“A curious mind is limitless.”
Annika Tjuka, Linguist
+++ I’m going to give a talk entitled “Meanings of body part terms: Cross-linguistic colexifications between body parts and objects” at DUCOG in May. +++
+++ Check out my new blog post on “How to review concept lists in collaboration” in Computer-Assisted Language Comparison in Practice. +++
+++ We submitted a Preprint for our article ‘Linking Norms, Ratings, and Relations of Words and Concepts Across Multiple Language Varieties.’ to PsyArXiv. +++
+++ For some reading inspiration, take a look at my virtual bookshelf here. +++
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.
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
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 (in review). “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
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
Tjuka, Annika, Robert Forkel, and Johann-Mattis List (in review). “Linking Norms, Ratings, and Relations of Words and Concepts Across Multiple Language Varieties.” PsyArXiv. July 27. https://psyarxiv.com/tgw3z/
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.
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.
Talks (most recent)
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, 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.
upcoming (August) | Introduction to linguistics & cultural evolution, Lecture, MA/PhD, Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History, Summer School, online.
Summer Semester 2021 | Words and their meanings across languages, Seminar, BA, Friedrich Schiller University Jena, online. Syllabus available here.
Winter Semester 2020/21 | The mental lexicon from a cross-linguistic perspective, Seminar, BA,
Friedrich Schiller University Jena, online. Syllabus available here.
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.
My virtual bookshelf
My favorite podcasts