I am a PhD student at the department of Linguistics at the University of Leipzig working as a research assistant in the IGRA graduate program (Interaction of Grammatical Building Blocks).
I received my Master's degree at the Humboldt University of Berlin in Theoretical Linguistics and was supervised by Hubert Truckenbrodt and Manfred Krifka. I did my Bachelor in French and Spanish at the University of Oslo.
I have a passion for tone and a big interest for Bantu and Nilotic languages. Fieldwork is an important part of my work and in May and June 2017 I was in Ethiopia to work with Eastern Jikany Nuer speakers.
My main research interests are prosody and tone and their interfaces with morphology and syntax. I have mainly worked on Bantu languages (Makhuwa, Xitsonga, Bàsàa, Limbum) and the topic of my MA thesis was 'Downstep in Kikuyu'.
In this study, I analyzed Kikuyu downstep in the Edge-Based approach of Syntax-Phonology interface proposing a stratal OT analysis. In the empirical part of my work I did an acoustic analysis of recorded data. I am currently writing my PhD thesis on tone in Nuer. My main supervisors are Bert Remijsen and Jochen Trommer. My extended thesis committee consists of: Andrew Kostakis, Tamara Rathcke, and Eva Zimmermann.
Workshop on Strata. Leipzig University, July 20, 2017.
Talk at the Department of Linguistics. Addis Abeba, June 28, 2017.
The 13th Nilo-Saharan Linguistics Colloquium. Addis Abeba, May 4-6, 2017. PDF
Fonologi i Norden, Kristiansand, February 24, 2017.
Old World Conference on Phonology. Düsseldorf, February 22, 2017. PDF
Talk at the Phonetics/phonology workshop, University of Edinburgh. December 8, 2016. PDF
Colloquium on African Languages and Linguistics. Leiden University, August 29-31, 2016. PDF
Invited talk at the Goethe University Frankfurt, phonology colloquium, June 15, 2016. PDF
[with Jude Nformi Awasom and Ludger Paschen] Poster presentation: Speech Prosody, Boston University, May 31- June 3, 2016.
[with Jude Nformi Awasom and Ludger Paschen] Poster presentation: ACAL 47, University of California, Berkeley, March 23-26, 2016. PDF
Poster presentation: NELS 46, Concordia University (Montréal), October 16-18, 2015. PDF
Oral presentation: Workshop on Replicative processes in grammar: Harmony, copying, doubling, and repetition, Leipzig University, October 1-2, 2015. PDF
Oral presentation: Workshop on Morphosyntactic Triggers of Tone: New Data and Theories, Leipzig University, June 12-13, 2015. PDF
Oral presentation: The 12th Old World Conference in Phonology, Universitat de Barcelona, January 27-30, 2015.
Oral presentation: 23rd Conference on the Student Organization of Linguistics in Europe, Paris, 7-9 January, 2015.
[with Seunghun J. Lee]. Poster presentation: The 14th Conference on Laboratory Phonology, Tokyo, July 25-27, 2014.
[with Fatima Hamlaoui and Emmanuel-Moselly Makasso]. Oral presentation: The 4th International Symposium on Tonal Aspects of Languages, Radboud University (Nijmegen), May 14, 2014.
[with Seunghun J. Lee]. Oral presentation: The 4th International Symposium on Tonal Aspects of Languages, Radboud University (Nijmegen), 16 May, 2014.
[with Fatima Hamlaoui and Emmanuel-Moselly Makasso]. Poster presentation: Exploring the Interfaces 3: Prosody and Constituent Structure, McGill University (Montréal), 8-10 May, 2014.
[with Garrett Smith and Daisy Kruger]. Poster presentation: Deutschen Gesellschaft fur Sprachwissenschaft, Potsdam University (Germany), 12-15 March, 2013.
Instructor, Seminar in linguistic methods (with Ludger Paschen). Methoden der Phonetikanalyse. Linguistic department, Leipzig University.
Instructor, Block seminar on tone and fieldwork. Linguistic department, Addis Abeba University.