"Ryght reuerent and wurschypfull and my ryght welebeloued Voluntyne, I recommande me vnto yowe full hertely, desyring to here of yowr welefare, whech I beseche Almyghty God long for to preserve vnto hys plesure and yowr hertys desyre."

Margery Paston to John Paston III, England, 1477

"Lol. Happy Valentine's Day, sweetie. 💖💋"

@cherokee_autumn to @smartassicus, Twitter, 2017


I'm a PhD candidate at the University of Edinburgh
and a member of the CDT in Data Science
where I'm supervised by Sharon Goldwater and Walid Magdy.

Working with terabytes of Twitter data and historical corpora
that can fit on a floppy disk, I investigate how language is used,
how it varies between people and how this all changes across time.


I completed my MSc at the University of Edinburgh.

I took part in a data study group at the Alan Turing Institute,
helping an NHS Trust to predict emergency admissions.


I worked in the developmental psychology labs at
both Edinburgh and Harvard, focusing on eye-tracking studies.

I spent a summer at TAB, working on categorisation and recommendation systems.

I completed my BA in linguistics at the University of Cambridge, where my
dissertation supervisor was Paula Buttery.


Anything to do with historical spelling variation, the psychology of language processing, language use and variation.


Dissertations etc.

Bachelor's dissertation

Master's thesis


How do children learn to avoid referential ambiguity? Insights from eye-tracking

The importance of awareness for understanding language

Code, posters, misc.

Emoji extractor

iPad experiments

Referential ambiguity

Deep learning for historical text normalisation


A mostly up-to-date copy of my CV can be found here.