I am interested in documenting and analysing how people speak and gesture. My current research focus is the cross-cultural variation in gesture use. I also have a research specialisation in Tibeto-Burman languages. This research is underpinned by an interest in critical approaches to linguistic data. I also work on constructed languages, communicating linguistics to a general audience and the use of emoji.

I co-host the podcast Lingthusiasm with Gretchen McCulloch and run the generalist linguistics website Superlinguo. I also write ‘By Lingo’ a regular column for The Big Issue (Australia) about the history of everyday words.

I am currently a Senior Lecturer at La Trobe University. My PhD is from the University of Melbourne, and I have held research fellowships at NTU Singapore (2014-2015), SOAS (2015-2017) and La Trobe University (2017-2019).