Career

Academic career

  • High school in Zurich, Switzerland; one year as an exchange student in Bangkok, Thailand (Bodin Decha High School, 1984/85)
  • Baan Somdej Chao Phraya Teachers' College and Ramkhamhaeng University, Bangkok (BA level, major subject: Thai Language; 1987-1990)
  • Lic.phil. in General Linguistics (subsidiary subjects: English Linguistics, Rhaeto-Romansh Literature and Linguistics) at the University of Zurich (corresponding to MA), completed in 2001; Title of thesis: The aspect system of Thai
  • PhD in General Linguistics in 2005; title of dissertation: The verb system of Mon
  • Habilitation (PD) in General Linguistics, 2016. Title of cumulative habilitation: Areal typology of Southeast Asian languages.

Activities

  • Translation and interpreter services in Thai/English/German (1985-1995)
  • Teaching Thai at an international school in Bangkok (1990-1995)
  • Teaching English in Thailand (mostly volunteer work; 1997-2002)
  • Teaching Mon writing in the Thai-Burmese border area (volunteer work; 2001-2005)
  • Coordinator of the PhD Program Linguistics at the University of Zurich (2008-2009)
  • Lecturer in Mon culture and language at the INaLCO, Paris (2008-2011)
  • Member of the international committee of the International Conference of Austro-Asiatic Languages (ICAAL; since 2009)
  • Secretary of the executive committee of the Southeast Asian Linguistics Society (SEALS; since 2011)
  • Visiting scholar and PhD co-advisor at Mahidol University, Thailand (2010-2011)
  • Member of the executive board of the Swiss Society for Endangered Languages (http://www.endangeredlanguages.ch/index.html) (since 2011)
  • Visiting scholar and PhD co-advisor at Chulalongkorn University, Thailand (2013-2015)
  • Member of the advisory board, Myanmar Studies Center, Chiangmai University, Thailand (from 2014)
  • PhD co-advisor at Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore (2014-2015)
  • Visiting scholar at the CRLAO/EHESS, Paris (2015)
  • Visiting researcher and lecturer at Mandalay University, Myanmar (from 2016)
  • Visiting lecturer at Mawlamyine University, Myanmar (2017)
  • Visiting researcher and lecturer at the Yangon University of Foreign Languages (YUFL) (from 2018)