Research Topics

Computational historical linguistics (Comphist)

We work on developing methods and tools for analyzing historical language data. More information on the resources and results from several research projects that deal with data from Middle High German (1050–1350 CE) and Early New High German (1350–1650 CE) is provided here. I’m also part of the SFB 1102; in our project, we investigate the role of information-related factors in the development of modern German word order.

Automatic analysis of learner data (Litkey)

We also work on another type of non-standard data: texts produced by children in primary school. The goal is to automatically analyze spelling and grammatical errors in these texts but also to consider the words that the children produced correctly. We finally want to come up with linguistic profiles of each child, reflecting their (implicit and explicit) knowledge of spelling patterns and morphosyntax. More information here.


In the context of different projects, we created several corpora, which are all freely available, see the respective websites.

Funded Projects

Past Funded Projects

Further Projects

  • Annotation and analysis of abstract anaphora
    • Cooperation with Heike Zinsmeister and Varada Kolhatkar
    • In this project, we investigate the use of abstract anaphora in German (and English). Abstract anaphors (e.g. this, that) are used to refer to abstract objects such as events or facts: Each fall, penguins migrate to Fiji. That’s why I’m going there next month (example from Byron 2002). In this example, an event (the penguins’ migration) is the abstract antecedent.