I am employed on an SNF research project investigating the relationship between properties of adult language structure and child language acquisition in the Romansch variety of Tuatschin spoken in the Grisons (Switzerland). Our project also closely focuses on the role of language contact and code mixing in everyday linguistic interaction and acquisition.
The project is based on large-scale data collection. We are developing the first large-scale corpus of Tuatschin comprising both natural adult language data and a longitudinal study of child language acquisition for six children aged 2 to 3.
I am responsible for overseeing the corpus development (recording, transcribing, translating, annotating, formatting) as well as for conducting studies of ‘optional’ agreement patterns and language contact based on our collected corpus data.