I’m a Postdoctoral Research Associate working on the syntactic annotation for the Corpus of Historical Low German project. I’m currently combining this with a teaching and research position at the University of Konstanz in the Department of Linguistics.
My research focuses on morphosyntactic change in Germanic, combining perspectives from syntactic theory with quantitative approaches. I am particularly interested in the interaction between syntax and information structure, and how diachronic language change can be modelled using the architecture of Lexical-Functional Grammar.
I received my PhD on expletives and syntactic change in Icelandic from the University of Manchester in 2018. I also hold previous degrees from the University of Cambridge (Modern & Medieval Languages) and the University of Aberdeen (Scandinavian Studies).
I was previously been employed as a lecturer in the Department of Linguistics and English Language at the University of Manchester, where I convened courses in Old & Middle English and Historical Syntax.
Word order and information structure in the history of Icelandic:
In my PhD thesis, I present a diachronic account for the emergence of expletives in Icelandic from the earliest texts to the present day. This development is set against the backdrop of Icelandic clause structure, with particular attention to verb-second, information structure and the left periphery. See a recent paper here.
As I showed, the development of expletives is intimately connected with other changes and my work has fed into a wider collaboration with Christin Schätzle (University of Konstanz). Together, we have developed a theoretical analysis using LFG for how the syntactic encoding of information structure changed over time in Icelandic, prompting a series of changes with respect to e.g. verb position, subject position, dative subjects and expletives. See e.g. here.
Visual and quantitative methods for investigating syntactic change:
Recent conference activity