I work as an Associate Professor in computational linguistics at the Institute for Luxembourgish Linguistics and Literature. Before that, I worked at the Research Center Deutscher Sprachatlas in Marburg, where I was involved in the development of a comprehensive research platform on the regional languages of German (www.regionalssprache.de).
In my work I combine different disciplines and methodological approaches to the analysis of language as a cultural phenomenon. The starting point of my research is formed by the complex relationships between human activity in the world on the one hand and the structure and dynamics of cultural symbol systems on the other. The main foci of my work are the empirical investigation of sociolinguistic issues, the implementation of computational approaches to language use and evaluation, and the development of theoretical models for the description of human cultural practice. I see the close connection of computational working methods and theoretical reflection with societal engagement and an open research practice as a special motivation for my work as well as a challenge for the future of the humanities as a whole.
In particular, I am currently dealing with the opportunities and implications of digitization for scientific and everyday practice. On the one hand, this concerns the expansion of sociolinguistics through data-driven and computational approaches (Computational Sociolinguistics), but also the further development of algorithms and models in computer science by grounding them in sociocultural data (Cultural AI). In this context, I am also concerned with the theoretical foundations of computer-aided cultural practices for the investigation of social processes (Culture & Computation). I am committed to the development of digital language resources and applications for Luxembourgish (Natural Language Processing) as well as to an active dialogue between science and society in the context of participatory research projects (Citizen Science).
Roles and responsibilities
|Associate||SFB Deutsch in Österreich (DiÖ)|
|Board member||Internationale Gesellschaft für Dialektologie des Deutschen e.V. (IGDD)|
|Editor||Book series The Ends of the Humanities. University of Luxemburg: Melusina Press. Together with Till Dembeck, Georg Mein and Johannes Pause. Link|
|Member||COST action European network for Web-centered linguistic data science (NexusLinguarum) – Management committee substitute|
Memberships and engagements
|ACL||Association for Computational Linguistics|
|DH Benelux||Digital Humanities in the Benelux countries|
|ECSA||European Citizen Science Association|
|EuADS||European Association for Data Science|
|Scistarter||Science we can do together|
|SLICE||Standard Language Ideologies in Contemporary Europe|
|VndS||Verein für niederdeutsche Sprachforschung|
Last updated: 18.06.2021