I am a theoretical linguist as well as a fieldworker. I am currently a Lecturer in Linguistics at the University of Manchester and an associated researcher at the Tübingen Collaborative Research Center 833. I was trained at the Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen in Germany (from which I also received my Ph.D. in 2015), the University of Massachusetts, Amherst in the United States, and the University of British Columbia, Vancouver in Canada.

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 haved worked on or am working 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.


What’s New?

– I will be spending part of my 2021-22 2nd semester research leave as a Fellow at the Leibniz-Centre General Linguistics (ZAS) in Berlin. Read their post here!

– Published late 2021: A volume on Polynesian Syntax and Its Interfaces, edited by Lauren Clemens and Diane Massam, with a contribution from me on “Gradability and Modality: A Case Study from Samoan”.

– I received two outstanding staff awards by the Faculty of Humanities for the 2020-21 academic year, the Oustanding Teaching Award and the Outstanding UG Dissertation Supervisor Award. Read the Manchet blog post here!

– Now out in Linguistic Variation: Anna Howell, Vera Hohaus, Polina Berezovskaya, Konstantin Sachs, Julia Braun, Şheriban Durmaz & Sigrid Beck (2021), “(No) Variation in the Grammar of Alternatives”.

– Published in February 2021 in Journal of Semantics: Vera Hohaus & Malte Zimmermann, “Comparisons of Equality With German SO…WIE, and the Relationship Between Degrees and Properties”.

– Check out these two fabulous short stories in Samoan, which are now available through print-on-demand here. Both are based on storyboards from The Fieldwork Hub.