Since January 2015, I have been working at the University of Luxembourg at the Institute for Luxembourgish Linguistics and Literature, currently as a Research Scientist in Sociolinguistics and Computational Linguistics.
Previously, I worked for many years at the Forschungszentrum Deutscher Sprachatlas in Marburg, where I was involved in the development of a comprehensive research platform on the regional languages of German (www.regionalsprache.de).
In my research I am particularly interested in the complex interrelationships between perception and action on the one hand and the structure and dynamics of cultural symbol systems on the other. My work focuses on the empirical investigation of sociolinguistic issues, the development of data-driven approaches to language practice and evaluation, and the design of theoretical models for the description of human practice in the life-world.
I am currently particularly interested in the challenges and opportunities of citizen science and digital methods for the development of the humanities. I see the combination of social engagement with computer-based working methods as part of 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.
I am a board member of the International Society for Dialectology of German (IGDD) and I am committed to supporting young scientists. In addition, I have been a representative for the academic staff in the University Council since June 2017.
Other memberships and engagements
- DHd – Digital Humanities in the German speaking area
- Digital Humanities Benelux
- ECSA – European Citizen Science Association
- EuADS – European Association for Data Science
- NexusLinguarum – European network for Web-centred linguistic data science (COST action; MC substitute)
- Scistarter Network
- SFB DiÖ – Deutsch in Österreich (Associate member)
- SLICE – Standard Language Ideologies in Contemporary Europe
- Verein für niederdeutsche Sprachforschung