Normal/clinical aging and linguistics
An aging population is one of the most foremost phenomena of our time, yet most studies of linguistics consider a young (student) population in their sample. With increased age, working memory capacity and quality generally declines, although greater experience and discourse fluency also develop. I am interested in what way working memory limitations affect language abilities, and specifically the comprehension of complex syntax.
Bilingualism and cognition
Bilingualism appears to be the norm rather than the exception. Nevertheless, the vast majority of linguistic research concerns English-speaking monolingual populations. I am intensely interested in similarities and differences between monolinguals and bilinguals on a cognitive level, including whether bilinguals show advantages in executive function or exhibit different neural activation patterns.
As a psycholinguist I adapt psychological tools to investigate linguistic phenomena. Language has often been studied in irreplicable, non-generalisable ways and one of my main interests is the generation of statistically valid, reliable research that can be robustly considered as generalisable to wider populations. To this end, I work with behavioural measures as well as EEGs and apply rigorous statistical modelling to my data.