What I do
I am a theoretical and computational linguist: I build formal models of human grammar based on empirical data from natural languages.
In my research, I develop a mathematical characterization of syntactic dependencies such as case assignment and wh-movement. By linking linguistic theory with results from formal language theory, I derive properties of syntactic parsing, which can inform general cognition as well as computer linguistics. I collect data by doing fieldwork: I've worked with speakers of Turkic languages (Karakalpak, Kyrgyz, Turkish) and also with speakers of Nepali and Yaadre.
I also build software for natural language processing for projects in digital humanities. Then, I work with statistical models to solve problems such as named entity recognition (NER) and text classification.
I work as data analyst for the Austrian Centre for Digital Humanities and Cultural Heritages (ACDH-CH) at the Austrian Academy of Sciences while I wrap up my Ph.D. studies in linguistics at UConn. Previously, I've spent a semester as visiting student at Stony Brook University, and studied linguistics and computer science in Vienna, Austria.
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- ConCALL-3 at Indiana University, Bloomington, IN (talk) — March 2–4, 2018.
- WAFL 14 at MIT, Cambridge, MA (talk) — October 19–21, 2018.
- TU+ 4 at NYU, New York, NY (talk) — February 16–17, 2019.
- TU+2 at Indiana University, Bloomington, IN (poster, cancelled) — Nov 19–20, 2016.
- ConSOLE 25 in Leipzig, Germany (talk) — Jan 4–6, 2017.
- Proceedings paper: open access.
- Manuscript, May 2017.
- GLOW 39 in Göttingen, Germany (poster) — Apr 5–7, 2016.
- FASL 25 at Cornell University, NY (talk) — May 13–15, 2016.
- Proceedings paper available from Michigan Slavic Publications.
- CGG 24 in Madrid, Spain (talk) — May 28–29, 2014.
- RALFe at Paris 8, France (talk) — Oct 9–10, 2014.
- ÖSKL 6 in Vienna, Austria (talk) — Nov 30–Dec 1, 2013.
- Proceedings paper, in: Wiener Linguistische Gazette 78A, 2014.
The best way to reach me is by email.
You can write to me in English or German or French. I can read Turkish and SerBoCroatian, but I'll struggle to compose a response.
My preferred pronoun is her.