My research program focuses on phonology and second language acquisition, more specifically on stress and prosody, and how subtle patterns in language can be acquired by speakers and second language learners. My doctoral thesis explored how syllable weight impacts word stress, and how native speakers acquire and generalize stress patterns present in their language.

I’m the author of Data visualization and analysis in second language research, a book focused on statistical methods applied to second language acquisition data using R. Quantitative methods play a central role in my research program, given my interest in subtle linguistic patterns.

I am also involved in two projects as a member of the Second Language Acquisition Group in the Department of Linguistics at McGill: a) high vowel deletion in Québec French (with Natália B. Guzzo and Heather Goad); b) prosodic influence in pronoun interpretation in Italian (with Heather Goad, Lydia White and colleagues); c) the perception of affrication and aspiration in English-L2 (with Natália B. Guzzo).

Below you can access my full CV as well as some selected publications and conference presentations. All of my publications are open access via pre-prints on OSF .

Main projects in progress
  • Talian corpus (Brazilian Veneto; with Natália B. Guzzo)
  • Lexical access and stress in Portuguese (with Natália B. Guzzo)
  • Metrical feet in English and Portuguese (with Heather Goad)
  • L3 acquisition of Portuguese [Mandarin L1 English L2] (with Chao Zhou)
  • Rhythmic patterns and the relationship of durational ratios and phonological weight

Virtually all of my publications, including conference presentations (posters and slides), can be accessed from my CV in PDF format.

PhD thesis

Selected publications


Journal articles

Proceedings and chapters

Selected Peer-Reviewed Conference Presentations

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