I am interested in documenting and analysing how people speak and gesture. I am currently a Lecturer at La Trobe University.

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 uses existing documentation of Tibetan languages spoken in Nepal to better understand their linguistic and social relationship. This project will include Syuba, Yolmo and Langtangpa and look at gesture, evidentiality, phonetics and songs.

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.