CV

Education

2014Habilitation in General Linguistics, University of Zurich, Switzerland.
2001Ph. D. in Slavic Linguistics, University of California, Berkeley.
1993 M. A., Slavic Linguistics, Psycholinguistics, and Theoretical Linguistics, Ludwig Maximilian University, Munich.

Positions

2014–Research Professor, University of Zürich, Department of Comparative Linguistics, Psycholinguistics Laboratory.
2014–Unit Head, Psycholinguistics Laboratory, Department of Comparative Linguistics, University of Zürich.
2011–2014Unit Head, University of Zürich, Psycholinguistics Research Unit.
2006–2011 Senior Researcher, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Department of Linguistics, Leipzig.
2002–2006Post-doc, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Department of Developmental and Comparative Psychology, Leipzig.
1997–2002Doctoral student, University of California, Berkeley (Fellowships and Teaching see below). Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures (advisors: Prof. Dr. Johanna Nichols, Prof. Dr. Alan Timberlake, Prof. Dr. Dan Slobin).
1994–1997 Researcher, Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, Nijmegen. Design and supervision of several experiments and studies in St. Petersburg, Russia.
1993–1994 Research assistant, Ludwig Maximilian University Munich. Project: Funktionale Determinanten im Spracherwerb (Dr. Katrin, Lindner, Prof. Dr. Seebold).
1992–1993Student assistant, Ludwig Maximilian University Munich.

Fellowships, Grants and Awards

2014–2019ERC Consolidator Grant: Acquisition processes in maximally diverse languages: min(d)ing the ambient language.. European Research Council, Frontier Research
2007–2012Dilthey Fellowship: The typology of language acquisition: a cross-linguistic corpus-based study of Chintang, Russian and English. VolkswagenStiftung.
2004–2009Project member: Linguistic and ethnographic documentation of Chintang and Puma, two endangered Kiranti languages in Nepal. VolkswagenStiftung, DOBES-Program, (PI: Prof. Dr. Balthasar Bickel, in cooperation with Prof. Dr. Martin Gaenszle, Anthropology, Institute for South Asia, Tibet and Buddhism Studies, University of Vienna and with Prof. Dr. Elena Lieven, Psychology, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig).
2001 Office of the President-Fellowship, University of California, Berkeley.
2001 Summer Research Grant, Institute for Slavic Languages and Literatures, University of California, Berkeley.
2001 Humanities Grant, Summer Research Grant, University of California, Berkeley.
2001 Travel Grant, Center for Slavic Languages, University of California, Berkeley.
2000 Regional winner of the AATSEL (American Association of Slavic and East European Languages) writing competition.
2000 Fellowship, Institute for Slavic Languages and Literatures, University of California, Berkeley.
1994–1999 Research grant Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, Nijmegen to conduct a longitudinal study of Russian language acquisition in St. Petersburg, Russia.
1999 Humanities Research Grant, Summer research grant, University of California, Berkeley.
1999 Berkeley Language Center Fellowship.
1997-1998 Ph.D. Fellowship, Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD).
1998 Summer Research Grant, Institute for Slavic Languages and Literatures, University of California, Berkeley.
1997 Summer Research Grant, Institute for Slavic Languages and Literatures, University of California, Berkeley.
1996 Humanities Research Grant, Summer research grant, University of California, Berkeley.
1996 Fellowship, Institute for Slavic Languages and Literatures, University of California, Berkeley.
1995 Fellowship, Max Planck Instituts for Psycholinguistics, Nijmegen, The Netherlands, to attend the Summer School of the Linguistic Society of America, Albuquerque.
1992 Language training fellowship for Polish, Summer school in Cracow (Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD)).

Professional Experience

  • Review for: Journal of Child Language, Cognitive Science, Gesture, Linguistics, First Language, Proceedings of the International Congress for the Study of Child Language, Quantitative Linguistics, Applied Linguistics, Bilingualism: Language and Cognition, various book proposals and conferences, ELDP.
  • Member of the executive committee of the Berkeley Language Center, University of California, Berkeley, 1999–2000.

Co-organisation of International Workshops

2015 International Kick-of Workshop on: Acquisition processes in maximally diverse languages. Kloster Kappel, Switzerland.
2014 Annual meeting of the Swiss Linguistics Society, University of Zurich.
2013 International Conference of Sign and Spoken language, From Hand to Mouth, University of Zurich (with successful raising of external funds).
2013 International Workshop on the Acquisition of Case from a Crosslinguistic Perspective, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig.
2010 International Workshop on the Acquisition of Ergativity, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig. Edited volume in press with Benjamins, Amsterdam, co-edited by E. Bavin and myself.

