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.

Current externally funded research projects:

Past research projects include:

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, language processing, and second language acquisition. 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