Annika Tjuka

Annika Tjuka
Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History · Department of Linguistic and Cultural Evolution

Master of Arts

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Introduction
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 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.
Additional affiliations
September 2019 - August 2022
Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History
Position
  • PhD Student
April 2019 - August 2019
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Position
  • Research Associate
June 2018 - March 2019
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Position
  • Research Assistant
Education
October 2016 - March 2019
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Field of study
  • Linguistik
October 2013 - September 2016
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Field of study
  • Germanistische Linguistik

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Publications (28)
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Intonation is a means of structuring discourse and one of its functions is to highlight new or contrasting information, i.e., focus. Speakers of different languages use a range of prosodic cues to mark focus. Compared to non-tonal languages such as English, tonal languages use pitch to distinguish lexical tones and focus marking. Determining the in...
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Psychologists and linguists collect various data on word and concept properties. In psychology, scholars have accumulated norms and ratings for a large number of words in languages with many speakers. In linguistics, scholars have accumulated cross-linguistic information about the relations between words and concepts. Until now, however, there have...
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Body part terms are often polysemous and commonly refer to concrete objects. The notion of the ambiguity of words has been discussed either with regard to homonymy or polysemy. The classical account by Apresjan (1974) subdivided the phenomenon of polysemy further into words with meanings that are metaphorically motivated or based on metonymy. This...
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In semantic typology, the human body has been a popular domain of study for cross-linguistic comparisons for many decades. Most studies focused on how languages segment the body into linguistic units (e.g., Enfield et al., 2006). They showed that three types of salience are important in segmenting the body into parts: spatial alignment, perceptual...
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This article details a correction to the article: Tjuka, A., Nguyen, H. T. T., & Spalek, K. (2020). Foxes, deer, and hedgehogs: The recall of focus alternatives in Vietnamese. 'Laboratory Phonology: Journal of the Association for Laboratory Phonology', 11(1), 16. DOI: http://doi.org/10.5334/labphon.253.
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Cross-linguistic studies of concepts provide valuable insights for the investigation of the mental lexicon. Recent developments of cross-linguistic databases facilitate an exploration of a diverse set of languages on the basis of comparative concepts. These databases make use of a well-established reference catalog, the Concepticon, which is built...
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In tonal languages, the role of intonation in information-structuring has yet to be fully investigated. Intuitively, one would expect intonation to play only a small role in expressing communicative functions. However, experimental studies with Vietnamese native speakers show that intonation contours vary across different contexts and are used to m...
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In tonal languages, the role of intonation in information-structuring has yet to be fully investigated. Intuitively, one would expect intonation to play only a small role in expressing communicative functions. However, experimental studies with Vietnamese native speakers show that intonation contours vary across different contexts and are used to m...
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Ullmann (1963) states: “[s]ince metaphor is based on the perception of similarities, […] when an analogy is obvious, it should give rise to the same metaphor in various languages; hence the wide currency of expressions like the ‘foot of a hill’ or the ‘leg of a table.’” Most studies in linguistics explore one dimension of similarity such as shape o...
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Psychologists and linguists have collected a great diversity of data for word and concept properties. In psychology, many studies accumulate norms and ratings such as word frequencies or age-of-acquisition often for a large number of words. Linguistics, on the other hand, provides valuable insights into relations of word meanings. We present a coll...
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Thus far, the cognitive foundation of lexicalized terms for object and landscape properties which are retrieved from the body domain have not been fully explored. Ullmann (1963) states: “Since metaphor is based on the perception of similarities, [...] when an analogy is obvious, it should give rise to the same metaphor in various languages; hence t...
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Thus far, the cognitive foundation of lexicalized terms for object and landscape properties which are retrieved from the body domain have not been fully explored. Ullmann (1963) states: “Since metaphor is based on the perception of similarities, […] when an analogy is obvious, it should give rise to the same metaphor in various languages; hence the...
