Curriculum Vitae Susanne Maria Michaelis

born in Aachen (Germany), 1962

Education/Qualifications

1991 PhD in Romance Philology (University of Freiburg/Breisgau, Germany)

1988 MA in Romance Philogogy, Linguistics (University of Freiburg/Breisgau, Germany)

1983/84 Scholarship by the German Academic Exchange Service (Université de Poitiers, France)

1981-1983 Romance Philology, Slavic Philology, Linguistics (University of Bonn)

Positions held

2015- Postdoctoral researcher, Leipzig University (Philological Faculty), ERC-funded project “Grammatical Universals

2015 Research Scientist, Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History (Department of Linguistic and Cultural Evolution), Jena

2011-2015 Research Fellow, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology (Department of Linguistics), Leipzig

2008-2011 Research position in project “Atlas of Pidgin and Creole Language Structures” financed by the DFG (German Science Foundation), University of Gießen

2003-2008 Research Fellow, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology (Department of Linguistics), Leipzig

2000-2003 Maternal leave

1998-2000 Research Fellow, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology (Department of Linguistics), Leipzig

1991-1998 Assistant professor, Romance Philology Department, University of Bamberg (Germany)

Ongoing research projects

  • Areal patterns in creoles world-wide (based on data in: Atlas of pidgin and creole language structures, 2013, http://apics-online.info)
  • Complex sentences in creole languages (collaboration with Stefano Manfredi & Nicolas Quint, labex Axe 3, gd2, Paris)
  • Sampling methods in creole languages
  • Form-frequency asymmetries in possessive constructions (collaboration with Martin Haspelmath, MPI-SHH & Leipzig University) and motion-to/motion-from constructions
  • Language contact in a world-wide perspective (collaboration with Martin Haspelmath, MPI-SHH & Leipzig University)
  • Cross-signing data in comparison to spoken pidgins and creoles (collaboration with Ulrike Zeshan, UCLan)