School of Humanities and Social Sciences
Livesey House, LH114
+44 (0) 1772 89 6404
Subject Areas: English and Linguistics
Daniel's research, teaching, and supervision interests lie in the field of psycholinguistics: How exactly do we understand and use language, and how do expectations and experience affect these processes? Daniel also works on methodological questions, such as statistical tests for different types of data, modifying established research methods so they can be used with participant groups like children or people with disabilities, and open-source research technology.
In researching the acquisition of the English dative alternation (the phenomenon that speakers can choose between structures like "Rick gave Kate a coffee" and structures like "Rick gave a coffee to Kate" for may ditransitive verbs), Daniel. This choice appears to be driven by multiple factors as soon as children start using both structures, which supports an emerging consensus that the same factors affect these types of choices in different times, structures, even languages. Daniel's research and teaching are informed by this: he is interested in answering complex and fundamental questions with tools (experiments, statistics) that are as complex as they need to be, but not more so. Creative ideas of doing so can come from well-established researchers just as well as from students, and so Daniel believes it is important to teach recent and empirically-founded results and to involve students in research – from having research projects as part of assessment to the annual Undergraduate Research Internship scheme.
Member of the Linguistic Society of New Zealand
Current research interests and projects include the production and perception of small pronunciation contrasts (in coarticulation, or to differentiate supposedly homophonous morphemes or words) and cues to age in speakers' voices.