Annika Tjuka

Dept. of Linguistic and Cultural Evolution

Main Focus

I’m a linguist and currently working as a doctoral researcher at the MPI for the Science of Human History. I studied linguistics at Humboldt University Berlin, focusing on psycholinguistics and typology. My research interest is the diversity of language variation in word meanings. In my master’s thesis, I conducted the first systematic study of body part extensions such as the table leg and foot of the mountain. I examined the frequency of these expressions in 13 languages and the preferences for the underlying similarity dimensions (shape, spatial orientation, function). For my doctoral research, I collaborated in establishing the Database of Cross-Linguistic Norms, Ratings, and Relations for Words and Concepts (NoRaRe), which contains 98 datasets from linguistics and psychology across 40 languages including 65 properties (e.g., frequency, sensorimotor ratings, borrowability). My research profile: https://youtu.be/KieYIwMyNc0

Curriculum Vitae

Since September 2019 PhD Student at the International Max Planck Research School for the Science of Human History (IMPRS-SHH) and the Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena. Supervisor: Dr. Johann-Mattis List
Dissertation (working title): Language variation in word meanings: Cross-linguistic patterns and causes of colexifications

Academic Degrees

Academic positions

  • 2019 Research Associate in the FAHMRRR project, funded by ERC, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin: The project investigates the questions of how focus alternatives are retrieved from our mental lexicon, how they are represented in the brain and how they are remembered.
  • 2017 - 2019 Student research assistant in the MelaTAMP project, funded by DFG, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin: The project explores the expression of tense, aspect, modality and polarity in oceanic languages of Melanesia.
  • 2016 - 2019 Student research assistant in the FAHMRRR project, funded by ERC, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
  • 2018 Internship and student research assistant, Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences
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