Marie Engemann

Quantitative Linguist

I am currently a researcher of English Linguistics at Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf, Germany, and part of the DFG-funded research unit Spoken Morphology. I defended my dissertation in August 2022, which focuses on the interaction between phonetics and morphology, in particular on the effect of morphological boundaries on the duration of stems.

I am open to work starting in October 2022.

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Curriculum Vitae

These are the highlights of my professional and academic career. If you are interested in an unabbreviated PDF version, contact me.

Apr 2017 - Sept 2022

Heinrich-Heine-Universität, Düsseldorf

PhD Researcher

I recently defended my dissertation "Paradigm uniformity effects in inflectional stems: Durational differences in production and perception" as part of the DFG research unit "Spoken Morphology". Parts of my research were published or presented as listed under publications.

A list of courses I taught can be viewed below in the section Teaching.

Oct 2014 - Mar 2017

Heinrich-Heine-Universität, Düsseldorf

Master of Arts

I completed my M.A. in the program Comparative Studies in English Language, Literature and Culture with a focus on English linguistics. The title of my M.A. thesis was "The Perception of Homophone Suffixes: The Case of Plural -s and Cliticised has".

During my M.A. studies, I had several part time jobs related to e-learning. One of the e-learning projects I created was Timelines to Visualize History.

During my M.A. studies, I also organized and presented at the student's conference "Breaking Boundaries", for which I also created the promotional material (poster and schedule).

My M.A. studies were financially supported from 2014-2016 by the "Deutschlandstipendium".

Sep 2011 - Aug 2014

Heinrich-Heine-Universität, Düsseldorf

Bachelor of Arts

I completed my B.A. in the major English Studies and the minor General Linguistics.

During my B.A. studies, I spent a semester abroad at the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia, where I took courses on linguistics and Australian studies.

Also during my B.A. studies, I worked as officer of communication for the student union (among other part-time jobs).

My B.A. studies were financially supported from 2012-2014 by the "Deutschlandstipendium".

Aug 2005 - Sep 2011

anyMOTION GRAPHICS GmbH, Düsseldorf

Web Developer

I completed an apprenticeship in web development at anyMOTION GRAPHICS in January 2008, and then continued to work there as a full-time web developer until 2011.

My responsiblities included design and development of websites in CSS, HTML, PHP, JavaScript/jQuery and other programming languages, administration and content management of websites, newsletter marketing and graphic design.

Publications

I have published journal articles, given presentations and presented posters at a number of different conferences as listed below.

Articles and Monographs

  • Engemann, Marie. [Forthcoming]. Paradigm uniformity effects in inflectional stems: Durational differences in production and perception. Düsseldorf, Germany: Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf. Doctoral Dissertation.
  • Engemann, Marie & Ingo Plag. 2021. Paradigm uniformity effects in spontaneous speech. The Mental Lexicon 16(1). 165–199.

Presentations

Posters

Teaching

During my time at Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf, I taught the following classes:

Semester Course Type
Summer 2022, Winter 2016/17, Summer 2016 & Winter 2015/16 Academic Writing & Research Tutorial
Winter 2019/20 Word-Formation in English Intermediate
Summer 2018 Methods in Phonetics Intermediate
Summer 2018 & Winter 2017/18 Introduction to English Language and Linguistics Part I (Winter) / II (Summer) Introductory
Winter 2016/17, Summer 2016 & Winter 2015/16 Tutorial for Introduction to Medieval English Studies Part I (Winter) / II (Summer) Tutorial

Skills and Interests

Due to my diverse professional experience, my skills can be assigned to a variety of different categories. Browse through them, or jump directly to:

Data Science

During my PhD, I took a deep dive into the world of data science. This came natural to me, as I already had previous experience in coding from my web development days. However, I learned quite a lot about how to deal with data, including how to:

  • retrieve and filter data from databases or dataframes
  • clean, filter and transform data
  • export acoustic information from annotated audio files
  • statistically analyze data using different models and techniques, e.g. linear mixed effects regression modelling
  • visualize data

Most of these were accomplished using R and R packages (e.g. dplyr, ggplot, lme4, etc.), SQL, and Python. I am eager to expand my skills on data science in regards to natural language processing and machine learning, especially using Python.

Linguistics

In the last 5 years, I worked on my PhD thesis in English linguistics. My skills in regard to linguistics and language include:

  • expert knowledge of phonetics and morphology, as well as excellent knowledge of other linguistic subfields
  • linguistic annotation (part of speech tagging, morphological structure)
  • acoustic analysis, e.g. using spectrograms
  • phonetic transcription

Research and Writing

After over 10 years in academia, I have become a very skilled researcher and acquired many skills that transcend to many areas of my life. These include:

  • observing and identifying patterns and potential problems
  • formulating research questions and hypotheses from observed problems or patterns
  • design of experiments
  • data science, quantitative analysis, data visualization and interpretation (see the section on data science above)
  • writing texts in a variety of genres (academic writing, technical writing, etc.)

Media design and development

From 2005 to 2011, I worked as a professional media designer and web developer. Though the world of web development has changed dramatically, I still have a high affinity to web and media design. Having studied these fields extensively, I have a professional understanding of:

  • layouting and presenting data and information, both online and offline
  • graphical manipulation in Adobe Photoshop
  • coding in HTML/CSS/JS
  • deployment and usage of content management systems

Soft Skills and Other Skills

  • I am a maker and when I see things that need to get done, I do them, or make sure they get done. This characteristic transcends to many aspects of my professional and personal life. For example, in my free time, I sometimes like to create player aids for board games in InDesign, because I feel like players will benefit from those.
  • I am a team player - I worked with many different teams, both as a team leader (leading a group of student assistant on annotation tasks) and as a team member (being part of a larger research unit).
  • I am a very helpful person, and have a gift of recognizing when people are in need of support.
  • I am skilled at teaching and presenting complex content to learners, as well as to equals and superiors.
  • I am a very quick learner, and I acquired most of my coding and data science skills "learning by doing".

Languages

I speak a number of different languages to various degrees of fluency, as listed in the table below. In addition, I have structural, and in some cases limited vocabulary knowledge of Mandarin, Serbo-Croatian, Hebrew, Old English and Middle English.

Level Language
Native/Fluent German, English
Intermediate Swedish
Basic French, Spanish

Interests and Hobbies

  • Photography
  • Travelling
  • Board, Video and Role-Playing Games
  • Crafts (Sewing, Knitting, Painting)

Memberships

Contact

Send me an e-mail to get in touch.

  • Email

    marie@engemann.info
  • Mailing address

    Marie Engemann M.A.
    Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf
    Department of English and American Studies
    Anglistik III: English Language and Linguistics
    Building 23.21, Floor 02, Room 113
    Universitätsstraße 1
    40225 Düsseldorf
    Germany