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Primary data from small, low-resource languages of Oceania have only recently become available through language documentation. In our study, we explore corpus data of five Oceanic languages of Melanesia which are known to be mood-prominent (in the sense of Bhat, 1999). In order to find out more about tense, aspect, modality, and polarity, we tagged...
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Primary data from small, low-resource languages of Oceania have only recently become available through language documentation. In our study, we explore corpus data of five Oceanic languages of Melanesia which are known to be mood-prominent (in the sense of Bhat, 1999). In order to find out more about tense, aspect, modality, and polarity, we tagged...
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It is a common assumption that metaphors in which a body-part term is mapped to an object or landscape feature, e.g., ‘leg of the table’ or ‘foot of the mountain’, are a widespread phenomenon (Ullmann, 1963). However, studies which investigate these body-part metaphors in a variety of languages are scarce. By comparing individual languages, Levinso...
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Intuitively, in tonal languages, such as Vietnamese, one would expect intonation to play only a small role in expressing communicative functions. However, experimental studies which investigate the use of intonation and focus reject this generic claim (Đỗ et al. 1998, Vũ et al. 2006, Jannedy 2007). Moreover, Jannedy (2007) examined prosodic focus m...
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The Oceanic languages of Melanesia are generally small, low-resource languages, of which very little primary data is available. For our study on tense, aspect, and modality (TAM), we have access to richly annotated corpora from seven endangered Oceanic languages. In this paper, we describe some of the methods we used to investigate the category of...
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The Oceanic languages of Melanesia are generally small, low-resource languages, of which very little primary data is available. For our study on tense, aspect, and modality (TAM), we have access to richly annotated corpora from seven endangered Oceanic languages. In this paper, we describe some of the methods we used to investigate the category of...
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Ullmann (1963) states “[s]ince metaphor is based on the perception of similarities, [...] when an analogy is obvious, it should give rise to the same metaphor in various languages; hence the wide currency of expressions like the ‘foot of a hill’ or the ‘leg of a table’.” Studies such as Levinson (1994) and Tilbe (2017) have found that the dimension...
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Thus far, the cognitive basis of the mapping of body-part terms to object and landscape featureshas not been fully explored. Lakoff & Johnson (1980) declare that metaphors are pervasive in everyday life, and therefore, represent cognitive units which are responsible for the structuring, storage, and processing of information (concepts). However, th...
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In this talk, I present a cross-linguistic study of body-part metaphors in object and landscape terms such as the leg of the chair and the foot of the mountain. us far, the cognitive processes underlying the mapping of body-part terms to object and land- scape features have not been fully explored. Ullmann (1963) states “[s]ince metaphor is based o...
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My talk gives insights into the research area of linguistic fieldwork. Linguistic fieldwork aims to answer the question of how do speakers of different languages view the world? The first part of my talk will give an overview into this type of research and focuses on one common method: ‘targeted elicitation’. This method is used to explore detailed...
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Working as a student assistant in two differently oriented disciplines, namely typology and psycholinguistics, sometimes gives me the feeling of sitting between two chairs. In my presentation, I reflect on my thoughts of combining the two disciplines in my Master's thesis. First, I describe the two research projects – FAHMRRR and MelaTAMP – in whi...
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In my bachelor thesis I have dealt with the question, how texts are triggered by the readers emotions. In a first, theoretical part, I discussed the various approaches and theories from linguistics and psychology. Studies in psychology (see Kissler et al. 2007, Bayer/Sommer/Schacht 2011) show that even individual words cause emotional reactions. In...
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Vietnamese has been described as a tenseless language (Ngo 2010), where tenselessness is understood as the absence of obligatory tense marking in finite clauses. Nevertheless, there are tense and aspect markers that appear in spoken and written Vietnamese, such as the marker "sẽ" for future time reference: (1) Tôi sẽ nấu phở gà ‘I will cook chicken...
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The aim of my talk was to give an insight into the topic of language and emotions from a linguistic point of view. In my bachelor thesis I dealt with the question of how texts trigger emotions in the reader. The result of my corpus analysis of fundraising and stock market letters shows that fundraising calls use more emotional words. I discussed th...

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Investigate representation, recall and retrieval of focus alternatives using fMRI, EEG and behavioural methods. My project part is concerned with individual differences for focus alternative effects measures as recall. I will look at the contribution of linguistic, cognitive and focus related capabilities to the variability found in focus alternative exploitation.