About Me

After studying history, archeology, classiscs and historical linguistics in Germany and the United States, I completed two master's degrees from Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena (Germany). Currently I am working on my PhD on the history of the Luxembourgish language.

  • M.A. Indo-European Studies
  • M.A. Modern History

I consider myself a researcher of human culture, while focusing mostly on the history of cultural development. As language is a intrinsic part of human culture, its study can reveal so much about the history of everyday culture and human interacton.
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Research Focus

I focus on the reconstruction of everyday culture, especially food stuffs.

  • luxembourgish historical linguistics
  • luxembourgish onomastics
  • historical semantics
  • semantic typology
  • indo-european linguistics
  • languages of the balkan

Research Projects

Currently I mostly focus on historical linguistics, linguistic reconstruction and digital humanities.

Luxembourgish Toponymy

My main research focus right now, and the subject of my PhD dissertation is the Luxembourgish toponomastic landscape. By analysing micro-toponyms (or Flouernimm in Luxembourgish), insights can be gained into the linguistic history of the language that has for the rest only been attested in writing since the 19th century.

The digital Chrestomathy of Old Romanian texts

This project focuses on a digital edition of Moses Gasters Romanian Chrestomathy. The idea is not to simply deliver a digitised version of the book, but rather to update the style of the chrestomathy into the digital age and hence adding to its philological value.

The Korean dialect of the Yianbian autonomous district in China

The ethnic Koreans in china are one of 64 officially recognised minority of the PRC. It is one of the biggest native speaker group outside of the Koreas, with settlement patterns dating back to the Choson period. However, most of the modern district grew under Japanese occupation, with many people fleeing the Kingdom of Korea. Most ethnic Koreans only have family ties in China, with the last ancesters moving to the area before the Korean War. The area is an interesting scope for Korean dialecology, mostly phonology and the lexicon, loan phenomena, and the expression of language identity.

Food culture and identity

By studying the branding of Luxembourgish wines, insight can be gained in how local rural landscape identity fosters into the notion of terroir and how this is expressed to the customer.

Publications

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Teaching

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