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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].


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].

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].


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last modified: 7 Mar 2017