My main interest is in the L1 acquisition of Tagalog, one of the major languages of the Philippines. I use corpus data analysis and psycholinguistic methods like eye-tracking to investigate how children process sentences on-line and how they acquire their ambient language. My current project is on thematic role assignment and word order preference in Tagalog.
I had previously worked in Manila, Philippines as a speech-language pathologist for children with special needs, before I took graduate studies in Clinical Linguistics at the Universities of Potsdam, Groningen, and Eastern Finland. I received my PhD in Cognitive Science under the joint programme, International Doctorate for Experimental Approaches to Language and Brain (IDEALAB), from the Universities of Potsdam, Groningen, Trento, Newcastle, and Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia.