Curriculum Vitae

Higher education, Languages & Employment

Higher education

1991-1993 Ph.D., Stanford University, Linguistics
(The Structure of Complex Predicates in Urdu, Supervisor: Peter Sells)
1988-1991 M.A., Stanford University, Linguistics
1984-1987 B.A., Wellesley College, Double Major,
Language Studies and Computer Science


English, German, and Urdu spoken natively. Good understanding of Punjabi.
Introductory knowledge of Sanskrit, Latin and French.


2003-current Professor (C3) for Theoretical and Computational Linguistics
Department of Linguistics, Universität Konstanz
2002-2003 Lecturer
Computational Linguistics Centre for Computational Linguistics, UMIST.
1997-2002 Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin (Research Scientist)
Fachbereich Sprachwissenschaft (Dept. of Linguistics), Universität Konstanz.
→ Project: Complex Predicates: synchronic and diachronic perspectives on  the lexicon.
→ Umbrella project: SFB 471 - Variation and Change in the Lexicon.
Research on the Syntax/Semantics and Syntax/Phonology interface with  special consideration of diachronic developments with respect to Urdu/Hindi and Bengali.
1995-1997 Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin (Research Scientist)
IMS (Institut für Maschinelle Sprachverarbeitung/Natural Language Processing Institute), Universität Stuttgart.
→ Project: ParGram
Developed a large-scale grammar for German within the XLE (Xerox Linguistic Environment) parsing/generation platform.
1993-1995 Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin (Research Scientist)
Seminar für Sprachwissenschaft, Abteilung Computerlinguistik, (Dept. of Linguistics, Computational Linguistics Section), Universität Tübingen.
Designed and implemented a Reichenbachian approach for an analysis of tense and subsequent target language realization (German → English) in
cooperation with a larger tense/aspect group within the machine translation project Verbmobil.
1987-1988 Full-Time Intern
Computer Science Department, Wellesley College.
Assistant to the Systemadministrator; Supervision of a Terminalroom with about 20 Terminals for a VAX/VMS Unix-Machine and several PCs and Apple Computers; Teaching Assistant for the Computer Science Department; Software Development.

Organizational Activities

Conferences, Fall Schools & Workshops

Conference Organization

2008-2009   Co-Chair, EACL (European Association of Computational Linguistics) Workshops, Athens, April 2009.
2006 Organizer, 11th LFG (Lexical-Functional Grammar) Conference, Konstanz, July.
2006 Organizer, 8th Konvens (Konferenz Verarbeitung Natürlicher Sprache/Conference on the Processing of Natural Language), Konstanz, October.
2001 Co-coordinator, SALA XXI (South Asian Language Analysis), Konstanz, October.
1996 Co-coordinator, First LFG (Lexical-Functional Grammar) Workshop, Grenoble.
1992 Co-coordinator, South Asian Language Analysis Roundtable 14, Stanford University.
1990 Co-coordinator, 22nd Child Language Research Forum, Stanford University.

Fall School Organization

2009 Organizer of the 5th Computational Linguistics Fall School of the DGfS in Konstanz.
2001 Co-ordinater of the 1st Computational Linguistics Fall School of the DGfS in Konstanz.
2003-2005   Program Committee for the 2nd (Osnabrück), the 3rd (Bochum) and the 4th (Potsdam) Computational Linguistics Fall School of the DGfS.

Note: The DGfS is the German Linguistic Society

Workshop Organization

2009    Workshop on Teaching Linguistics, July, Konstanz.
2008 Organizer, Workshop A Non-Canonical Perspective on Case, Konstanz, May.
2006 Organizer, Workshop The Interface between Lexical and Discourse Semantics, as part of the Konvens06 Conference, Konstanz, October.
2006 Organizer, Workshop Case and Aspect in Indo-Aryan Languages, as part of the LFG07 (Lexical-Functional Grammar) Conference, Konstanz, July.
2002 Organizer, Workshop Complex Predicates, Particles and Subevents, under the auspices of the SFB (Sonderforschungsbereich) 471, Konstanz, October.
2001 Co-coordinator, Workshop Computational Linguistics for South Asian Languages, as part of SALA XXI (South Asian Language Analysis), Konstanz, October. Organizer, Workshop The Treatment of Tense in LFG, as part of the LFG01 (Lexical-Functional Grammar) Conference, Hong Kong, June.
1999 Co-coordinator, Workshop Syntax-Phonology Interfaces at the 1999 meeting of the Computational Section of the DGfS (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Sprachwissenschaft), Saarbrücken, October.
1998 Co-coordinator, Workshop Complex Predicates at the 1998 meeting of the DGfS (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Sprachwissenschaft), Halle, March.
1995 Co-coordinator, Workshop Processes in Argument Structure at the 1995 meeting of the DGfS (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Sprachwissenschaft). Göttingen, March.