Linguistic typology

  • 2016–2018: A member of the project Khoisan phonological typology project. JSPS Grant-in-aid for Scientific Research (KAKENHI), PI Hirosi Nakagawa (Tokyo University of Foreign Studies).

  • 2016- : A member of GramBank (part of GlottoBank), Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History (Jena), leader of Kiel Team (

  • Handbook of Grammatical Relations: Balthasar Bickel and me are editing a volume on grammatical relations in the languages of the world. It will contain an introductory chapter by the editors, around 30 contributions of up to 30 pages on individual languages, and a final discussion chapter by the editors.
  • Typological Variance in the Processing of Grammatical Relations: In 2006-2013 I was a member of the project Typological Variance in the Processing of Grammatical Relations (part of DFG Forschergruppe 742 Grammatik und Verarbeitung verbaler Argument, University of Leipzig). As part of this cooperation I wrote my PhD thesis on Typological Variation in Grammatical Relations, co-authored several research papers and presentations and organized three workshops.
  • AUTOTYP typological database network: Since 2002, I am a member of AUTOTYP typological database network (Directors: Balthasar Bickel and Johanna Nichols). As part of this cooperation I co-developed a database on grammatical relations and compiled several datasets.
  • The relative frequencies of nouns, pronouns, and verbs cross-linguistically funded by Volkswagen-Stiftung (DOBES-Program). Since 2012. Further details can be found on the project website.
  • Referential Hierarchies in Morphosyntax: In 2009-2012, I was a member of the EuroBABEL Project Referential Hierarchies in Morphosyntax: description, typology, diachrony (Coordinator: Katharina Haude). As part of this cooperation I co-authored several research papers and presentations and organized three workshops.


Language documentation and description

  • 2017-2020: German partner in the project Luruuli/Lunyara-English dictionary with a descriptive basic grammar for language revitalisation and enhancement of mother-tongue based education (Volkswagen Stiftung, Funding Initiative Knowledge for Tomorrow – Cooperative Research Projects in Sub-Saharan Africa, PI Saudah Namyalo)
  • A Text Documentation of N|uu: In 2007-2012, I was a member of the ELDP project A text documentation of N|uu (coordinator: Tom Güldemann). Within this project I carried out two fieldwork trips to Upington/Andriesval (Northern Cape, South Africa), co-authored several research papers and presentations, and participated in the creation of the corpus of Nǀuu.
  • Theoretical and Empirical Approaches to the Study of Ugandan Languages: In 2011, I was a member of the project Theoretical and Empirical Approaches to the Study of Ugandan Languages and taught two courses at Makerere-Zurich Summer school (Makerere, Uganda) funded by North-South Cooperation (University of Zurich). 
  • Documentation of Richtersveld Nama: In 2004-2006, I was a member of the research project Expression of Focus in Southern African Languages (ZAS, Berlin, coordinator Tom Güldemann) and investigated the information structure of Richtersveld Nama (a variety of Nama/Khoekhoe (Central Khoisan) spoken in Northern Cape, RAS) as my MA thesis project. I conducted two extended fieldwork trips and collected a corpus of Richtersveld Nama Pear Stories. I sporadically continue working on this language and carried out another fieldwork trip in 2011 to work on the questionnaires for The Kalahari Basin area project.