Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

Selected publications


  • Aktionsart und Kompositionalität. Zur kompositionellen Ableitung der Aktionsart komplexer Kategorien, Berlin: Akademie-Verlag (studia grammatica 37), 1994 (dissertation).


Edited volumes


Articles in journals

  • ‘Beginning novels and finishing hamburgers. Remarks on the semantics of to begin’, Journal of Semantics 20 (2003), 163-191.
  • ‘Semantic construction for reinterpretation phenomena’, Linguistics 40 (2002), 579-609.
  • Wh-questions in underspecified minimal recursion semantics’, Journal of Semantics 15 (1998), 37-82.
  • ‘Steuerung der Inferenz in der Diskursverarbeitung’, Kognitionswissenschaft 7 (1998), 106-110 (with C. Gardent and M. Kohlhase).
  • ‘The intergressive as a new category of verbal Aktionsart’, Journal of Semantics 12 (1995), 311-356.
  • ‘Zur Typologie subjektfinaler Sprachen’, Linguistische Berichte 126 (1990), 95-114.


Book chapters and conference papers

  • ‘A metaphor corpus for German’, Proceedings of LREC 2022, (with V. Kordoni), 2022.

  • ‘To those walking in the footsteps of the faith: deliberate metaphor in the Pauline epistles’, in C. Di Biase-Dyson and M. Egg (eds) Drawing attention to metaphor. Case studies across time periods, cultures and modes, Amsterdam: Benjamins, 233-266, 2020.
  • ‘Drawing attention to metaphor. An introduction to the debate’, in C. Di Biase-Dyson and M. Egg (eds) Drawing attention to metaphor. Case studies across time periods, cultures and modes, 1-15, Amsterdam: Benjamins (with C. Di Biase-Dyson), 2020.
  • ‘Drinking (a glass of) milk’, in L. Matthewson, C. Meier, H. Rullmann, and Th. E. Zimmermann (eds), Companion to Semantics, Hoboken: Wiley, 2020.
  • Annotation and automatic classification of aspectual categories’, in Proceedings of ACL 2019, Florence, Italy (with Helena Prepens and Will Roberts), 2019.
  • Discourse particles in responses’, in Noa Brandel (ed.), IATL 33 Proceedings, MIT Working papers in Linguistics 89, 69-86, 2018.
  • ‘A large automatically-acquired all-words list of multiword expressions scored for compositionality’, in Proceedings of LREC 2018 (with W. Roberts), 2018.

  • ‘Improving Machine Translation of educational content via crowdsourcing’, in Proceedings of LREC 2018 (with M. Behnke et al.), 2018.

  • ‘A multilingual wikified data set of educational material’, in Proceedings of LREC 2018 (with I. Hendrickx et al.), 2018.

