I read English and German Philology at the University of Göttingen in Germany, completing my studies with a PhD in generative syntax. My current research focuses on grammatical processing in mono- and multilingual adults, and on experimental syntax (see my publications and research statement).

Current externally funded research projects:

I am an editorial board member of Language AcquisitionSecond Language Research Bilingualism: Language and Cognition, Languages, and the Journal of Comparative Germanic Linguistics. I also serve as an academic editor for PLOS One. I have taught courses mainly in the areas of theoretical syntax, the syntax/semantics interface, sentence processing, and second language acquisition. Information about my past and current doctoral students can be found here, and general information about research student supervision can be found here.


Short CV
since 2011Senior Researcher & Co-Director, Potsdam Research Institute for Multilingualism
2011Habilitation, University of Potsdam
2005 - 2011Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor), University of Essex, UK
1997 - 2005Lecturer (Assistant Professor, tenured), University of Essex, UK
1994 - 1997Teaching Fellow, University of Essex, UK
1995PhD, University of Göttingen, Germany
1992MA, University of Göttingen, Germany