PhD Linguistics & English Language
I am a PhD student at the Centre for Language Evolution in Edinburgh. Before, I studied Cognitive Semiotics in Aarhus, where I also worked as an RA in different projects associated with the Interacting Minds Centre. My undergraduate was in Language and Communication in Berlin (including training in psychology and [neuro]cognitive science). My main interests lie in the study of human interaction and communication. Specifically, how meaning is grounded in relation to others and the environment at hand, and how this can lead to the emergence of cultural conventions or linguistic structure. Other interests include social cognition/interpersonal coordination in general as well as spatial cognition.
LEL 1 - Introduction to Linguistics & English Language
Introduction to Cognitive Science
Origins and Evolution of Language (Hons. & MSc)
Introduction to Language Research (MSC R Labs)
In my PhD project, I investigate whether communication systems that emerge and evolve in joint interactions are sensitive/adapt to environmental affordances. Specifically, I consider the evolution of spatial communication systems and in which way conceptual strategies underlying them can be influenced by ecological factors. For this, I combine an experimental semiotics approach with modern Virtual Reality technology.
If you are an MSc student and interest in VR or spatial language, give me a shout via email. I'm always looking for interested people to test experimental paradigms and very open towards collaborations (e.g. for a master's project).
Affiliated research centres
Publications of my work are available on Google Scholar and Academia (see links above).