Theoretical descriptions of categories in Halkomelem
Assistant Prof. (2001-2007)
Cross-linguistic variation in categorial inventories
(tense, mass count, D, ...)
Associate Prof. (2007-2014)
The relation between sound, meaning, and categories
Towards A formal typology of categories
The Universal Spine Hypothesis
Full Prof. 2014-2019
The interactional spine hypothesis
Doctor der Philosophie
IDs in Syntax and Discourse.
An analysis of extraposition in German
Why am I a linguist?
When I was in elementary school I loved grammar.
Identifying categories and the function of constituents was a fascinating game to me.
I liked it.
But I didn't know why. And I didn't know that it could ever be a useful thing to do.
I forgot about it, until I took my first linguistics course at the University of Vienna.
I wanted to become an actress but didn't get into the academy. So I decided to study German philology and journalism. That's where I took my first linguistics class
I really liked linguistics.
And I still didn't know what it was that I liked. But it didn't really matter .
I pursued it.
I found syntax.
And I really liked syntax.
I loved drawing trees.
I became a syntactician.
I still love drawing trees.
It doesn't matter why I love it. The important thing is that I do and I'm grateful that I have been able to pursue what I love for more than half my life now.