I am a PhD student in linguistics at the Centre for Language Evolution at the University of Edinburgh, working on lexical dynamics and evolutionary variant selection in language with Kenny Smith, Simon Kirby and Richard A. Blythe, utilizing massive corpora and natural language processing to hunt traces of selection and competition in language; and experiments to see how individuals perform given limited linguistic resources. This research is supported by a Kristjan Jaak scholarship from the Archimedes Foundation of Estonia. I am also engaged in teaching stats and data visualization for the humanities and social sciences (see the tab above). On the right is the picture obligatory for all academic home pages to subtly suggest that in fact I do not spend all my time in the office at all.
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Besides research and teaching and consulting and whatnot, I (fortunately) also do other things, which currently mostly consist of dance (lindy hop, salsa, bachata), jazz, outdoorsy stuff (cycling, hillwalking), boardgames, and various other things.
Before coming to Edinburgh, I worked as a teaching assistant in informatics at the University of Tartu (2015-2016), before that studied artificial intelligence and natural language processing at KU Leuven (MSc) and linguistics at the University of Tartu (BA, MA). I was also affiliated 2016-2019 as a (part-time) junior researcher with the University of Tartu EKKAM sociolinguistics group, doing data analysis and agent-based models. During my pre-PhD studies I also went on exchanges to the University of Iceland and the University Vienna, attended a dozen-odd academic summer schools, taught Icelandic to art students and Estonian to Norwegian teachers, worked as an assistant at the Estonian Wordnet project, and did internships at CrossLang NV in Belgium and at the (then still existing linguistics department of the) Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig. In earlier years, I worked various studenty sort of jobs to support my studies (not to list them all, but one of them involved swords and another one regularly mowing grass off the roof of a small yellow building).