- I am a professor of linguistics at Heinrich-Heine-Universität in Düsseldorf. My work bridges several subdisciplines in linguistics, including language documentation, typology, formal semantics, morpho-syntax and corpus linguistics.
- I’ve been the puzzle master for the German Olympiad of Linguistics since 2019.
- I’m autistic.
- Since a lot of people have been wondering about my name, here is a page with instructions for pronunciation.
- I live in Düsseldorf with my philosopher husband David Löwenstein, and our child.
- Afaka fontI regularly go a little overboard when designing puzzles for the German Olympiad of Linguistics, but for one of this year’s puzzles, I really outnerded myself. I designed a True Type Font for the writing system Afaka, which was developed for the creole language Ndyuka. It was conceived in 1910 by Afáka Atumisi and is … Continue reading “Afaka font”
- Custom typological maps with RI used to plot my typological language data to geo-spatial maps with Generic Mapping Tools, which is awesome, and where a simple two-liner will do the job. But I found this hard to use in teaching, since it doesn’t run smoothly on everyone’s operating system. So it’s time for me to move on and learn … Continue reading “Custom typological maps with R”
- Wrapping up 2022: more talks and publicationsI haven’t been posting regularly about recent talks and publications, so here are a few more highlights from the second part of 2022:
- German Olympiad of LinguisticsI am heavily involved in organizing the German Olympiad of Linguistics each year (Deutsche Linguistik-Olympiade, DOL). I am primarily responsible for designing, curating and testing puzzles for the three rounds of competitions we host. In order to gain more support, we got together to found a “Verein”, the kind of institution that makes Germany go … Continue reading “German Olympiad of Linguistics”