I am a linguist by background who specialises in historical linguistics, the effects of language contact, new varieties of English, mixed languages, and variation in the world's languages. My linguistic research has been mainly concentrated on the Pacific and Australia. I have worked on large collaborative anthropological/historical/linguistics projects such as the Australian Kinship project (AustKin), mapping variation in kinship terms in Aboriginal Australia.
I am especially interested in the use of new computational and digital methods for investigating language variation and change. My own research includes work with databases, digitalisation of archival materials, simulation and virtual reality.