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I graduated in linguistics and English literature at Leipzig University in 2012. Currently, I am a PhD student in the Language and Cognition Department of the Max-Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics in Nijmegen.

As a member of the ERC Project INTERACT, I work on the psycholinguistics of conversation. For my dissertation, I investigate what helps conversational partners to succeed in fluently exchanging turns of talk. To be able to do so, they have to assign their available capacities efficiently to both language comprehension (of the incoming turn) and language production (of the outgoing turn). How these two sets of processes interact in a conversational situation and when conversational partners focus on comprehension and production will be part of my PhD research. These questions will primarily be tackled with the help of eye tracking measures obtained in experimental conversational situations.
I will further investigate what sources of information listeners take into account to predict the end of the current turn so as to be able to take their own turns without delay. I will vary both syntactic and prosodic variables in experiments and measure their effect on the timing of speaker transitions as well as the processes of comprehension and production. The results of this line of research should help us to get a better understanding of how interlocutors design their talk for one another and how they draw inferences from the timing of conversation for the interpretation of speakers' meaning.

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