Hi, I am a PhD Candidate at the NLP and Society Lab at Utrecht University with Dong Nguyen. Previously, I completed my master’s and bachelor’s degree at RWTH Aachen University in computer science and mathematics respectively. Currently, I am focusing on conversational style analysis.

drawn Anna presents I presented our paper “Detecting Different Forms of Semantic Shift in Word Embeddings via Paradigmatic and Syntagmatic Association Changes” at the International Semantic Web Conference 2020 in November. The research for this paper was done during my master’s thesis with Markus Strohmaier and Florian Lemmerich at the CSSH group at RWTH Aachen University. See the video under “Publications”.

drawn Anna research

I am studying the role of language in intergenerational conversations in online settings. Questions I am investigating include: What writing style is typical for different generations? How does this adapt (see linguistic accommodation) in intergenerational conversations? How does style and accommodation correlate with conversation quality? etc. I am especially interested in conversations, where the participating parties have conflicting interests due to their different age groups, i.e., are subject to an intergenerational dilemma. This can be topics like climate change, pensions or the corona virus.

My PhD project is funded by EMMA and NWO. This is a collaboration with Dong Nguyen (UU), Kees van Deemter (UU), Tijs van den Broek and Bianca Beersma at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.