About me

I am an assistant professor in linguistics at the Department of Romance Philology at the University of Freiburg (Akademischer Rat a.Z.). My research focuses on language in its context of use, mainly in oral communication but also in written media. I am inspired by interactional, cognitive and usage based approaches in linguistics.

My research interests include:

  • Linguistic structure and social interaction
  • Language variation and change
  • Digital humanities, language corpora, corpus technology

My current projects focus on:

  • Knowledge transmission in interaction
  • Pragmatic particles
  • Inferences in interaction and language change
  • Remembering in conversation, fragmented syntax and polyphony


The "Forschungs- und Lehrkorpus gesprochenes Spanisch" will be funded in 2021 by the Studierendenrat of the Albert-Ludwigs-University of Freiburg (Studierendenvorschlagsbudget).

The Aligned Corpus Toolkit is now available on CRAN and GitHub, including a comprehensive manual and an example data set with media files.

On www.body-knowledge.org you will find information on the project "Body knowledge. Multimodal practices for instructing corporeal-performative knowledge in interaction".

My profile on ResearchGate


Upcoming events

Talk: "Demonstrationen als instruktionale Praktik. Analysen zur Vermittlung von verkörpertem Wissen", Forschungskolloquium „Sprache – Interaktion – Lernen“, Vivien Heller, U Wuppertal, January 20, 2021.

Talk: "Imperative im Sprachwandel. Analysen zu dale, ponele und metele im argentinischen Spanisch.", "Aktuelle Themen der romanischen Sprachwissenschaft (Oberseminar)", Inga Henneke & Sarah Dessì Schmid, U Tübingen, January 27, 2021.

Talk: "Challenge me softly: Requests for confirmation as devices for implementing challenging and other disagreement-implicative actions", 17th International Pragmatics Conference (IPrA), U Winterthur, June 27 - July 2, 2021, with Uwe-A. Küttner & Martin Pfeiffer .

Symposium: "Norm, Abweichung, Autorität: Aushandlungsprozesse beim Arbeiten mit und an Sprache(n) in der sozialen Interaktion", Organizers: Oliver Ehmer & Florence Oloff, U Würzburg, September 15-17, 2021. Call For Papers

Events in 2020

Talk: "Requests for confirmation in action formation", 3rd Meeting of the DFG research network 'Interactional Linguistics', U Freiburg, September 23-25, 2020, with Uwe-A. Küttner & Martin Pfeiffer. Network web site

Talk: "Instructing effort. Multimodal practices for making available the 'right amount of effort' in dancing Argentine Tango", Online Workshop, U Linköping, May 27-June 4, 2020, Organizers: Emily Hofstetter and Leelo Keevallik

Talk: "Enseñanza de prácticas corporales. Perspectivas desde la lingüística interaccional", U Nacional de Hurlingham (Argentina), march 5, 2020.

Talk: "Konstruktionen im Kontext. Überlegungen zu einer 'ökologischen' Konstruktionsgrammatik", Workshop Konstruktionsgrammatik 'Under [a] construction [grammar approach] 2', U Regensburg, January 24, 2020.

Workshop: "CARM. Conversation Analytic Role-play Method", Invited scientist: Elizabeth Stokoe (U Loughborough), Ulderup Master Class, Funded by the Dr. Jürgen und Irmgard Ulderup Stiftung and the Verein für Gesprächsforschung e.V., Organizers: Oliver Ehmer, Philipp Freyburger & Florence Oloff, U Freiburg, January 2020, 16-18. Workshop website

Past events

Information about events in 2019.