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The Lab team

Prof. Dr. Aria Adli







Fahime Same (M.A.)

I am working on coherence and topic shift in discourse. In particular, I am seeking a comprehensive approach to sentence and discourse topics based on Persian spontaneous dialogues from the sgs corpus. Furthermore, I am advising colleagues in finding sustainable solutions for storage and representation of data in an XML/TEI based format.




Eric Engel (M.A.)

Based on the assumption that variation in language is not arbitrary, I am interested in information structural and sociolinguistic factors of variation and how they constrain the choice of a variant. My research focuses on phenomena related to the syntax-semantics interface, such as structural and interpretational properties of different types of subordinate clauses, the expression of negation, or zero elements in discourse.



Alessia Cassarà (M.A.)

My research interests lie at the interface between syntax and discourse from a sociolinguistic perspective. Within a variationist framework, I aim at investigating the sociolinguistic factors that impact language change. I examine the change of specific syntactic phenomena through which information structure is expressed, both from a monolingual and a bilingual point of view, and aim at gaining better insights on the sociolinguistic conditions determining such variation and possible change.



Amalia Canes (M.A.)








Camilla Hemmer

I am responsible for programming research tools of the Sociolinguistic Lab. Presently, I am working on a Java script for agent-based modeling and on an importer module for the Pepper tool.





Lena Pfannholzer

My responsibility is running and organizing the technical equipment in the lab. I am also concerned with the website administration and different tasks in the chair.