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A picture of myself

Oh, hello there :)

I'm a theoretical phonologist who sometimes worries a little too much about melodic representation. I'm currently a Lecturer (Teaching) in Phonetics and Phonology at UCL. My just recently passed PhD is on a (diacritic-free) floating element account of Welsh mutation. I also work on Element Theory (especially laryngeal contrast in nasals, formalism, and the phonetic interface) and on various aspects of Welsh linguistics (quantity, auxiliary deletion, epenthesis). I also teach on a variety of linguistics courses (see my CV).

When I'm not doing linguistics I enjoy writing software, advocating green politics, cycling, theology, exploring the great outdoors, reading Thoreau, carving spoons, cooking, and Tai Chi Chuan. One of my long-standing dreams is to spend a year or two in a little hut by the beach, preferably in Catalonia or South America, wearing a panama hat with a hole, drinking too much cheap rose and writing bad poetry.

Recent news...

  • Feb '21: I've been awarded Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy.
  • Jan '21: James Cottam and I gave a talk on how synchronic and diachronic evidence conspire toward trigger-centricity in Welsh mutation at the Bilbao Morphophonology Circle, University of Deusto.
  • Oct '20: I'm now a Lecturer (Teaching) at UCL.
  • Jun '20: I've been nominated for two Student Choice Awards, in the categories Inspiring Teaching Delivery and Exceptional Feedback.
  • Jan '20: I gave a talk on Nasal Relativism at the workshop on Nasality and laryngeal representations in phonology at the University of Essex
  • Sep '19: Started a new job as a Teaching Fellow in Phonetics and Phonology at UCL.
  • Jul '19: Passed my PhD on Welsh Mutation & Strict Modularity without corrections (post-viva picture).
  • May '19: Presented talks on modularity and the phonology of Welsh Mutation at Atelier de phonologie in Paris and Séminare P3 in Nantes.
  • June '18: Gave a talk about the way Dual Interpretation and Saliency arise from Spell-Out at Elements Nantes
  • May' 18: Presented a talk on Welsh Mutation and the separation of Syntax from Phonology at NAPhCX in Montréal
  • Apr' 18: Gave a talk on Welsh Mutation from a modularist perspective at UConn's LingLunch
  • Sep '17: My new paper Melodic heads, saliency, and strength in voicing and nasality has appeared in Glossa
  • Jul '17: Released a new file set on figshare for my forthcoming paper on isograms in English
  • Jun '17: Been nominated for a Student Choice Teaching Award in the category Outstanding Support for Teaching
  • May '17: Presented on Non-Mutation in Welsh at the 25th Manchester Phonology Meeting
  • Apr '17: Presented on my current work on mutation at the UCL PhD Day
  • Mar '17: Gave an outreach talk based on Universal 20 at the UCL Do Something Different Day