I'm a cognitive scientist who studies and writes about language and communication.
How can people learn a second language in adulthood?
What makes cross-cultural communication difficult?
How does our language ability change as we get older?
My first three books examined these questions. I wrote them with a former student who now works as a diplomat for the U.S. Department of State.
My most recently published book, about irony and sarcasm, was released by MIT Press in 2020.
A new book, about the causes and consequences of miscommunication, is in press at Prometheus Books.