I got my Ph.D. from the Department of Linguistics at Cambridge (1991). Since then, I have held appointments at the University of California, San Diego (2002-2012), Cambridge, Oxford, Edinburgh, King's College London and the University of Cyprus (1994-2001). In 2012 I moved to the University of Kent as Professor of Linguistics; from 2012 to 2016 I was also Head of English Language and Linguistics which is part of the School of European Culture and Languages.
My research is best described as Laboratory Phonology: I use experimental research methods to test linguistic models of sound structure. My research on prosody, which has been widely published and cited, has yielded crucial insights into the production, perception and linguistic structure of intonation and has challenged traditional views on the nature of speech rhythm and rhythmic typology. A large part of it has contributed to our knowledge of Greek phonetics and phonology and to aspects of Greek dialectology and sociolinguistic variation. My research has been supported by a number of grants, including grants from the British Academy, the Academy of Korean Studies, and the (US) National Science Foundation. My research is currently supported by two grants, an ERC advanced grant ERC-ADG-835263 titled SPRINT (2019-2024), and a Leverhulme Foundation Major Research Fellowship (MRF-2018-094) on "Politics and linguistic variation in a post-diglossic speech community" (2019-2021).
In 2015 I was elected editor of the Journal of the International Phonetic Association (JIPA) for the period between August 2015 and August 2019. I was previously (2014-2015) co-editor of JIPA together with Adrian Simpson. I also serve on the editorial board of the Journal of Phonetics, Phonology, Journal of Greek Linguistics, and the Studies in Laboratory Phonology series of Language Science Press.
In 2016, I co-organized (with Mariapaola D'Imperio and Tamara Rathcke) and taught in the Aix Summer School on Prosody, which attracted 155 participants from 22 countries. In 2016, Tamara and I also organized TIE 2016, and in 2018 we organized, together with Angelos Lengeris, BAAP 2018.