Teaching

2015 The acquisition of negation, University of Zurich.
2013, 2014, 2015 Introduction to Psycholinguistics, University of Zurich.
2014 The acquisition of aspect, University of Zurich.
2013 The acquisition of morphology, University of Zurich.
2012, 2013 Introduction to language acquisition research, University of Zurich.
2012 Linguistic relativity and language acquisition, University of Zurich.
2011 Fieldwork methods (with Sascha Völlmin and Per Baumann), University of Zurich.
2009 Variation in first language development, University of Leipzig.
2007 Comparative language acquisition research, University of Leipzig.
2006 First language acquisition: Development of communicative abilities, University of Leipzig.
1998, 2000 Introductory Russian and Russian conversation, UC Berkeley.
1996, 1997 Introductory Polish, UC Berkeley.

Teaching in International Summer Schools

2016 Language acquisition research from a crosslinguistic perspective, European Summer School in Linguistic Typology, (organised by University of Cologne, CNRS, University of Amsterda), Porquerolles.
2010 Variation in first language development (with Elena Lieven), DGfS-CNRS Summer School on Linguistic Typology, University of Leipzig.
2009 Crosslinguistic language acquisition. Linguistic Institute: Language Structure and Language Ecologies, Linguistic Society of America, UC Berkeley.
2008 Language acquisition in crosslinguistic perspective, Leipzig Spring School on Linguistic Diversity, University of Leipzig.
2006 Language acquisition in cross-linguistic perspective (with Elena Lieven) Leipzig Spring School on Linguistic Diversity, University of Leipzig.

Fieldwork

  • Study of Chintang language acquisition, fieldwork and project coordination, VolkswagenStiftung,Dilthey Fellowship, December 2008–2012.
  • Study of Chintang language acquisition, fieldwork and project coordination, VolkswagenStiftung, Dokumentation bedrohter Sprachen (DOBES) within the project Linguistic and ethnographic documentation of Chintang and Puma, two endangered Kiranti languages in Nepal, February 2004–December 2008.
  • Pilot study for the creation fo a large corpus of colloquial Russian, Summer 1999.
  • Longitudinal study on the acquisition of Russian as a first language, St. Petersburg, 1995–1999. Onsite work Spring 1995 until Summer 1996, then shorter trips twice a year (mainly with funds from the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, Nijmegen).
  • Experiments on the acquisition of Russian aspect, St. Petersburg, Spring 1995–Summer 1996.
  • Study abroad, St. Peterburg, 1990–1991.

Supervised MA theses

  • Shirin Hegetschwiler: Item-Specificity in the Learning of Verbal Morphology in Chintang. 2014, Universität Zurich.
  • Nicole Kantak: Comparing speech to children with surrounding speech. 2010, Universität Leipzig
  • Sebastian Sauppe: Der Erwerb der Morphosyntax von Lokaldeixis im Chintang. 2010, Universität Leipzig.
  • Kristina Kuhn: The acquisition of relative clauses in Chintang. 2010, Universität Leipzig.
  • Nadine Kirsch: Codewechsel zwischen Chintang und Nepali im frühen Spracherwerb: Eine Untersuchung von 2- bis 4-jährigen Kindern. 2009, Universität Leipzig.
  • Claudia Polkau: The acquisition of aspect in Chintang and Italian. 2009, Universität Leipzig.
  • Taras Zakharko: Identification of syntactic patterns in large corpora and aspects of structue in Chintang child-surrounding speech. 2009, Universität Leipzig.

Electronic Corpora

  • Stoll, S., Lieven, E., Bickel, B., Banjade, G., Bhatta, T. N., Gaenszle, M., Paudyal, N. P., Rai, N. K., Rai, M., Rai, I. P. (2009) Audiovisual corpus on the acquisition of Chintang by 6 children: ca. 600,000 words transcribed and translated, of which ca. 450,000 glossed. Electronic Database, DoBeS Archive.
  • Bickel, B., Rai, M., Banjade, G., Bhatta, T. N., Gaenszle, M., Lieven, E., Paudyal, N. P., Rai, N. K., Rai, I. P., Stoll, S. (2009) Audiovisual corpus of the Chintang language: ca. 250,000 words transcribed and translated, plus paradigm sets and grammar sketches, ethnographic descriptions, photographs. Electronic Database, DoBeS Archive.
  • Stoll, S., Meyer, R. (2008) Audiovisional longitudinal corpus on the acquisition of Russian by 5 children (approx. 2,100,000 words transcribed, lemmatized and glossed)
  • Rai, M., Bickel, B., Banjade, G., Bhatta, T. N., Gaenszle, M. , Lieven, E., Paudyal, N. P, Rai, N. K., Rai, I. P., Stoll, S. (2009) Chintang dictionary (ca. 7,000 entries, Nepali and English glosses, Nepali explanations, examples, grammatical information). Electronic Database, DoBeS Archive.