I am a young linguist excited about the beauty and dignity of languages across the globe.

After a first glimpse at linguistics at the University of Konstanz in Germany, I truly discovered my passion for languages during an exchange year at Adelaide University in Australia. Ultimately, this led me to taking up a PhD position at Manchester in the UK in 2008 which I finished in April 2012. I am currently at the University of Chicago where I took up a a post-doctoral fellowship position funded by the Endangered Languages Documentation Programme (ELDP) - Documenting MalakMalak, an endangered language of Northern Australia, in August 2012. Since August 2014, I have been a postdoctoral scholar and lecturer for Linguistic Typology at the University of Chicago funded by the National Science Foundation in the project Understanding spatial determiners, complex predicates, and case-marking through traditional narratives in endangered languages

I am mostly interested in Australian Languages and Linguistics, in particular Jaminjungand Ngaliwurru, Kriol, MalakMalak and Matngele. I investigate the semantics of space and motion descriptions, complex predicate constructions, and verbal and nominal classification systems. I also work on linguistic narrative structure of Aboriginal Dreamtime stories. Finally, I am devoted to language documentation and description, because I believe that the languages of the world hold invaluable treasures to understanding human culture and mind and as such should be documented, treasured, and preserved for generations to come.

I am currently involved in the Language in Time and Space research group at the University of Chicago together with Lenore Grenoble.


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