Dr. phil. habil. Natalia Levshina

Curriculum vitae

Professional qualifications

2019 Habilitation in General and English Linguistics, Leipzig University
Habilitation thesis "Towards a Theory of Communicative Efficiency in Human Languages" (full text)
2007-2011 PhD in linguistics, University of Leuven
Thesis "A Usage-Based Study of Dutch Causative Constructions with doen and laten"
Supervisor: Prof. Dirk Geeraerts. Co-supervisor: Prof. Dirk Speelman
2010 LOT winter school in Linguistics, Free University of Amsterdam
2006 Candidate's degree, Saint Petersburg State University (Department of General, Social and Psycholinguistics)
Thesis "Indirect Speech Tactics in Pre-Election Discourse"
Supervisor: Prof. Konstantin Arkadievich Dolinin
1995-2000 Pskov Pedagogical University, Russia. Teacher of English and German. Graduated cum laude.


2019-present Postdoctoral researcher in the consortium "Language in Interaction", funded by the Dutch Research Council. Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, the Netherlands
2016-2019 Postdoctoral researcher in the ERC-funded project "Grammatical Universals", headed by Martin Haspelmath. Leipzig University, Germany
2013-2015 Postdoctoral researcher at the F.R.S.-FNRS -- Université catholique de Louvain, Belgium. Project "Mapping the causative continuum: A multivariate typological investigation of causative constructions based on a multilingual parallel corpus"
2012-2013 Postdoctoral researcher at the University of Marburg, Germany. LOEWE project "Exploring the Building Blocks of Language" and DFG project "Parallel Corpora and Linguistic Typology"
2012 Research fellow at the University of Jena, Germany
2006-2007 Assistant prof. at Saint Petersburg State University (EFL)
2001-2007 Linguist and project manager at PROMT Ltd.(Machine Translation Systems)

Other activities

2020 - present Associate editor of Linguistics: An interdisciplinary journal of the Language Sciences, Mouton de Gruyter
2019 - present Statistics consultant of the journal English Language and Linguistics , Cambridge University Press
2013 - present Associate editor of the Trends in Linguistics. Studies and Monographs [TiLSM] series, Mouton de Gruyter


Statistics univariate, bivariate and multivariate methods and visualization techniques with R, some experience with MATLAB
IT OS: Windows, Linux; programming skills: Python and R; XML, HTML
Languages English, Russian (native), German (Goethe-Zertifikat C1), Dutch, French


Third prize for the best paper presentation by postdoctoral researchers at the Societas Linguistica Europaea (SLE) conference, 18-21 September 2013