I am interested in theoretical and computational aspects of natural language and its use, more precisely formal and computational semantics & pragmatics.
Most recently I am interested in how gestures combine with speech and facilitate language learning. I collaborate with Cornelia Ebert on questions of formal gesture semantics and pragmatics and I co-founded cabuu, a startup that aims at providing the most efficient, flexible and entertaining (take a look at this cute robot!) vocabulary learning solution on this planet by implementing insights from gesture and learning research.
I worked on the interaction of presuppositions and information structure where I propose that a procedural explanation along the lines of the mental simulation view of language comprehension is a promising approach. Here's a handout of a recent talk at a workshop in Düsseldorf, 2014.
I am furthermore interested in distributional semantics and attempts to add compositionality to the proposed models. I've implemented some scripts to work with distributional semantic models in MATLAB.
I love music (and producing it in particular)
and I love snowboarding (carving with soft bindings - THAT'S the real thing :-)
and I am a founder and board member of durcheinander e.V.
|2009-2017||Assistant Professor (Akademischer Rat auf Zeit) at the Department of Linguistics of the University of Tübingen|
|2006-2009||Researcher in the project A2 Implicit Common Ground of the SFB 673 Alignment in Communication at the University of Bielefeld.|
|2005-2006||Lecturer and Researcher in the Theoretical Linguistics Group at the Department of Linguistics and Literature Science, University of Bielefeld|
|2001-2005||Part-time Research Assistant in the project Formal Foundations of Constraint-Based Semantics for Natural Language at the Department of Computer Science, King's College London.|
|1996-1999||Student Research Assistant in the projects
|2005||PhD in Computer Science, King's College London. Thesis Formal Investigations of Underspecified Representations; Supervisors: Shalom Lappin, Jonathan Ginzburg|
|2000||Diplom in Maths with side subject Computational Linguistics, University of Heidelberg. Thesis: A Formal Analysis of Case Stacking Languages; Supervisors: Marcus Kracht, Klaus Ambos-Spies|