I am a PhD fellow at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven. Under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Benedikt Szmrecsanyi, I am undertaking research within the spirit of probabilistic grammar – examining different varieties of Englishes across the globe. With my focus on the dative alternation, I probe into several predictor variables said to influence the choice of dative construction, using binomial logistic regression and other state-of-the-art statistical techniques. As of February 1, 2018, I will take up a 3-year position as Oberassistenz (Postdoctoral fellow) at the English department of the University of Zurich (www.es.uzh.ch).


Research interests: phonological, lexical and morphosyntactic variation, variationist sociolinguistics, cognitive sociolinguistics, dialectometric techniques and quantitative approaches, historical linguistics

Contact: melanie[dot]rothlisberger[at]kuleuven[dot]be

ORCID iD iconorcid.org/0000-0002-1959-174X