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PhD in Linguistics

I am specialized in Syntax. The comparative approach to Syntax has always been the trademark of the education I received at the University of Geneva. From September 2005 to June 2006, I had the opportunity to visit New York University in order to receive further training in Semantics.

In march 2008, I defended my Ph.D under the supervision of Genoveva Puskás and Ur Shlonsky. The focus of my dissertation was the relationship(s) between structure and interpretation. More precisely, the aim was to determine how much syntax interacts with semantic systems. In order to do this, I investigated the semantic and syntactic aspects of various quantificational items in French. This study has yielded a new typology of these elements.

In 2009, I spent a year at the Laboratoire de Linguistique Formelle in Paris VII/CNRS 7110, where I collaborated with Cédric Patin in trying to understand the nature of the relationship(s) between wh-phrases (in-situ, ex-situ) and prosody.

In 2010-2012, I worked as a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Geneva on the project "La syntaxe du subjonctif" with Genoveva Puskás and Tomislav Socanac.

I was most recently a post-doctoral researcher at GIST (Universiteit Gent, Belgium), where I held a Swiss National Science Foundation-fellowship with the project investigating the internal structure of complementizers cross-linguistically, in a nano syntactic perspective (2013-2015). I was also working on Liliane Haegeman’s FWO-Odysseus project (Comparative syntax. Layers of structure and the cartography project), at GIST (Universiteit Gent, Belgium, 2016).

I am currently working as post-doctorant Assistant at the Romanisches Seminar with Prof. Elisabeth Stark.