Research & CV

I currently work in the Linguistics Department at the University of Potsdam, and am involved in the project “Consequences of head argument order for syntax” (CHAOS), which is part of the Collaborative Research Centre 1287 “Limits of Variability in Language” at the University of Potsdam. We are interested in the cross-linguistic relationship between the basic order of verb and object (VO vs. OV languages) and other syntactic properties which might be related to this, such as scrambling, verb clusters, superiority, subject height, and many more. My own research within the project focuses on Czech and other Slavic languages. I am also interested in the placement of second-position clitics in Slavic.

Below, you can find my CV, publications, past talks, and memberships.

Curriculum Vitae


  • 01/2022 – present: researcher in the Department Linguistics, section Grammar Theory, at the University of Potsdam
  • 10/2017 – 07/2018: lecturer for the BA course Phänomene der Syntax at Frankfurt Goethe University


  • 10/2018 – 12/2021: junior researcher and Ph.D. student in the project Clitics and the Prosody-Syntax Interface at Göttingen University
  • 04/2014 – 08/2017: MA in Linguistics at Frankfurt Goethe University (subjects: syntax and phonology)
  • 04/2013 – 08/2015: student tutor for courses in the BA linguistics (Typology, Syntax, Mathematics) at Frankfurt Goethe University
  • 10/2011 – 09/2015: student assistant with CARU, project on the acquisition of German relative clauses within the research unit Relative Clauses at Frankfurt Goethe University
  • 10/2011 – 05/2014: BA in Linguistics at Frankfurt Goethe University
  • 10/2009 – 09/2012: Teaching degree for secondary schools at Frankfurt Goethe University

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Publications and Theses

  • 2022: Optimal Clitic Positioning in Czech and Beyond. Clitic syntax, morphology, and prosody from a constraint-based perspective
    PhD thesis, supervised by Stavros Skopeteas and Götz Keydana, Göttingen
  • 2019: Clitics at the interfaces of grammar: Defining the “first position” in Czech
    Typology of Morphosyntactic Parameters, Volume 2, Issue 1, Moscow (download paper)
  • 2017: Czech numeral phrases in coordinated structures
    MA thesis, supervised by Katharina Hartmann, Frankfurt
  • 2014: The production of subject and object relative clauses in German and Czech
    BA thesis, supervised by Petra Schulz, Frankfurt



  • 2023-09-22: The Role of Subjects in the VO/OV Dichotomy (with Andreas Pregla; presentation at the conference “Topic, Focus and Subject” at the University of Osnabrück) (download slides)
  • 2023-04-29: Fanselow (2022) (with Andreas Hölzl; presentation at Gisbert Fanselow’s Contributions to Syntactic Theory in Berlin)
  • 2021-09-05: Czech Clitic Placement and the Left Periphery. A Constraint-Based Argument (remote presentation at the 16th annual meeting of the Slavic Linguistics Society at the University of Illinois)
  • 2020-03-06: Clitic and non-clitic forms of “to be” in Czech (presentation at the workshop “Grammatical (Non-)Identity” at DGfS 42 at Hamburg University)
  • 2019-10-16: Clitics at the Interfaces of Grammar: Defining the “first position” in Czech (presentation at the conference “Typology of Morphosyntactic Parameters” at the Institute of Linguistics of RAS)
  • 2019-03-29: Clitics at the Interfaces of Grammar: Evidence from Czech (presentation at Norddeutsches Linguistisches Kolloquium at Osnabrück University)


  • 2023-05-06: Wir denken, dass ihr hier am Ende etwas über Sprache gelernt werdet haben. Untersuchungen zur Wortfolge in den Sprachen der Welt (presentation at Tag der Wissenschaften in Potsdam)
  • 2023-02-10: Head-argument order and its consequences. How typically VO is West Slavic? (presentation at the Slavic Linguistics Colloquium at HU Berlin)
  • 2022-07-05: Aspects of the OV/VO alternation (with Andreas Hölzl; presentation at the workshop of the linguistic CRCs in Berlin)
  • 2022-05-13: How to optimally place your clitics. Czech clitic syntax in a constraint-based model (remote presentation at the Slavic Linguistics Colloquium at HU Berlin) (download slides)
  • 2022-05-07: “Weil das ist schlechtes Deutsch!” – Dürfen wir anders sprechen als schreiben? Ein Einblick in (nicht-)linguistische Fragestellungen (presentation at Tag der Wissenschaften in Potsdam)
  • 2021-12-07: Optimal Clitic Positioning in Czech. Clitic syntax and morphology from a constraint-based perspective (presentation at the Syntax-Semantics Colloquium at Potsdam University)
  • 2021-02-08: Where do Czech clitics go, and why? A constraint-based analysis (remote presentation at the Syntax Colloquium at Frankfurt University)
  • 2020-02-04: Clitic and non-clitic auxiliaries in Czech (presentation at the General Linguistics Colloquium at Göttingen University)
  • 2019-10-24: Klitika im Tschechischen: Reduzierte Wörter und ihre Position im Satz (presentation at Tag der GSGG in Göttingen)


Member of Deutsche Gesellschaft für Sprachwissenschaft (DGfS)
Activities: accounts auditor, member of the working group for climate protection

Member of Slavic Linguistics Society (SLS)
passive membership