MA, MPhil, PhD (Cambridge)

Academic background

After a degree in Modern Languages at Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge, I completed Masters and Doctoral degrees in Linguistics at the same University. After teaching jobs at the Universities of Salford and Nottingham, I moved to Oxford in 1986, taking up my current position in 1989.

Undergraduate teaching

I teach French language; Synchronic French linguistics; History of French; General Linguistics; and Phonetics and Phonology.

Research interests

My research focuses on the acquisition of speech, speech perception, prosody, bilingualism, and sound change.

Featured publications

'Convergence in the brain; the leakiness of bilinguals' sound systems.' In Jones, Mari and Edith Esch, ed. (2002) Language Change: The Interplay of Internal, External and Extra-Linguistic Factors, Mouton de Gruyter, Contributions to the Sociology of Language 86

'Cross-Linguistic study of the effect of suprasegmental features conditioning the development of nasal vowels' (2003: with John Hajek). Proceedings of the International Congress of Phonetic Sciences, Barcelona

Other interests and activities

I enjoy walking, running, and talking (especially in French and German).