I work primarily in prosodic phonology, focussing on suprasegmental phenomena such as stress, rhythm and intonation, as well as the syntax-phonology interface. I have a special interest in the prosodic properties of spoken Arabic dialects and under-researched varieties of English (from Mirpuri to Middlesbrough). I also work on second language acquisition of phonology (aka pronunciation).

I studied Arabic and French at the University of Leeds, then, after a period teaching English as a Foreign Language in the Middle East (amongst other things), gained my MA and PhD in Linguistics at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London.

Current projects include the Intonational Variation in Arabic project.