I am a research associate at the Chair of Descriptive and Theoretical Linguistics of the University of Tübingen. I am also associated with project C1 “Parametric Variation in the Semantic Component of Grammar” at the Collaborative Research Center 833 (SFB 833).
I recently completed my PhD at the University of Tübingen with the thesis "Comparing Comparatives - New Perspectives from Fieldwork and Processing" that can be found here.
My work is mostly on formal semantics with additional interests in formal syntax and pragmatics. The aim of my research is to gain a deeper understanding of the architecture of language by focusing on cross-linguistic variation and processing. My concrete research interests center around the semantics of degree constructions and alternative semantics. Right now, I am also venturing out into new domains concerning topics of definiteness and quantification in multilinguals.
On the empirical side, I am doing fieldwork on Tundra Nenets, a Samoyedic language spoken, among others, in the Nenets Autonomous Okrug in Russia. I am also conducting experiments on comparison constructions cross-linguistically. What I am particularly intrigued by is the question of how formal semantic theory fares in the light of different kinds of empirical data and what we can learn about grammar by enriching our theory with new insights gained from new data.
You can download my CV here.
News (upcoming and recent):
- accepted talk (via refereed abstract) at the TripleA 8 workshop on June 24th, 2021 in Singapore with the title: About a Metalinguistic Degree Suffix in Tundra Nenets. 4 pm CEST, online via Zoom. Handout Video
- invited talk at the Syntax & Semantic Colloquium on May 4th, 2021 in Potsdam: Degree Modification in Tundra Nenets and Beyond. 4:15 pm CEST, online via Zoom. Slides