I am a linguist at the TU Chemnitz and study how language interacts with other modalities, such as gestures or pictures. Together with Prof. Dr. Ellen Fricke I am heading the center for gesture studies and speech communication at the TU Chemnitz.
In my research, I have addressed semantization and grammaticalization of gestures, pragmatic and cognitive aspects of gesture use as well methodological and theoretical questions of gesture analysis.
My current research projects concentrate on the relevance of gestures for teaching German as a second language, I conduct cross-linguistic studies on conventionalized gestures, analyze how linguistic ambiguity is realized in speech, gestures, text and pictures and explore how gestures can be used for human-machine interaction.
My main areas of research are multimodality (speech/gesture and language/image), typological gesture studies, language and cognition, lexical semantics, pragmatics and human-machine interaction.