About me

I am a PhD student in linguistics in the field of semantics and pragmatics. I create fieldwork-based analyses of Nafsan, an Oceanic language spoken in Vanuatu. I work at Humboldt University of Berlin and the University of Melbourne. In Berlin I work in the MelaTAMP project and in Melbourne in CoEDL .

I’m passionate about uncovering regularities in grammar and contributing to answering some of the big questions about the nature of language: Which meanings are often expressed together or by the same word in the languages of the world? Why are they expressed in that way? How do linguistic structure, cognition and environment influence the development of the language?

Lionel Emil (left), speaker of Nafsan and participant in my research, and me (right) working on Nafsan transcriptions