Annika Tjuka, Linguist


+++ I’ll present a paper on ‘General patterns and language variation: Word frequencies across English, German, and Chinese’ at CogALex VI. For the slides click here. +++

+++ We submitted a Preprint for our article ‘Linking Norms, Ratings, and Relations of Words and Concepts Across Multiple Language Varieties.’ to PsyArXiv. +++

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About me

I’m a linguist. My area of expertise is semantics, specifically semantic typology. I’m fascinated by the mental lexicon and the cognitive basis of semantic networks. My research is looking at language from a cross-linguistic perspective. So far, I conducted the first systematic study of body part terms for objects and landscape features in my Master’s thesis. And I’m now a PhD at the MPI for the Science of Human History.





Journal Articles

Tjuka, Annika, Huong Thi Thu Nguyen, and Katharina Spalek (2020). Foxes, deer, and hedgehogs: The recall of focus alternatives in Vietnamese. Laboratory Phonology: Journal of the Association for Laboratory Phonology 11(1). 1–29. DOI: 10.5334/labphon.253


Tjuka, Annika, Robert Forkel, and Johann-Mattis List (submitted). “Linking Norms, Ratings, and Relations of Words and Concepts Across Multiple Language Varieties.” PsyArXiv. July 27.

Tjuka, Annika (submitted). “Body part extensions with mặt ‘face’ in Vietnamese.” HCommons.


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.

Blog posts

Tjuka, Annika. “A list of 171 body part concepts,” in Computer-Assisted Language Comparison in Practice, 28/09/2020,

Tjuka, Annika. “Adding concept lists to Concepticon: A guide for beginners,” in Computer-Assisted Language Comparison in Practice, 29/01/2020,



October. The eye/ear of the needle – Cross-linguistic differences in body part extensions. 1st Words in the World (WoW) International Conference, online. Video available here.

September. Defining the obvious: How to measure similarity? 16th Sprachwissenschaftliche Tagung für Promotionsstudierende, Wien, AT (online).

April. Similarity as the basis for meaning extensions. Meeting of Department of Linguistic and Cultural Evolution, Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History, Jena, DE (online).


Curriculum Vitae

Academic Education

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



Body-part metaphors as a window to cognition: A cross-linguistic study of object and landscape terms

Database of Cross-Linguistic Norms, Ratings, and Relations for Words and Concepts

Concepticon. A Resource for the Linking of Concept Lists.

Focus alternatives in the human mind: Retrieval, Representation and Recall (FAHMRRR)



Winter semester 2020/21 | The mental lexicon from a cross-linguistic perspective, Seminar, BA, Friedrich Schiller University Jena, online.