Welcome to my Page,
I'm Roland, post doctorand in Linguistics and researcher and lecturer at the University of Tübingen, Germany.
I'm working in the department for General Linguistics (Allgemeine Sprachwissenschaft) and in the project "EVOLAEMP: Language Evolution
- the Empirical Turn".
My research interests are particularly turning on the task to apply mathematical methods (e.g. Game Theory, Network Theory, methods from Bioinformatics)
to model and analyze linguistic phenomena. Here is a small selection of my research topics:
- Phenomena in Language Evolution (via Evolutionary Game Theory, especially in combination with Signaling Games)
- Phenomena in Historical Linguistics/Language Change (via methods from Bioinformatics e.g. to reconstruct language family trees)
- Phenomena in Sociolinguistics (e.g. via Simulations of Language Games on Social Network)
- Phenomena in Pragmatics (Modelling of Agents' Rational Deliberation Processes for Communication Situations)
"Conventions are like fires: under favourable conditions, a sufficient concentration of heat spreads and perpetuates itself.
The nature of the fire does not depend on the original source of heat.
Matches may be the best fire starters, but that is no reason to think of fires started otherwise as any the less fires."
"A language is a dialect with an army and navy"