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I am a research assistant and PhD student at the Chair of Modern English Linguistics (Prof. Hans-Jörg Schmid) at LMU Munich. In my PhD project I study the spread of new words on the web and on social media (DFG project). I collect and process large datasets of websites and tweets in order to empirically investigate how English neologisms diffuse across the speech community and to examine the factors that affect this process.
The following aspects are at the center of my research project:
- sociolinguistic dynamics: the role of social networks, early adopters and influencers
- spread across usage contexts: diffusion across text types, e.g. from informal to more formal sources on the web
- semantic variation and change: modelling meaning change and variation during the conventionalization process using word embeddings
- trajectories of diffusion: rates of change and success, S-curve models
- factors for diffusion: the influence of factors such as metalinguistic use, word-formation patterns and nameworthiness
My research interests are in the domains of
- morphology and word-formation
- language change
- cognitive linguistics.
I have a strong methodological focus on quantitative linguistics, drawing on computational methods (Python, R, SQL) from
- corpus linguistics
- natural language processing
- social network analysis
- distributional semantics
- statistics and machine learning.