My name is Liv Borghardt, I was born in Kiel, where I also received my B.A. in the courses ‘Empirical Linguistics’ and ‘Italian Philology’. For my Master’s degree in Linguistics, I moved to Mainz. Here I graduated with a M.A. last summer. My thesis was about complexity of chat language and the question, how it can be measured, using the example of Idea Density.
In my dissertation I investigate the syntactic level and the processing of adverbial subordinate clauses - here the focus is on causal clauses. I'm interested in the question: "Does the transformation of subordinate clauses according to the rules of the Easy Language simplify the processing of the contained information?" I have already completed a behavioral study on this topic. Now I’m planning a fMRI study for further investigation.