I am a full professor of Romance Linguistics at the Institut für Linguistik/Romanistik at the University of Stuttgart, Germany, since 2000. I studied French, English, and Italian, graduated at the University of Erlangen/Nürnberg, wrote my doctoral dissertation in Romance linguistics at the University of Stuttgart and my Habilitation thesis at the University of Cologne.

I work on Romance linguistics, in particular on French and Italian. My current research is  focused on lexical semantics and language contact, in synchrony and diachrony. I use computational and corpus linguistic methods and tools and develop resources for French and Italian (and, more recently, for Medieval Sardinian).