My main research fields are Austronesian linguistics and bilingualism. In my PhD research, I investigated language contact phenomena among the Ambon Malay-Dutch bilingual heritage speakers. My dissertation discusses patterns of divergence between the homeland language (spoken in Indonesia) and heritage language (spoken in the Netherlands) and patterns of convergence between the heritage language and Dutch, the socially dominant language. My postdoctoral research focuses on language contact between Austronesian and Papuan languages on Alor and Pantar islands in eastern Indonesia. More specifically, I study the language of adult speakers who were born in a Papuan speaking environment and learned Alorese (Austronesian) as a second language, e.g. when they married an Alorese husband. The synchronic description of their language involves charting lexical and grammatical influences of Papuan languages on Alorese.
2015 - Post-doctoral researcher at Leiden University. Transfer of structure: Alorese and its Papuan neighbours, NWO Vici Grant Research Project (http://www.vici.marianklamer.org).
2011 - 2015 PhD candidate at Radboud University Nijmegen. Title of the dissertation: Dynamics of Ambon Malay: Comparing Ambon and the Netherlands. Supervisors: Prof. P. Muysken, Prof. M. Klamer, Dr. S. Aalberse and Dr. Hammartström (cum laude)
2011 Student Assistant at Radboud University Nijmegen. ERC Project Traces of Contact (http://www.ru.nl/linc/projects/erc-traces-contact)
2009 - 2011 Research Master in Linguistics at Leiden University
2004 - 2008 BA in Languages and Cultures of Asia and Africa (curriculum: ‘Indonesian language and literature’), at the University of Naples, “L’Orientale”, Italy