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I am a linguist and since October 2015 a lecturer and postdoctoral researcher at the Osnabrück’s University 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)


EDUCATION

18.12.2020     
  • Habilitation, Osnabrück University, Germany
  • Thesis: “L2 Spanish and Italian Intonation: Accounting for the Different Patterns Displayed by L1 Czech and German Learners
  • Reviewers: Laura Colantoni, Frank Kügler, Trudel Meisenburg
  • Scientific lecture as part of habilitation process: How resistant are heritage speakers to cross-linguistic influence in (morpho-)syntax? The case of Italian heritage speakers in Argentina
27.06.2014     
  • PhD in Linguistics, University of Hamburg, Germany
  • Thesis: “Sujetos pronominales en el español porteño: Implicaciones pragmáticas en la interfaz sintáctico-fonológica
  • Supervisors: Christoph Gabriel & Susann Fischer
  • “Werner-Krauss-Dissertationspreis des deutschen Hispanistenverbandes”
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2008     
  • Master’s Degree in Spanish Linguistics (University of Hamburg, Germany)
2002     
  • Master’s Degree in History and Language studies (Silesian University of Opava, Czech Republic)

ACADEMIC POSTS HELD

from 01.04.2021    
  • Interim professorship for Romance languages
  • Institute for Romance and Latin Studies, Osnabrück University, Germany
01.10.2015-31.03.2021    
01.10.2014-30.09.2015    
01.08.2011-31.03.2015
01.09.2008-30.06.2011      
2007-2008        

Tutorials at the University of Hamburg on the following topics:

  • Media studies for Linguistics
  • Introduction to Romance Linguistics
  • and a tutorial for the University of Hamburg’s International Program for Students and Alumni

VISITING

November 2020 (canceled due Covid): 
  • One month-long stay at the Università del Salento in Lecce: working with Prof. Barbara Gili Fivela
September 2020 (canceled due Covid):
  • A three week-long study at the University of Helsinki: working with Prof. Pekka Posio
November 2017: 
  • One week-long stay at the Universidad de Costa Rica (giving a course on intonation)
September 2017:  
  • A three week-long study at the University of Toronto: working with Prof. Laura Colantoni

SCHOLARSHIPS & AWARDS

2021
  • Preis für exzellente Nachwuchsforschung der Universitätsgesellschaft Osnabrück (Habilitation)
2017
  • Financial support granted by Universitätsgesellschaft Osnabrück for the research stay at the University of Toronto, Canada
2015
  • Dissertationspreis Werner Krauss des Hispanistenverbandes (Werner Krauss Prize for Best Doctoral Dissertation in Spanish Studies)
09/2014
  • Travel scholarship granted by DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) to participate in the 47th Annual Meeting of the Societas Linguistica Europaea in Poznan, Poland
01/2013
  • Travel scholarship granted by the University of Hamburg to participate in the 10th Old World Conference in Phonology in Istanbul, Turkey
09/2012
  • Travel scholarship granted by the University of Hamburg to participate in the international Tone and Intonation conference in Oxford, UK
08/2011
  • Travel scholarship granted by the University of Hamburg to participate in the international conference Variation and Typology: New trends in syntactic research in Helsinki, Finland
04/2008-08/2008
  • Final exam scholarship for international students, granted by the University of Hamburg
04/2007-03/2008
  • Excellence scholarship for international students, granted by the University of Hamburg

LANGUAGE SKILLS 

  • Czech (southeastern variety): native language
  • Slovak: Lingua Receptiva
  • German, English, Spanish, Italian: advanced skills
  • Catalan, French, Russian, Polish: basic skills
  • Bribri (spoken in Costa Rica), Guaraní (spoken in Paraguay): knowledge of the basic structures

I.T. SKILLS


REVIEWER ACTIVITIES

Journals
  • Applied Linguistics Review (De Gruyter)
  • Estudios de Fonética Experimental (Universitat de Barcelona)
  • Isogloss (Open Journal of Romance Linguistics)
  • Laboratory Phonology
  • Revista de la Sociedad Argentina de Lingüística (RASAL)
  • Revista Dialectología y Tradiciones Populares (Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas)
  • Revista Electrónica de Lingüística Aplicada (RAEL)
  • Revista Káñina (Universidad de Costa Rica)
  • SKY Journal of Linguistics (Linguistic Association of Finland)
  • Spanish in Context (John Benjamins)
  • Studies in Hispanic and Lusophone Linguistics (De Gruyter)
  • Studies in Second Language Acquisition (Cambridge University Press)
Conferences
  • Phonetics and Phonology in Europe 2017, 2019, 2021
  • International symposium Subjects in Romance 2020 (Stockholm)
Books
  • Sónia Frota & Pilar Prieto (eds.) (2015): Intonation in Romance. Oxford, Oxford University Press. Estudios de Fonética Experimental, ISSN 1575-5533, XXV, 2016, 317-325.

MEMBERSHIPS and EDITOR activities


HOBBY

  • reading, traveling, dancing (lindy hop & swing)