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I was born in Preston, Lancashire, UK in 1974. After completing A-levels in French, German and Music, I moved to the North East where I received a BA in French and German from Newcastle University in 1998 and a MA in Language Acquisition from Durham University in 2000. As part of my studies, I spent time teaching English in France (Lézignan-Corbières) and Germany (Mönchengladbach). I started my doctoral studies at Durham but after a short stay at Utrecht institute of Linguistics in 2001 as a junior Marie Curie fellow, I went on to complete my PhD, a comparative investigation of adult and child second language acquisition, in the Netherlands (Utrecht University, 2005). My PhD dissertation was shortlisted for the Linguistic Society of the Netherlands’ dissertation of the year in 2006, and in 2009 I was awarded the Keetje Hodshon prize by the Royal Holland Society of Sciences and Humanities for the best dissertation in linguistics in the preceding five years. From 2005 to 2008 I held teaching positions at Utrecht University and Leiden University, and in 2008 I received a VENI grant from the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) for a project investigating the role of age and input in early child bilingualism; from 2008 to 2010, I combined this with a post-doc position at the Meertens Institute (Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences) in Amsterdam. From 2008 to 2013 I was Assistant Professor in the Department of English Language and Culture at Utrecht University. In 2014 I moved to Radboud University Nijmegen, where I am currently Associate Professor of Second Language Acquisition in the Department of English Language and Culture and the Department of Linguistics, and co-PI of the research group Cognitive and Developmental Aspects of Multilingualism, together with Ton Dijkstra. I am a member of the Executive Committee of IASCL (International Association for the Study of Child Language) and an associate member of the Centre for Literacy and Multilingualism at the University of Reading. From 2012 to 2015, I was member of the Editorial Board of Second Language Research. I am currently co-Executive Editor of the journal Linguistic Approaches to Bilingualism(until end of 2017). In 2016, I was awarded a VIDI grant from the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) for a project investigating crosslinguistic influence in bilingual acquisition, and I also became a Research Fellow at the Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour.