About

I am a post-doctoral researcher (wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter) in project C05 The limits of variability in extraction asymmetries (PI: Doreen Georgi) which is part of the DFG-funded Collaborative Research Centre SFB 1287 Limits of Variability in Language: Cognitive, Grammatical, and Social Aspects at the University of Potsdam. Prior to that, I was a PhD student in the DFG-funded graduate school IGRA (Interaktion grammatischer Bausteine/Interaction of grammatical building blocks) at the University of Leipzig where I completed my dissertation with the title Verbal Fronting: Typology and Theory in January 2018. Before that, I acquired a B.A. and an M.A. in Linguistics as well as a B.Sc. in Chemistry from the University of Leipzig.

Research Interests

My research interest lies mainly in syntax, morphology and their interface with each other, with a focus on cross-linguistic comparative work. In particular, my research focus is on the syntax of Asante Twi and Limbum, two Niger-Congo languages spoken in Ghana and Cameroon, respectively. In the past few years, my research has centered around phenomena concerning the syntax of the verbal and nominal displacements in those languages but I have also worked on nominalization, inflection classes, syncretism and ATB-movement, rule interactions, and VP-ellipsis. Currently, I take interest in the following topics:

  • The cross-linguistic patterning of anti-agreement
  • The distribution of resumptives and the factors that govern them
  • Island constraints, their language-internal and cross-linguistic validity
  • Head movement phenomena, in particular concerning verbs