Professor of Slavic Linguistics at Heidelberg University.
1966-1971 Studies of Slavic and General Linguistics at the Universities of Zagreb and Amsterdam
1979 PhD in Slavic Linguistics at Amsterdam University (with distinction); specialisation in empirical methods in linguistics, including input from Phonetics and Econometrics at the University of Amsterdam.
1971-1997 Assistant, Associate Professor at the University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
Spring 1973 Professor replacement (Slavic and Eastern languages) at Boston College, Boston, PhD classes at Harvard University
1983-1984 A. von Humboldt scholar at the Dept. of Comparative and Indo-European Linguistics, Kiel, Germany, 7 months of fieldwork in Nepal
1997-2003 Professor for Slavic Linguistics at Mannheim University, Germany.
Since 2003 Professor for Slavic Linguistics, Heidelberg University, Germany, currently Senior Professor
2000-2003 Dean of the Faculty of Philosophy at Mannheim University
Since 2005 Partnership Officer for the University Cooperation with Prague
2005-2017 Equal Opportunities Officer of Heidelberg University
2008-2011 Vice-Dean of the Faculty of Modern Languages, Heidelberg University
Since 2017 Chair of the LERU Thematic Group on Gender and Diversity
Since 2020 Chair of the LERU policy group on Equality, Diversity and Inclusion
Since 2020 President elect of the International Society for Historical Linguistics (Presidency from 2021)
Expertise in Research Evaluation
1987-1997 Evaluator for the Dutch Research Council
2000-2004 Deputy Speaker of the DFG Research Cluster Language Variation as Communicative
Practice: Formal and Substantive Parameters (DFG FOR 380)
Presently Evaluator for the A. von Humboldt Foundation, DFG, GA ČR (Czech Research Foundation),
Polish Research Foundation
2019/20 Guest editor for the Journal of Historical Linguistics 10-2.
Functions in Research Associations
1987-1989 Member of the Publication Committee of the Societas Linguistics Europaea
2015-2017 Member of the Executive Committee of the Slavic Linguistics Society
Since 2016 Member of the Scientific Committee of the International Society for Historical Linguistics
Publication activities (in addition to own publications, cf. below)
Since 2009 Editor of the publication series Empirie und Theorie der Sprachwissenschaft, Universitätsverlag Winter (Heidelberg)
Since 2017 Member of the Editorial Board of Online Handbook of Linguistic Criticism – a European Perspective.
2010 Winner of the Prize for the Best Book in Slavic Linguistics, American Association of Teachers of
Slavic and Eastern Languages (AATSEEL) http://www.aatseel.org/about/prizes/recent-recipients/book-prize-winners-for-2010
2018 Elected member of the Croatian Academy of Sciences.
Publications include three single-authored books, six edited books, and 101 published articles.
The College integrates teachers and researchers working on Central Europe in the different universities and disciplinary fields, and who will coordinate courses or, in the longer term, diplomas in the field of Central European Studies. The aim is to create a...