Research Interests

Cognitive Linguistics, Usage-Based Approaches, First Language Acquisition, Language Evolution, Evolutionary Linguistics, Construction Grammar, Perspective-Taking, Evolutionary Anthropology, Social Cognition, Pragmatics, Bilingualism, Second Language Acquisition


Since October 2021

Anglistisches Seminar, Universität Heidelberg


October 2020 - September 2021

Center for Language Evolution Studies & University Centre of Excellence IMSErt - Interacting Minds, Societies, Environments, Nicolaus Copernicus University in Torun


October 2017 - September 2020

Institut für Anglistik und Amerikanistik, Universität Koblenz-Landau, Campus Koblenz

Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter / Lecturer (100%) (Linguistics und Language Practice)

October 2016 - September 2017

Institut für Anglistik, Universität Koblenz-Landau, Campus Koblenz

Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter (50%) als Lehrkraft für besondere Aufgaben / Lecturer (Linguistics and Language Practice)


December 2019

Anglistisches Seminar, Universität Heidelberg

PhD, English Linguistics

Topic: Perspectivation and Pretend Play in Language Acquisition

Supervisors: Prof. Dr. Sonja Kleinke, Prof. Dr. Frank Polzenhagen

October 2011 – October 2015

Heidelberger Graduiertenschule für Geistes- und Sozialwissenschaften, Universität Heidelberg

October 2010 – May 2012

Universität Heidelberg

State Examination for the Teaching Profession, Psychology (minor)

April 2006 – October 2011

Universität Heidelberg

State Examination for the Teaching Profession, English Philology (major), German Philology (major)

October 2008 – June 2009

University of Nottingham, UK

ERASMUS exchange programme (English Language and Literature, Canadian and American Studies, Theology, German Studies)


August 2019

DAAD travel grant, 15th International Cognitive Linguistics Conference, Nishinomiya, Japan

April 2013 – April 2016

Beneficiary of a PhD Scholarship of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung

März 2016

Travel Grant of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung, 11th International Conference on the Evolution of Language, New Orlans, USA

September 2015

Travel Grant of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung, Protolang 4 – Ways to Protolanguage, Rome, Italy

Juni 2015

Udo Keller Foundation Forum Humanum Grant, International Interdisciplinary Summer School Origins of Human Cooperation with Michael Tomasello, Tübingen

August 2013

Travel Grant of the Graduate Academy of the University of Heidelberg, DGfS Summer school: Sprachentwicklung: Evolution, Wandel, Erwerb, Berlin

Juni 2013

Travel Grant of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung, 12th International Cognitive Linguistics Conference, Edmonton, Canada

April 2013

Student Grant of the Cognition and Poetics Conference 2013, Universität Osnabrück

Februar 2013

Travel Grant of the Soheyl Ghaemian Travel Fund for Scholars, Cognitive Grammar in Literature, University of Nottingham, UK

März 2012

Student Grant of the 9th Conference on the Evolution of Language, Kyoto, Japan


since 2019

Societas Linguistica Europaea

since 2016

International Cognitive Linguistics Association

since 2016

Evolutionary Linguistics Association

October 2012 - October 2016

Board Member and General Secretary of the Gercam Cognitive Linguistics Society

since 2012

Member of the Graduate Platform "Sprache und Wissen"

since 2012

European Centre for Linguitics, Universität Heidelberg

since 2011

Sprachwissenschaftlichen Tagung für Promotionsstudierende (Founding Member)

since 2010

German Cognitive Linguistics Association

Conference Organisation

September 2019

8th International Conference of the German Cognitive Linguistics Association: Applied Cognitive Linguistics, English Department, University of Koblenz-Landau, Campus Koblenz

August 2014

3. Sprachwissenschaftliche Tagung für Promotionsstudierende / 3rd LinguisticConference for Doctoral Students, Department of English, Universität Heidelberg