  • ‘Translation crowdsourcing: Creating a multilingual corpus of online educational content’, in Proceedings of LREC 2018 (with V. Sosoni et al.), 2018.
  • ‘The syntax and semantics of discourse particles’, in J. Bayer and V. Struckmeyer (eds), Discourse particles. Approaches to their syntax and semantics, Berlin, de Gruyter, 15-48 (with J. Mursell), 2017.
  • Spatial metaphors in the Pauline epistles’, in Fabian Horn and Cilliers Breytenbach (eds), Spatial metaphors. Ancient texts and transformations, Berlin, Edition Topoi, 103-126, 2016.
  • ‘Of passions cooled down again and flats uncleaned’, in Irene Rapp, Anja Lubbe, and Christian Fortmann (eds), Situationsargumente im Nominalbereich, Berlin, de Gruyter, 315-338, 2015.
  • A comparison of selectional preference models for automatic verb classification’, in Proceedings of the 2014 Conference on Empirical Methods in Natural Language Processing (EMNLP), 511-522, Doha, Qatar (with W. Roberts).
  • ‘Subcategorisation acquisition from raw text for a free word-order language’, in Proceedings of the 14th Conference of the European Chapter of the Association for Computational Linguistics, 298-307, Gothenburg, Sweden (with W. Roberts and V. Kordoni).
  • ‘Discourse particles, common ground, and felicity conditions’, in Daniel Gutzmann and Hans-Martin Gärtner (eds), Beyond expressives: Explorations in use-conditional meaning, Leiden, Brill, 127-151, 2013.
  • ‘Don't mince your words: In defense of lexical integrity’, in Holden Härtl (ed.), Interfaces of morphology, Berlin, Akademie-Verlag, 107-126, 2013.
  • Stressed out! Accented discourse particles - the case of DOCH’, in Ana Aguilar, Anna Chernilovskaya, and Rick Nouwen (eds), Proceedings of Sinn und Bedeutung 16: Volume 1, MIT Working Papers in Linguistics, 225-238 (with M. Zimmermann), 2012.
  • ‘Multi-layered discourse annotation of a Dutch text corpus’, in Proceedings of LREC 2012, Istanbul (with G. Redeker, I. Berzlánovich, N. van der Vliet, and G. Bouma).
  • ‘Discourse particles at the semantics-pragmatics interface’, in Werner Abrahm and Elisabeth Leiss (eds), Modality and Theory of Mind elements across languages, Berlin, de Gruyter, 297-333, 2012.
  • ‘Coherence structure and lexical cohesion in expository and persuasive texts’, in Anton Benz and Peter Kühnlein (eds), Constraints in Discourse III, Amsterdam, Benjamins, 137-163 (with I. Berzlánovich and G. Redeker), 2012.
  • Underspecification’, in Claudia Maienborn, Klaus v. Heusinger, and Paul Portner (eds): Semantics: an international handbook of natural language meaning, Berlin: de Gruyter, 533 -572, 2011.
  • A unified account of the semantics of discourse particles’, in Proceedings of SIGDIAL 2010, University of Tokyo, 132-138.
  • How complex is discourse structure?’, in Proceedings of LREC 2010, University of Malta, 1619-1623 (with G. Redeker).
  • ‘The interaction of coherence and lexical cohesion across genres’, in A. Backus, M. Keijzer, I. Vedder, and B. Weltens (eds), Artikelen van de Zesde Anélaconferentie. 2009. Delft: Eburon, 33-42 (with I. Berzlánovich and G. Redeker).
  • Efficient processing of underspecified discourse representations’, in Proceedings of ACL-08: HLT, Short Papers 2008 (with Michaela Regneri and Alexander Koller).
  • Underspecified modelling of complex discourse constraints’, in Proceedings of Coling 2008: Companion volume: Posters 2008 (with Michaela Regneri).
  • ‘Reference to embedded eventualities’, in Johannes Dölling, Tatjana Heyde-Zybatow, and Martin Schäfer (eds), Event structures in linguistic form and interpretation, Berlin: de Gruyter 2008. 149-172.
  • Underspecified discourse representation’, in Anton Benz and Peter Kühnlein (eds), Constraints in Discourse, Amsterdam: Benjamins (Pragmatics & Beyond) 2008, 117-138 (with G. Redeker).
  • Aspect and coercion in Ancient Greek’, in Maria Aloni, Paul Dekker, and Floris Roelofsen (eds), Proceedings of the 16th Amsterdam Colloquium, Universiteit van Amsterdam 2007, 49-54 (with C. Bary).
  • Meaning and use of rhetorical questions’, in Maria Aloni, Paul Dekker, and Floris Roelofsen (eds), Proceedings of the 16th Amsterdam Colloquium, Universiteit van Amsterdam 2007, 73-78.
  • ‘The syntax and semantics of relative clause modification’, in Khal'il Simanan, Maarten de Rijke, Remko Scha, and Rob van Son (eds), Proceedings of the Sixteenth Computational Linguistics in the Netherlands, Universiteit Amsterdam 2007, 49-56.
  • Naar een semi-automatische analyse van tekststructuren in corpora’, in Hans Hoeken, Berna Hendriks, and Peter Jan Schellens (eds), Studies in taalbeheersing 2, Assen: Van Gorcum 2006, 41-52 (with G. Redeker).
  • ‘Mismatches at the syntax-semantics interface’, in Stefan Müller (ed.): Proceedings of the 11th International Conference on Head-Driven Phrase Structure Grammar, Stanford: CSLI Publications 2004, 119-139.
  • ‘Intergressivprädikate. Stiefkinder der Aspektsemantik’, in L. Gautier und D. Haberkorn (eds): Aspekt und Aktionsarten im heutigen Deutsch (Eurogermanistik), Tübingen: Stauffenburg 2004, 103-118.
  • ‘Type coercion from a natural language generation point of view’, in Holden Härtl and Heike Tappe (eds): Mediating between Concepts and Grammar. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter 2003, 323-348 (with K. Striegnitz).
  • ‘A compositional account of VP ellipsis’, in Frank Van Eynde, Lars Hellan, and Dorothee Beermann (eds): Proceedings of the 8th International Conference on Head-Driven Phrase Structure Grammar, Stanford: CSLI Publications 2002, 162-179 (with K. Erk).
  • ‘Derivation and resolution of ambiguities in wieder-sentences’, in P. Dekker (ed), Proceedings of the 12th Amsterdam Colloquium 1999, 109-114.
  • ‘Constraints over Lambda structures in semantic underspecification’, Proceedings of ACL/COLING '98 (1998), 353-359 (with J. Niehren, P. Ruhrberg, and F. Xu).
  • ‘Dynamic control of scope underspecification’, in P. Dekker et al. (eds), Proceedings of the 11th Amsterdam Colloquium 1998, 109-114 (with Michael Kohlhase).
  • ‘Aspect and quantification. An iterative approach’, in P. Dekker and M. Stokhof (eds), Proceedings of the 10th Amsterdam Colloquium 1996, 203-221.
  • ‘Semantic underspecification and modifier attachment ambiguities’, in J. Kilbury and R. Wiese (eds), Integrative Ansätze in der Computerlinguistik (DGfS/CL '95), Düsseldorf, Seminar für Allgemeine Sprachwissenschaft 1995, 19-24 (with K. Lebeth).
  • ‘A type hierarchy for aspectual classification’, in H. Trost (ed.), KONVENS '94. Verarbeitung natürlicher Sprache, Berlin: Springer 1994, 92-101 (with M. Herweg).
  • ‘Zur Repräsentation extrem polysemer Lexeme’, in M. Schwarz (ed.), Kognitive Semantik/Cognitive Semantics, Tübingen: Narr 1994, 163-177.


Entries in encyclopedias

  • several entries in Christa Dürscheid and Stefan Schierholz (eds), Wörterbücher zur Sprach- und Kommunikationswissenschaft vol. 1.1: Grammatik/Formenlehre 2009.