I’m a linguist focussing on German morphosyntax in written language (including non-standard written language) as well as the encoding of phonology and morphosyntax in writing. I hold a venia legendi for German Linguistics and Theoretical Linguistics from the Faculty of Language Sciences at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin.
My approach is cognitively oriented, theory-driven, and strongly empirical. I use corpus-linguistic and experimental methods. I also have a strong interest in statistical methods and methods of large-scale data analysis. Furthermore, I’m the principal creator of a suite of very large web corpora (COW), which you can access at webcorpora.org. Finally, I have a strong interest in teaching methodology and the education of future schoolteachers of German, focussing on the role of linguistic knowledge in the acquisition of educated language and register awareness. I have a broad teaching experience (both in German and English) in German Linguistics and English Linguistics as well as General/Theoretical Linguistics and Computational Linguistics.
Starting April 2020, I’ll be working as a researcher in project A04 Situated Syntax of the DFG-funded CRC (SFB) 1412 Register at Humboldt University, Berlin. From 2015 to 2018, I worked on my own DFG-funded project about the grammar on the German web at Freie Universität Berlin. I was visiting professor for German Grammar at Freie Universität Berlin in 2016 and from 2018 to 2019.