Plenaries and Workshop


Bert Cappelle is associate professor of English linguistics at the University of Lille. He obtained his PhD from KU Leuven. Taking a usage-based cognitive Construction Grammar approach and using corpus linguistic methods, he has worked on various topics including modals, locatives, as well as particle verbs in English and other Germanic languages.

 Bert Cappelle's website

Osnabrück's very own Oliver Ehmer is full professor in Romance Linguistics and currently holds a Heisenberg-Professorship. His research interests include digital humanities, corpus technology, language variation and change as well as interactional and cognitive linguistics. He is currently investigating requests for action in Spanish and knowledge transmission in interaction. 

 Oliver Ehmer's website

Ev Fedorenko is associate professor of Brain and Cognitive Sciences at the McGovern Institute at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Using a large variety of approaches, such as brain imaging, behavioral analysis, intracranial recordings and genotyping, she models the way in which language is processed in the brain. Her seminal research also includes ways of identifying the brain regions involved in linguistic processing. 

 Ev Fedorenko's website

Having previously worked at the Universities of Cambridge and Hong Kong, Nik Gisborne is now professor of Linguistics and English Language at the University of Edinburgh. Taking into account language change, he addresses theoretical questions concerning the mental network and has contributed substantially to Word Grammar. He is currently studying relative clauses in Indo-European languages.

 Nik Gisborne's website

Lotte Sommerer is assistant professor of English Linguistics at the University of Freiburg, where she received her Habilitation in 2022. Her research areas include usage-based and cognitive (diachronic) Construction Grammar, grammaticalization and constructionalization, as well as noun phrase struture. She investigates morphosyntactic variation and change in Modern English, Middle English and Old English from a historical and functional-cognitive perspective. 

 Lotte Sommerer's website


Alexandra Lorson is assistant professor and member of the "Semantics and Cognition Group" at the Faculty of Arts at the University of Groningen. She obtained her PhD in Linguistics from the University of Edinburgh and later worked as a postdoctoral research fellow in the "Making Numbers Meaningful" project led by Bodo Winter at the University of Birmingham. Her research interests in the field of experimental pragmatics focus on strategic communication. She has previously held workshops on linear modeling at RWTH Aachen University and at a summer school on Corpus Annotation and Data Analysis at the University of Göttingen.

 Alexandra Lorson's website