I am a postdoctoral researcher at the Department of Linguistic and Cultural Evolution and a member of the Comparative Oceanic Linguistics (CoOL) group.
My main research interests are language documentation, description and maintenance, Oceanic languages and the languages of Vanuatu in particular, historical linguistics, phonetics and phonology, and linguistic typology. I have been working on the Ahamb language, spoken on Malekula Island, since 2017. Currently I work with data from Ahamb and other related languages with a focus on using comparative methods in identifying patterns in the structures of the languages of Vanuatu based on available published data and newly collected field data. The goal is to document new linguistic data, contribute to existing linguistic and evolutionary theories, and assist the communities of speakers of these endangered languages to maintain and revitalise their traditional knowledge and linguistic competence.
Previously I worked on North Germanic languages (Swedish, Danish, Icelandic, Old Norse), phonetics and phonology and machine translation. I am passionate about cycle touring, high mountains and volcanoes, adventure travel and all things outdoors.