“I am among those who think that science has great beauty.”
Marie Curie (1867-1934)
I am a linguist and since October 2015 a lecturer and postdoctoral researcher at the University of Osnabrück’s Institute for Romance and Latin Studies. Before my present appointment I worked at the University of Hamburg’s Multilingualism Collaborative Research Centre on a project exploring the Intonation of Argentinean Spanish (2008-2011), was appointed to the Institute for Romance Languages and Literature at the same university (2011-2014), obtaining my a PhD in 2014, and then spent a year at the Institute of Romance Studies at the University of Cologne (2014-2015).
Linguistics, and science in general, would not exist without questions, and the following questions in particular inform and drive my research and teaching: What are the components of human language? How do languages vary and what intra-linguistic and extra-linguistic factors influence or limit this variation? What do languages sound like? How do their sounds change over time and why? How do languages in contact situations influence each other? How do new languages arise and why do they die out? How do babies and children learn a language? Why do we make errors when we speak a foreign language? What does it mean to have a foreign accent? And many more. (see also here)