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I am a language engineer at Nuance Communications. I am interested in how experimental and computational approaches can help us gain new insights into how grammatical knowledge is organised in the mind and into what its nature is.

I have recently 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 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].

MAR 2016

I am now a language engineer at Nuance Communications!

FEB 2016

Dr Jana Häussler and I have just given a talk on the empirical foundations of syntactic theory at Linguistic Evidence in Tübingen. Shoot me a message if you want to have a look at our slides [email me]. We have also organised a workshop for this years AM of the DGfS. Go here for details: [html link].

JAN 2016

I've also added a economic and political blog: [html link]. The first entry here is on the Dutch Disease and the situation in Switzerland today [html link].


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last modified: 18 Sep 2016