I am a linguist and a fieldworker. I am currently an Assistant Professor in Linguistics at Trinity College Dublin – The University of Dublin.
My research program is concerned with synchronic and diachronic Romance variation (especially Italo-Romance varieties) and how it challenges and refines the generative theory of language. I seek to integrate methods from both traditional Romance philology and modern syntactic theory, bringing them to bear on hand-collected data from closely related Romance varieties. I am particularly interested in microvariation and its significance for the study of the intersection between syntax and pragmatics; so much of my work focuses on nominal and clausal left-peripheral discourse phenomena such as matrix/embedded complementation, presentative particles, and discourse deixis.
Recently, I have focused on the pragmatico-syntactic contribution of gestures in southern Italy. This project was awarded a Research Incentive Scheme Award funded by the Trinity Long Room Hub Arts and Humanities Research Institute and a Provost’s PhD Project Award funded by Trinity College Dublin.