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: "Gemeinsam Instruieren. Interpersonale Koordination beim Co-Teaching von Körperwissen", Linguistisches Forschungskolloquium, Organizer: Karin Birkner, April 20, 2021, U Bayreuth.

Talk: "What embodied interaction might reveal about grammar", Language and Communication. The state of the art (Lecture series), Organizers: Uta Reinöl & Stefan Pfänder, May 6, 2021, U Freiburg.

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

Symposium: "Norm, Abweichung, Autorität: Aushandlungsprozesse in der sozialen Interaktion", Organizers: Oliver Ehmer, Florence Oloff & Karola Pitsch, September 15-17, 2021, U Würzburg. Conference website, Call for papers

Talk: "t.b.a.", 4rd Meeting of the DFG research network 'Interactional Linguistics', September 22-24, 2021, U Münster. Network website

Talk: "Grammatik und Positionierung in der Interaktion. Analysen am Beispiel der Konstruktion es gibt Leute, die X im Sprachvergleich", Positionierung in Interaktion, Diskurs und Forschungspraxis, 6. Innsbrucker Winterschool, Organizers: Claudia Bucheli Berger, Monika Dannerer & Heike Ortner, Novmeber 11–13, 2021, Universitätszentrum Obergurgl, U Innsbruck (Austria). website

Past events in 2021

Talk: "Imperative im Sprachwandel", "Aktuelle Themen der romanischen Sprachwissenschaft (Oberseminar)", Organizers: Inga Henneke & Sarah Dessì Schmid, U Tübingen, January 27, 2021.

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

Information about earlier events.