With Anna Coddington at our MA graduation, Auckland Town Hall, 2005
I am a Romanian born New Zealander, working as a senior lecturer in linguistics, at the University of
Waikato. Click here to view my CV. Areas I work on include: Māori loanwords,
language evolution, cognitive grammar, corpus linguistics, Romanian linguistics.
3 QUIRKY FACTS ABOUT ME
I have Erdös number 2 from a joint paper with Prof. Solomon Marcus.
I am left-handed. In 2005, I completed the full length Auckland marathon in 4 hours 2 minutes.
PAST RESEARCH POSITIONS
2011 (Oct-Dec) – Visiting Researcher, Department of Linguistics, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig, Germany.
2008-2012. NZ FRST postodoctoral fellow, University of Reading, UK, in Mark Pagel's evolutionary biology group
2007-2008. Researcher in Linguistics, University of Auckland, NZ
2008. Researcher in the Department of Psychology, University of Auckland, NZ, for the Austronesian Database Language, under the guidance of Prof. Russell Gray
2007-2008. Researcher in the Centre for Pacific Studies, University of Auckland, NZ, on the grammar and dictionary project for Takuu language, under the guidance of Prof. Richard Moyle.
2000-2001. Research Assistant, Mathematics Department, The University of Auckland, Auckland, NZ.
SERVICES TO THE SCIENCE COMMUNITY
2016, Volunteer marker for the New Zealand Linguistics Olympiad
2014-current, proof-reader for Language Science Press
2016-current, Editor Board for International Journal of Language Studies
2009-current, Editor Board for International Journal of Linguistics
2014, organising committee for the New Zealand Language and Society Conference, University of Waikato, NZ
2013, PhD Examiner, University of Auckland thesis "Conditional Constructions in the Manchu Language" completed by Arthur Chen
2011-2012, STEM Ambassador. Outreach as part of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Network, UK
2012, organising committee for the 13th Biannual Language and Society Conference of New Zealand, University of Auckland, NZ
2012, organising committee for the Asia-Pacific Corpus Linguistics Conference, University of Auckland, NZ
2011, volunteer for the UK Linguistics Olympiad, UK
2004-2008, Linguistics Seminar Series organiser, DALSL, University of Auckland, NZ
I have refereed papers for the Constructional Approaches to Languages volume, Folia Linguistica, Journal of Historical Linguistics, Canadian Journal of Linguistics, Complexity, International Journal of Linguistics, and Proceedings of the Royal Society B
I regularly referee abstracts for various LAGB Annual conferences (2012, 2014, 2015, 2016) and various New Zealand Linguistics Society conferences (2014, 2015).
SERVICES TO THE WIDER COMMUNITY
Volunteer for the Red Cross as a Meals on Wheels driver, NZ, (2007)
Volunteer for Trade Aid as shop assistant in Botany Downs Shopping Center, Botany Downs, NZ, (2003-2004)
Volunteer for the The City Mission, NZ, (2002)
Regular blood donor (every three/four months), in NZ (1995-2008) & the UK; (2008-2012)