I am a Professor of English Language and Linguistics at Radboud University in the Netherlands. I got my Ph.D. from the Department of Linguistics at Cambridge in 1991. Since then, I have held appointments at the University of Kent (2012-2020), where I was Head of English Language and Linguistics from 2012 to 2016, the University of California, San Diego (2002-2012), Cambridge, Oxford, Edinburgh, King's College London and the University of Cyprus (1994-2001).
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 an ERC advanced grant ERC-ADG-835263 titled SPRINT (2019-2024). While at the University of Kent I also held a Leverhulme Foundation Major Research Fellowship (MRF-2018-094) on "Politics and linguistic variation in a post-diglossic speech community" (2019-2021); at Radboud I continue the research funded by the Leverhulme fellowship thanks to a Mohrmann Grant.
I currently serve on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Phonetics, Phonology, Journal of Greek Linguistics, Languages, and the Studies in Laboratory Phonology series of Language Science Press, and on the Scientific Committee of the Journal of Experimental Phonetics. Between 2015 and 2019, I was editor of the Journal of the International Phonetic Association on which I had previously (2014-2015) served as co-editor with Adrian Simpson.