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I am a language engineer at Nuance Communications. I am interested in the nature of morpho-syntactic knowledge and in modelling it. You can find out more about my academic research in the research section. A high-level description of my engineering work can be found in my CV [html link].

Early 2016, I have finished my DPhil at the University of Oxford, with a focus on experimental syntax and computational linguistics. My supervisors were Prof Mary Dalrymple (Oxford) and Dr Greg Kochanski (Google). The title of my thesis is "Acceptability Judgement Tasks and Grammatical Theory" [html link]. My examiners were Dr Ash Asudeh (Oxford) and Prof Gisbert Fanselow (Potsdam).

Before my DPhil, I have studied Communication Science & Phonetics, General Linguistics, and Philosophy primarily at the University of Bonn. In 2012/2013, I was on a research visit to Stanford University, where Prof Tom Wasow was my sponsor.

A lot of my recent work is with Dr Jana Häussler (now Wuppertal). Head over to the research section for some of our joint work.

By popular demand: Here's the link to the TOST calculator: [html link].


SEP 2017

Hot topics surrounding acceptability judgement tasks
by Dr Jana Häussler and me has been published in the proceedings of Linguistic Evidence 2016. You can find our paper here: [html link]. The complete proceedings can be found here: [html link].

AUG 2017

Dr Jana Häussler and I will give a talk at the workshop Linguistic Intuitions, Evidence, and Expertise in Aarhus, Denmark, in late October. The talk is on Gradience in formal acceptability judgments vs informal introspective judgments.

MAR 2017

"Non-cooperative behaviour and acceptability judgement tasks" by Dr Jana Häussler and me has just been published. You can find it here: [html link]. For their hard work, many thanks to the editors, Hanna Christ, Daniel Klenovšak, Lukas Sönning, and Valentin Werner.

SEP 2016

Here's a blog entry on the understudied phenomenon of e-drop in German compounds: [html link].

AUG 2016

Dr Jana Häussler and I will give a workshop at KogWis 2016 in Bremen, Germany, in late September. Our workshop is on Detecting and discouraging non-cooperative behaviour in online rating tasks. You can find the website to our workshop here: [html link].


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