I am a lecturer ("LfbA") at the University of Bochum. Previously, I have held positions as research assistant and junior lecturer at the University of Freiburg.
My research focus is in the following areas:
- language perception
- language and identity
- urban accents
- experimental approaches to the study of language
In my PhD thesis (see "research"), I tested a prediction of exemplar theory, namely that salient experiences will dominate the phonetically detailed exemplar clouds in long-term memory. As a consequence, social salience should play a role in priming experiments. I investigated this issue by looking at the production and perception of four phonological variables in Scouse, the variety of English spoken in the city of Liverpool.
I teach classes on phonetics and phonology, regional and social variation, basic research methodology, and the usage of software such as Praat and R for semi-automatic data collection and analysis (see "teaching").