Hi!

department_picture_editedI’m currently a postdoctoral researcher in the Linguistics Department at McGill University, funded by a Feodor Lynen Fellowship of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. In my research project, supervised by Michael Wagner, I’m investigating the comprehension of Focus-particles in interaction with prosodic factors.

Prior to my postdoc, I graduated from the Linguistics Department at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst with a dissertation on the role of Focus-sensitivity for a typology of presupposition triggers, chaired by Lyn Frazier.

My main research areas are psycholinguistics and semantics/pragmatics, with a focus on discourse processing. Specific topics I am currently working on or am interested in are presuppositions, anaphora, additive particles, discourse particles, discourse coherence and structure, prosody, and adverbials. (You can find brief reviews and materials in the Research section.)

I received both my BA and MA degree in German Linguistics from the University of Tübingen (website only in German) under the supervision of Britta Stolterfoht (again only German). I also worked as a research assistant under her for the research project B8 of the Collaborative Research Center 833, investigating the correlation between position and interpretation of adverbials using experimental methods.

You can find some more personal information in the About Me section.

My CV is linked here. (last update: February 2022)

News
  • 2/15/2022: Two more upcoming presentations at ELM2!
  • 1/25/22: Three poster presentations accepted at HSP 2022: with Michael Wagner on the meaning of the rise-fall-rise contour, with Florian Schwarz on the processing of global and local accommodation, and with Linh Pham and Thuy Bui on reflexives in Vietnamese.
  • 11/15/21: Paper on Focus-sensitivity of presupposition triggers accepted with major revisions at Journal of Semantics!
  • 9/30/20: Thuy Bui and I have received a research grant from Hoa Sen University for a project titled ”A psycholinguistic investigation of context requirements in Vietnamese, English and German”. We plan to conduct experiments investigating presupposition accommodation across these three languages, including a comparison between global and local accommodation, the role of Focus-structure for Focus-sensitive triggers.