I am a postdoctoral fellow in the Centre for Advanced Research in Experimental and Applied Linguistics (ARiEAL) at McMaster Univeristy. My current research investigates the development of literacy in ESL students. I collect longitudinal data, including eye movements during reading, standardized cognitive-linguistic assessments, large-scale experimental psycholinguistic studies and measures of academic attainment.

Interests

  • Psycholinguistics
  • Reading acquisition
  • Individual differences
  • Quantitative linguistics
  • Morphology

Education

  • PhD in Cognitive Science of Language, 2016

    McMaster University, Canada

  • MSc in Developmental Linguistics, 2011

    University of Edinburgh, UK

  • BA in English Language and Linguistics, 2010

    York St. John University, UK

Publications

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CompLex: An eye-movement database of compound word reading in English

The CompLex database presents a large-scale collection of eye-movement studies on English compound word processing. A combined total of …

Psycholinguistic Methods and Tasks in Morphology

Lexical representations in an individual mind are not given to direct scrutiny. Thus, in their theorizing of mental representations, …

LADEC: The Large Database of English compounds

The Large Database of English Compounds (LADEC) consists of over 8,000 English words that can be parsed into two constituents that are …

Electrophysiological evidence for the integral nature of tone in Mandarin spoken word recognition

Current models of spoken word recognition have been predominantly based on studies of Indo-European languages. As a result, less is …

A paradox of apparent brainless behavior: The time-course of compound word recognition

A review of the behavioral and neurophysiological estimates of the time-course of compound word recognition brings to light a paradox …

Current Projects

I am currently investigating factors that predict the development of reading proficiency in EFL students enrolled in a pre-university English language bridging program. This work is carried out with Dr. Anna Moro and uses eye-tracking technology, clinical assessments of language skills, and statistical modelling to gain insight into reading development. The results of this research is used to develop interventions aimed at developing language skills that are responsible for breakdowns in reading behavior.

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Teaching

I have taught the following university-level courses at Mcmaster University:

Statistics for Language Research

(2017, 2019, 2020). An introductory course to statistical methods custom-tailored to the needs of language researchers. This course provides an introduction to R, a free software environment for statistical computing and graphics.

Computers and Linguistic Analysis

(2018).This course studies computational tools and techniques of language processing using large electronic collections of texts. Students are trained in basic text-processing, statistical and programming skills using R.

The Art of Leadership

(2017). This course offers senior undergraduate students the opportunity to participate in a learning-centred leadership program, involving peer-to-peer mentoring of students in the MELD program. The course provides up-front and on-going training and development in active leadership and mentorship.

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