Dr Lina Baldus

Lina Baldus joined the department in October 2015. She studied English Linguistics at the University of Siegen and the University of Edinburgh and obtained her M.A. in March 2015. In June 2020, she completed her PhD thesis, which examined the second language acquisition of non-finite complement clauses from a usage-based perspective. The thesis was supervised by Prof. Dr. Sabine Arndt-Lappe (Trier University) and Prof. Dr. Ute Römer (Georgia State University).

Currently, she is working as a postdoctoral researcher and project coordinator of the research program Patterns. Linguistic Creativity and Variation in Synchrony and Diachrony. She is also currently "stellvertretende Gleichstellungsbeauftragte" of the Faculty (Fachbereich II).

Research Interests

 Her main research interests are:

  • Second language acquisition (SLA)
  • Psycholinguistics and Cognitive Linguistics
    • Usage-based and constructionist approaches to language
    • Frequency effects in language
    • Entrenchment and schematisation in language learning

Recent publications

Recent presentations (Selection)

  • “How to ‘Build’ Constructions in an L2: Investigating the Effects of Usage-Related Factors in the L2 Acquisition of an Idiosyncratic Complex Construction", UKCLC 2020 Virtual, 07/2020
  • With Sabine Arndt-Lappe: “The Development of Subschemas in L2 Acquisition: Two Case Studies from German-English Syntax and Morphophonology”, SLE 52, Leipzig, Germany, 08/2019 
  • With Sabine Arndt-Lappe: “How do frequency, granularity, and proficiency interact in the L2 acquisition of alternations? Evidence from German-English syntax and morphophonology”, EuroSLA 28, Münster, Germany, 09/2018
  • “Catenative verb constructions in L2 acquisition: The role of frequency”, ICCG10, Paris, France, 07/2018
  • With Daniela Kolbe-Hanna: “The choice between –ing and to complement clauses in English as first, second and foreign language?”, ICAME 39,  University of Tampere, Finland, 06/2018
  • “Investigating Frequency Effects in Learner Corpus and Experimental Data: The Case of the English Catenative Verb Construction”, 4th Learner Corpus Research Conference, Bolzano, Italy, 10/2017
  • "What is 'Frequent Enough'? A Case Study on the L2 Acquisition of the Catenative Verb Construction", isLE 4, Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznań, Poland, 09/2016