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.
– “Q-Verbs in Samoan and the Syntax-Semantics Interface.” Invited talk at the Workshop on the Syntax of Polynesian Languages at the University of Toronto, June 2018.
– “Vague Predicates, Crisp Judgments.” Presenting joint work with Amy Rose Deal at Semantics of Under-Represented Languages in the Americas 10 at the University of Toronto, April 2018.
– “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.