About me

I recently completed my PhD in linguistics at Humboldt University of Berlin (MelaTAMP project) and the University of Melbourne (CoEDL) in the field of semantics and pragmatics. In my research I created fieldwork-based analyses of Nafsan, an Oceanic language spoken in Vanuatu. After my PhD I also gained some experience in computational linguistics applied to the automotive industry.

In my linguistic research I try to uncover 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