co-host the podcast Lingthusiasm with Gretchen McCulloch and write ‘By Lingo’ a regular column for The Big Issue (Australia) about the history of everyday words.