Mariann has joined the Meaning, Culture and Cognition group for 10 months as a guest researcher, her home university being the University of Tartu in Estonia. In her research, Mariann focuses on the Estonian language of perception, with a special interest in perception verbs and their polysemy. Her work deals with the different kinds of abstract and non-abstract experiences that can be expressed with Estonian perception verbs. Her previous research on the topic of visual perception has shown that Estonian exhibits a different kind of polysemy structure than Indo-European languages, which suggests there might be differences in other perceptual fields as well. Mariann aims to describe these differences and ultimately offer possible explanations as to why these different conceptualisation patterns exist.
Mariann has completed her bachelor (2014) at the University of Tartu in Estonian and Finno-Ugric linguistics, with a specialisation in general linguistics. In 2016, she completed the master’s programme in General Linguistics (cum laude) also at the University of Tartu. During her MA studies, Mariann spent one semester at KU Leuven in Belgium, taking part of the Advanced Masters in Linguistics programme. Mariann started her PhD at Tartu in 2016 and will be completing her second year at the CLS as a part of the Dora Plus PhD student mobility programme, supported by the European Regional Development Fund and Estonian government.