research interests are syntactic theory, its connection to the theory of
focus and the syntax- semantics and syntax-phonology interface. She is also
interested in questions of local and global ambiguities. A new research
area is neurolinguistics and the question of the syntactic and semantic
processing in children with left-hemispheric lesions. This topic is
developed together with her colleagues Prof. Dr. Ingeborg
Krägeloh-Mann and Dr. Karen Lidzba.
She is heading a 4 year
grant by the German Science Foundation on the topic of "Fokuskonstruktionen und Freezing" (Focus Constructions and
Freezing) within the SFB-Center 833 (SFB833) at the University of
Together with her
colleagues from the Children's University Hospital in Tübingen, Dr. K.
Lidzba und Prof. Dr. I. Krägeloh-Mann, she is heading a project with
the title "Die Syntax und Semantik
Reorganisierter Sprache und ihre neuronale Architektur" (The Syntax and Semantics
of Reorganized Language and its Neuronal Architecture). This project is
also funded for 4 years within SFB-Center 833 (SFB833) at the University of
She is also part of an
interdisciplinary graduate program (Promotionsverbund) on the topic of
"Dimensionen der Ambiguität" (Dimensions of Ambiguity)
together with her colleagues Prof. Dr. M. Bauer (literary studies), Prof.
Dr. J. Knape (rhetoric), Prof. Dr. P. Koch (linguistics).
She published the book
with the title "Ellipsis at the Interface." The book will be
based on research conducted in connection with her habilitation project
which was finished last summer. This work sets out in finding an answer to
the question of why our mind perceives more than we see and understands
more than we hear. In particular, in this work she develops a derivational
model of grammar with the goal of explaining the information structural
differences between so-called sentence-bound and discourse-bound ellipses. This
work was supported by a DFG-Habilitation-grant.
She concluded the
research project B13 with the title "Ellipse und Informationsstruktur
im Englischen" within the Sonderforschungsbereich 441.
Syntaxtheorie, Ellipsenforschung, Intonation und Fokus,