About me

PLEASE NOTE: I will be working at FU Berlin after 1 October 2021.

I was an assistant professor at the Department of Romance Philology at the University of Freiburg. My research focuses on the development of new quantitative and qualitative methods for the description of language variation and change.

Research interests

  • Language variation and change
  • Linguistic structure and social interaction
  • Quantitative approaches to the description of linguistic structure
  • Corpus linguistics and digital humanities
  • Experimental evidence in linguistics
  • Pragmatic theories

Current projects

  • Historical dialectology (Spanish)
  • Verbal periphrases (Spanish)
  • Variation and change in interrogatives (Portuguese, Spanish)
  • Iterative expressions (French, Italian)
  • Hearer-based reanalysis in language change
  • Discourse markers in spoken and written language (Spanish)

Short CV

Academic career

Since Oct 2021Full professor at the Freie Universität Berlin
Oct 2020 - July 2021Visiting professor at the University of Regensburg
2020Habilitation: Venia legendi in Romance Philology, University of Freiburg
2015-2018Scholarship by the FWO (Research Foundation – Flanders) at KU Leuven for a postdoc about the development of interrogatives in Spanish and Portuguese
Feb-May 2014Visiting professor at the University of Antwerp
2013Ph.D. in Romance Philology, University of Freiburg ("summa cum laude")
Since 2012Assistant professor at the Department of Romance Philology, University of Freiburg
2012Studies at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (tutelage: Prof. Javier Elvira González)
2011Studies at the Universitat de Barcelona, collaboration in the research project "Gramática de las perífrasis verbales del español", Prof. Mar Garachana
2009-2012Scholarship by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) for a PhD in the Graduate School GRK 1624/1 "Frequency effects in language"
2009Teaching assignment at the University of Cologne
2002-2009Studies of Romance Languages (Spanish and Italian), English and History at the University of Cologne and the Universidad de Sevilla


2020Irmgard-Ulderup-Preis 2020 for the best Habilitation thesis, awarded by the Dr. Jürgen und Irmgard Ulderup Stiftung.
2014Prize of the Societas Linguistica Europaea (SLE) for the best presentation (category post-doc) at the 47th Annual Meeting at the SLE Poznán. Presentation title: “The development of iterative verbal periphrases in Romance”.
2013Hans-und-Susanne-Schneider Preis 2013 for the best Ph.D. thesis.