I am a theoretical linguist as well as a fieldworker. I received my PhD in 2015 and am currently employed as a post-doctoral researcher and lecturer at the University of Tübingen. Broadly speaking, I investigate how meaning emerges from the interaction of syntactic structure, lexical information, composition principles and context. I am particularly interested in how far this interaction is subject to crosslinguistic variation, and in the repercussions of this variation for first language acquisition and processing.
Topics I have worked on include the crosslinguistic representation of scalarity in the grammar, the acquisition of comparison constructions, the architecture of tense and modality at Logical Form, as well as the grammar of alternatives.
– “Nominalization as Complementation: The View from Turkish.” Invited talk presenting joint work with my student Işıl Şenel at a workshop on embedding and temporal interpretation at the Institut für deutsche Sprache in Mannheim, February 2018.
– “Language Change in Samoan and the Degree Semantics Parameter.” Presentation at Formal Diachronic Semantics 2, Universität des Saarlandes, Saarbrücken, November 2017.
– “Negative Indefinites and the Degree Equative: A Solution to Penka (2011)’s Puzzle.” Invited talk presenting joint work with Malte Zimmermann at the Department of English Language and Literature, National University of Singapore, September 2017.