Annika Tjuka, Linguist
I am a PhD Student at the International Max Planck Research School for the Science of Human History (IMPRS-SHH). The topic of my research is “Cross-Linguistic Strategies of Denotation: Advancing data and methods in lexical typology”.
I am interested in how different languages classify the objects around them. In my Master’s thesis, I conducted the first systematic typological study on body part extensions in object and landscape terms. The cognitive foundation of expressions like ‘foot of the mountain’ or ‘eye of the needle’ were also of interest to me.
My main goal is to accumulate the knowledge of various languages and bring it into the field of psycholinguistics. Thus, in my last project (FAHMRRR), I investigated the recall of focus alternatives in Vietnamese native speakers.
Body-part metaphors as a window to cognition: A cross-linguistic study of object and landscape terms
Supervisors: Prof. Dr. Elisabeth Verhoeven and Dr. Kilu von Prince
Description: I conducted the first systematic typological study of body-part metaphors in object and landscape terms. The study consisted of 53 pictures illustrating object and landscape parts which were based on 93 body-part metaphors. The analysis showed that some metaphors are far more consistent across languages than others. For example, ‘leg of the chair/table’ is present throughout the whole language sample.
Emotionalisation through texts
Supervisors: Prof. Dr. Katharina Spalek and Prof. Dr. Manfred Krifka
Description: I collaborated with a software engineer to search my text corpora for emotional words. For this, we created a tool which utilized the Natural Language Processing Kit in Python, so that it could analyze the text corpora and compare them with a list of 3000 words. Afterwards, I analyzed the frequency and psycholinguistic measures of the matching words. The results of my study show that there are more emotional words in donation letters than in stock market letters.
2019 - Present | PhD Student at International Max Planck Research School for the Science of Human History (IMPRS-SHH) and Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena. Supervisors: Dr. Johann-Mattis List and Prof. Dr. Volker Gast
2016 - 2019 | Master of Arts in Linguistics at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
2012 - 2016 | Bachelor of Arts in German Linguistics and Scandinavian Studies at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Work experience (in Academia)
2019 | Reseach Associate in the FAHMRRR project, funded by the European Research Council (ERC): An investigation of how humans process meaning in utterances, concentrating on focus alternatives. In my project, I investigate the recall of focus alternatives among Vietnamese speakers. Principal investigator: Prof. Dr. Katharina Spalek
2017 - 2019 | Student research assistant in the MelaTAMP project, funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG): A corpus- based research on TAM and polarity expressions in Oceanic languages of Melanesia. Principal investigators: Dr. Kilu von Prince, Prof. Dr. Manfred Krifka
2016 - 2019 | Student research assistant in the FAHMRRR project, funded by the European Research Council (ERC). Principal investigator: Prof. Dr. Katharina Spalek
2018 | Internship and student research assistant in the group ‘Modulation of Language Networks’ at the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences. Group head: Dr. Gesa Hartwigsen
2020 - Present | PhD representative for the DLCE department, Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History
2017 - 2018 | Women’s representative for Institute of Romance Studies, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Participation (Summer/Winter Schools, Workshops)
Workshop on Reproducible Research Data Management, Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History, Jena, Germany.
Summer Neurolinguistics School at the National Research University Higher School of Economics, Center for Language and Brain, Moscow, Russia.
Tjuka, Annika (submitted). “Body part extensions with mặt ‘face’ in Vietnamese.”
Tjuka, Annika, Huong Thi Thu Nguyen, and Katharina Spalek (submitted). “Foxes, deer, or hedgehogs - The recall of focus alternatives in Vietnamese.” Special Collection on Prosody and Speech Processing across Languages and Varieties in Laboratory Phonology.
Tjuka, Annika, Lena Weißmann, and Kilu von Prince (2019). “Tagging modality in Oceanic languages of Melanesia.” In Proceedings of 13th Linguistic Annotation Workshop. ACL Special Interest Group on Annotation.
Tjuka, Annika, Lena Weißmann, and Kilu von Prince (2019). “Habitual aspect as a property of text spans.” In Zygmunt Vetulani and Patrick Paroubek (eds.) Human language technologies as a challenge for computer science and linguistics. Proceedings of 9th Language & Technology Conference. Poznań: Wydawnictwo Nauka i Innowacje, 195-199.
Tjuka, Annika. “Adding concept lists to Concepticon: A guide for beginners,” in Computer-Assisted Language Comparison in Practice, 29/01/2020, https://calc.hypotheses.org/2225.
September. Revealing cognitive patterns: A cross-linguistic study of body-part metaphors. 13th International Conference of the Association for Linguistic Typology, Pavia, IT.
August. With Lena Weißmann and Kilu von Prince. Tagging modality in Oceanic languages of Melanesia. The 13th Linguistic Annotation Workshop in conjunction with ACL, Florence, IT.
May. With Lena Weißmann and Kilu von Prince. Habitual aspect as a property of text spans. 9th Language & Technology Conference, Poznań, Poland.
May. (job talk) Finding patterns - How to discover part-whole relations in cross-linguistic data. Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History, Jena, DE.
March. (job talk) The cognitive foundation of body-part metaphors. Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, Nijmegen, NL.
November. The belly of the cabbage - Body-part metaphors as a window into the mind. Colloquium Syntax and Semantic. Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, DE.
October. Elicitation in linguistic fieldwork - or how to capture a speaker’s view of the world. 3rd Conference for Student Research. Bochum, DE.
August. Can typological studies show us how the brain processes language? 5th Linguistik Meet-up Berlin-Potsdam. Potsdam, DE.
July. (job talk) Including linguistic variation to understand the processing of language. Universität des Saarlandes. Saarbrücken, DE.
May. Don’t judge from the outside: A deeper look into the Vietnamese tense system. 63rd Student Conference Linguistics (StuTS). Kiel, DE.
April. Time and perspective in a supposedly tenseless language. 12th T.W.I.S.T. Student Conference for Linguistics, Leiden, NL.
August. A cross-linguistic study of body-part metaphors and their cognitive basis. 52nd Annual Meeting of the Societas Linguistica Europaea. Leipzig University, Germany.
July. ‘The leg of the table’ – Universal patterns of mapping body-part terms to object and landscape properties. Concepts of Humans and Nature between Specificity and Universality. Johannes Gutenberg-Universität, Mainz, Germany.
July. With Huong Thi Thu Nguyen and Katharina Spalek. Shirts, scarves, or socks – Remembering focus alternatives in Vietnamese. Summer Neurolinguistics School 2019. National Research University Higher School of Economics, Center for Language and Brain, Moskow, Russia.
March. The heel of the bread and the tongue of the sea - Body-part metaphors in object and landscape terms. The Creative Power of Metaphor. Worcester College, Oxford, United Kingdom.