I obtained my PhD in Linguistics and Phonetics, have postdoctoral research experience and experience in securing third-party funding (ranging between small 15.000 Euro research grants and 140.000 Euro support). My teaching experience ranges from the BA courses in linguistics to MA and PhD courses in highly specialized topics in the fields of linguistics and cognitive neuroscience.
At the moment I am a research fellow at the Basque Centre for Cognition, Brain and Language, performing independent research along the lines “Speech rhythm and language-specific timing patterns: Implications for language acquisition, language evolution, and language change”, “Metacognition and language acquisition”, and “Neuro-cognitive mechanisms of statistical learning”. I am also teaching the courses “Cognitive Psychology” and “Language Acquisition” within the master programme in cognitive neuroscience and linguistics at the University of the Basque Country.
Before coming to BCBL, I was based in Bielefeld, Germany, funded by the Alexander von Humboldt fellowship for experiences researchers (Stipendium für erfahrene Wissenschaftler) to carry out the project “Development of speech rhythm in first and second language in perception and production”. Prior to receiving the support from the Alexander von Humboldt Stiftung, I had obtained several years of research experience at the following research institutions:
1) the Centre for Research on Bilingualism (Bangor, UK), where I took part in the project “Pitching it differently: Pitch range in perception and production of foreign language” (principle investigator: Prof. Mennen, she has published the results in Studies in Second Language Acquisition) and in the project “Development of timing patterns in first and second language acquisition” (project was supported by the development grant that I received);
2) Ulster University where I participated in the projects: “Adaptation to aphasia: Grammar, Prosody and Interaction” (principle investigator – Catrin Rhys, we reported the results in Clinical Linguistics and Phonetics) and “Bi-directional transfer in L2 acquisition” (principle investigator – Christiane Ulbrich);
3) as a postdoctoral researcher at SISSA, (La Scuola Internazionale Superiore di Studi Avanzati di Trieste, Italia), Cognitive Neuroscience Sector, Laboratory of Language, Cognition and Development, where I joined the ERC project ERC -2010-AdG PASCAL (Processing Activates Specific Constraints for Language Acquisition, Principle investigators: Jacques Mehler and Marina Nespor).