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Annika Tjuka, Linguist

News

+++ New blog post on how to compare NoRaRe data sets available here: https://calc.hypotheses.org/3109 +++

+++ Myself, Robert Forkel, and Johann-Mattis List will give an online presentation introducing the NoRaRe database and a case study on ratings for arousal and valence at The Words in the World (WoW) International Conference. Presentation notes are available here. +++

+++ The recording of my lecture on “Linguistic and Cultural Evolution” is available on YouTube. +++

+++ Our article introducing the Database of Cross-Linguistic Norms, Ratings, and Relations for Words and Concepts was published in Behavior Research Methods! The full article is avalable here. +++

+++ I won the Farzad Sharifian PhD Student Award for my presentation on body part extensions in Vietnamese at the Third Cultural Linguistics International Conference (CLIC-2021)! +++

+++ For some reading inspiration, take a look at my virtual bookshelf here. +++


About me

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).

Contact

mail@annikatjuka.com

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Curriculum Vitae

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Academic Degrees

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

Academic Positions

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.


Publications

Journal Articles

Tjuka, Annika, Robert Forkel, and Johann-Mattis List (2021): Linking norms, ratings, and relations of words and concepts across multiple language varieties. Behavior Research Methods. 1-21. DOI: https://doi.org/10.3758/s13428-021-01650-1.

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 Note: We had to add a small correction to our article.

Edited Volume Articles

Tjuka, Annika (forthcoming). “Body part extensions with mặt ‘face’ in Vietnamese”. In Kelsie Pattillo and Maɫgorzata Waśniewska (eds). Embodiment in Cross-Linguistic Studies: The ‘Face’. Brill Studies in Language, Cognition and Culture. Brill. Preprint: 10.17613/23np-nt91

Preprints

Tjuka, Annika (submitted). “The representation of foot/leg polysemy in the mind — Insights from Vietnamese body part extensions with chân.” HCommons. DOI: 10.17613/21y2-yz64

Proceedings

Tjuka, Annika (2020). General patterns and language variation: Word frequencies across English, German, and Chinese. In M. Zock, E. Chersoni, A. Lenci, and E. Santus (Eds.), Proceedings of the Workshop on the Cognitive Aspects of the Lexicon (pp. 23-32). Stroudsburg: Association for Computational Linguistics. Video available here.

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 Z. Vetulani and P. Paroubek (Eds.), Human language technologies as a challenge for computer science and linguistics. Proceedings of 9th Language & Technology Conference (pp. 195-199). Poznań: Wydawnictwo Nauka i Innowacje.

Blog posts

Tjuka, Annika. “Comparing NoRaRe data sets: Calculation of correlations and creation of plots in R,” in Computer-Assisted Language Comparison in Practice, 24/11/2021, https://calc.hypotheses.org/3109.

Tjuka, Annika. “A list of color, emotion, and human body part concepts,” in Computer-Assisted Language Comparison in Practice, 01/11/2021, https://calc.hypotheses.org/3023.

Tjuka, Annika. “Adding data sets to NoRaRe: A guide for beginners,” in Computer-Assisted Language Comparison in Practice, 11/08/2021, https://calc.hypotheses.org/2890.

Tjuka, Annika. “A multilingual body part concept list,” in Computer-Assisted Language Comparison in Practice, 14/06/2021, https://calc.hypotheses.org/2788.

Tjuka, Annika. “How to review concept lists in collaboration (How to do X in linguistics 6),” in Computer-Assisted Language Comparison in Practice, 15/03/2021, https://calc.hypotheses.org/2680.

Tjuka, Annika. “How to organize a virtual journal club (How to do X in linguistics 4),” in Computer-Assisted Language Comparison in Practice, 20/01/2021, https://calc.hypotheses.org/2613.

Tjuka, Annika. “Possibilities of digital communication in linguistics (How to do X in linguistics 2),” in Computer-Assisted Language Comparison in Practice, 07/12/2020, https://calc.hypotheses.org/2556.

Tjuka, Annika. “A list of 171 body part concepts,” in Computer-Assisted Language Comparison in Practice, 28/09/2020, https://calc.hypotheses.org/2512.

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.


Selected Talks

Some of my talks are available on YouTube.

2021

November. Comparing word properties across languages: A case study on ratings for arousal and valence. 2nd Words in the World (WoW) International Conference, Canada, online. Video available here.

October. Patterns of body~object colexifications across languages. Emerging Topics in Typology conference, University of Helsinki, Finland, online.

July. Norms, Ratings, and Relations for multiple languages. Meeting of the Department of Linguistic and Cultural Evolution, Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History, online.

June. The face of the moon - Body part extensions in Vietnamese. 3rd Cultural Linguistics International Conference (CLIC-2021), online.

May. Meanings of body part terms: Cross-linguistic colexifications between body parts and objects. 12th Dubrovnik Conference on Cognitive Science – Linguistic & Cognitive Foundations of Meaning (DUCOG2021), online. Video available here.

2020

December. General patterns and language variation: Word frequencies across English, German, and Chinese. 6th Cognitive Aspects of the Lexicon Workshop (CogALex) at COLING 2020, online. Video available here.

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

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

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

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Projects

Master’s Thesis

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

Affiliation

Computer-Assisted Language Comparison (CALC).

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

MelaTAMP

Databases

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

Concepticon. A Resource for the Linking of Concept Lists.

Organization

2021 | Organizing committee of the SHH Summer School - A doorway to human history Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History, online.

2019-2020 | Main coordinator of the DLCE departmental Journal Club Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History, Jena/online.


Teaching

Winter Semester 2021/22 | Same same but different: Semantic relations in language and thought, Seminar, Bachelor students, Department of English Studies, Friedrich Schiller University Jena, online. Syllabus available here.

August | Introduction to Linguistic & Cultural Evolution, Lecture, Master and PhD students, Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History, SHH Summer School - A doorway to human history, online. Video available here.

August | Bayesian phylogenetic linguistics, Class, Master and PhD students, Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History, SHH Summer School - A doorway to human history, online. Video available here.

Summer Semester 2021 | Words and their meanings across languages, Seminar, Bachelor students, Department of English Studies, Friedrich Schiller University Jena, online. Syllabus available here.

Winter Semester 2020/21 | The mental lexicon from a cross-linguistic perspective, Seminar, Bachelor students, Department of English Studies, Friedrich Schiller University Jena, online. Syllabus available here.


Outreach Activities

Tea with teachers

2021 | Four Ways to PhD, Friedrich Schiller University, Department of English Studies, online.

Long night of science

2019 | Mitmachangebot: “Versuchen Sie auf gleiche Art und Weise wie die Krähen Neukaledoniens an Nahrung zu gelangen”, Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History, Jena.


Inspiration

My virtual bookshelf

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My favorite podcasts