I am a Lecturer in Linguistics in the Department of Language and Linguistics at the University of Essex.
I am interested in linguistic variation, particularly how and why languages change. My research explores syntax, the Bantu languages, morphosyntactic variation, language contact and change, and urban youth languages
Prior to joining Essex, I was a postdoctoral researcher at Osaka University, supported by the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science and a British Academy Postdoctoral Research Fellow at SOAS, University of London. I was also previous a Visiting Professor at Ghent University, and am currently a Research Associate of the University of the Free State, South Africa.