Personal profile

Description of research and teaching

I hold an MA degree in Northern European Studies from Humboldt University of Berlin, a PhD in General Linguistics from the University of Leipzig and I am an Adjunct Professor (title of Docent) in Finno-Ugric Studies at the University of Helsinki. My current affiliation is at the Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies at the University of Freiburg. I lead my own research group ( and I am also the co-applicant for a large-scale and long-term interdisciplinary research project ( funded in the Academies’ Programme at the University of Hamburg and aiming at the systematic linguistic documentation of several Uralic and other languages of Siberia.

Multilingualism and Language Diversity are the major keywords for my own professional interest as a linguist. In addition to documenting and describing endangered languages under the roof of Digital Humanities, I am specialized in language contacts, linguistic typology, sociolinguistics and the sociology of language. I have also carried out research and taught on other aspects of endangered cultures and languages.

External positions

Senior Researcher

1 Jul 2019 → …

Acting professor, Universität Bielefeld

1 Oct 201731 Mar 2019

Fellow, Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies (FRIAS)

1 Mar 201730 Sept 2017

Fields of Science

  • 6121 Languages
  • Uralic languages
  • North Germanic languages
  • digital humanities
  • anthropological linguistics
  • contact linguistics
  • sociolinguistics
  • sociology of language
  • typological linguistics
  • historical linguistics
  • language technology

International and National Collaboration

Publications and projects within past five years.