I specialize in pragmatics and sociolinguistics, with an emphasis on issues of pragmatic variation and experimental pragmatics. My fieldwork site is Cyprus, where I have conducted extensive research on the use of politeness markers, the interplay between local and standard codes, and processes of language change since the Middle Ages. My research has been funded by the NSF (National Science Foundation), ESF (European Science Foundation), and WUN (Worldwide Universities Network).
In January 2017, I was appointed professor and chair of sociolinguistics at the University of Leiden (Center for Linguistics). I gave my inaugural lecture on 20 April 2018 on the topic of "Language and belonging". Before coming to Leiden, I was based at the University of Illinois where I was also affiliated with the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology. I have held post-doctoral positions at the University of Cambridge Computer Lab and at the British School at Athens in Greece and taught at the Universities of Athens and Cyprus.
Currently, I am Co-Editor in Chief for the Journal of Pragmatics and a member of the Editorial Board of the International Review of Pragmatics, the Journal of Politeness Research, the Journal of Modern Greek Studies, and Lodz Papers in Pragmatics.
Office: P.N. Van Eyckhof 3, room 2.06a
Mailing Address: Leiden University Center for Linguistics (LUCL)
Van Wijkplaats 4
2311 BX Leiden