Why are languages the way they are? What makes complex communication possible? My research formulates new answers to these questions by studying how language is shaped by and for social interaction.

I am Associate Professor in Language and Communication at Radboud University Nijmegen. I’m also PI of Elementary Particles of Conversation, a collaborative and transdisciplinary research programme on the small words that streamline everyday language use. The research in my group is funded by a Vidi talent grant from the Dutch Research Council NWO (2018-2023) and by collaborations with the Language in Interaction consortium. Find out more about my research and publications, or see my CV.

In 2020, I was incredibly honoured to receive the Heineken Young Scientist Award in Humanities by the Royal Netherlands Academy of Sciences; to be selected as an inaugural member of the Radboud Young Academy; and to get a Radboud Science Award with Tessa van Leeuwen for our work on synaesthesia.

Three key papers

Three niche papers

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