Heinke Syring studied English and Economic and Social History in Göttingen. In 2012 she finished her Master?s degree in English and Linguistics. During her Master?s studies she gained experience in applied and empirical linguistics, both in Göttingen and during a one-year stay in Reading (UK). As a Student Research Assistant in the Psycholinguistic Labratory she helped designing and running experiments of various methods (reading time, speech production, eye-tracking). In her MA thesis she worked on animacy and referential choice.
Since October 2012 she has been working as Research Assistant at the Linguistics Department in the German Department of Göttingen University. She teaches the use of experimental methods in empirical linguistics. Under supervision of Prof. Dr. Anke Holler she writes her PhD thesis enlarging upon animacy and anaphora.