Annika TjukaDoctoral Researcher
My main goal is to answer questions about linguistic diversity with a focus on language variation in word meanings. I have a BA and MA degree in linguistics from the Humboldt University Berlin and am currently pursuing a doctorate at the University of Jena and the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History. I am a language scientist studying patterns and causes of words with multiple meanings. For my work, I use data from language documentation, large-scale databases, and computational methods. In my Master’s thesis, I conducted the first systematic study of body part extensions such as table leg and foot of the mountain. I examined the frequency of 95 expressions in 13 languages and the preferences for underlying analogy patterns based on similarity in shape, spatial orientation, and function. The first project of my doctoral research established 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 word properties.
- in progress Ph.D. in Linguistics at International Max Planck Research School for the Science of Human History (IMPRS-SHH) and Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena
Dissertation (working title): Language variation in word meanings: Cross-linguistic patterns and causes of colexifications
Supervisors: Johann-Mattis List and Stephen C. Levinson
- 2019 Master of Arts in Linguistics at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Master's thesis: Body-part metaphors as a window to cognition: A cross-linguistic study of object and landscape terms
Supervisors: Elisabeth Verhoeven and Kilu von Prince
- 2016 Bachelor of Arts in German Linguistics and Scandinavian Studies at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Bachelor's thesis: Emotionalisation through texts
Supervisors: Katharina Spalek and Manfred Krifka
- 2019 - Present Doctoral Researcher at Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History, Department of Linguistic and Cultural Evolution, Jena.
- 2019 Research Associate at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin in the FAHMRRR project, funded by ERC.
- 2017 - 2019 Student research assistant at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin in the MelaTAMP project, funded by DFG.
- 2016 - 2019 Student research assistant at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin in the FAHMRRR project, funded by ERC.
- 2018 Internship and student research assistant at Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Leipzig.