Dr. Julia Lukassek

Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

Institut für deutsche Sprache und Linguistik

Julia Lukassek is a postdoc in project C04 “Register knowledge in advanced learner language”. In her research, she investigates how learners master the challenge to speak and write not only correctly with respect to lexicon and structure, but to use the adequate register. Methodologically, Julia pursues the strategy to complete machine-driven corpus analysis with detailed manual annotations and evaluations. Beyond her research on learner language, she publishes work on the semantics of verbs and modifiers. The core area of her papers is the interaction of lexical semantics with compositionality and conceptual knowledge. Methodologically, these publications are located within dynamic lexical semantics frameworks.


C04 Register knowledge in advanced learner language



Publications & Presentations


  • Lüdeling, Anke; Lukassek, Julia; Akbari, Roodabeh  (2023) Guidelines for the Morphological Annotation of Nouns in the Falko Learner Corpus  In: REALIS: Register Aspects of Language in Situation [DOI] [PDF] [ViVo]
    These guidelines describe the annotation of different types of nominal word forma-
    tion in German. We also report on the evaluation of these guidelines in the Falko
  • Pescuma, Valentina Nicole; Serova, Dina; Lukassek, Julia; Sauermann, Antje; Schäfer, Roland; Adli, Aria; Bildhauer, Felix; Egg, Markus; Hülk, Kristina; Ito, Aine; Jannedy, Stefanie; Kordoni, Valia; Kühnast, Milena; Kutscher, Silvia; Lange, Robert; Lehmann, Nico; Liu, Mingya; Lütke, Beate; Maquate, Katja; Mooshammer, Christine; Mortezapour, Vahid; Müller, Stefan; Norde, Muriel; Pankratz, Elizabeth; Patarroyo, Angela Giovanna; Plesca, Ana-Maria; Ronderos, Camilo R.; Rotter, Stephanie; Sauerland, Uli; Schulte, Britta; Schüppenhauer, Gediminas; Sell, Bianca Maria; Solt, Stephanie; Terada, Megumi; Tsiapou, Dimitra; Verhoeven, Elisabeth; Weirich, Melanie; Wiese, Heike; Zaruba, Kathy; Zeige, Lars Erik; Lüdeling, Anke; Knoeferle, Pia; Schnelle, Gohar  (2023) Situating language register across the ages, languages, modalities, and cultural aspects: Evidence from complementary methods  In: Frontiers in Psychology [DOI] [PDF] [ViVo]
    In the present review paper by members of the collaborative research center ‘Register: Language Users’ Knowledge of SituationalFunctional Variation’ (CRC 1412), we assess the pervasiveness of register phenomena across different time periods, languages, modalities, and cultures. We define ‘register’ as recurring variation in language use depending on the function of language and on the social situation. Informed by rich data, we aim to better understand and model the knowledge involved in situation- and function-based use of language register. In order to achieve this goal, we are using complementary methods and measures. In the review, we start by clarifying the concept of ‘register’, by reviewing the state of the art, and by setting out our methods and modeling goals. Against this background, we discuss three key challenges, two at the methodological level and one at the theoretical level: 1. To better uncover registers in text and spoken corpora, we propose changes to established analytical approaches. 2. To tease apart between-subject variability from the linguistic variability at issue (intra-individual situation based register variability), we use within-subject designs and the modeling of individuals’ social, language, and educational background. 3. We highlight a gap in cognitive modeling, viz. modeling the mental representations of register (processing), and present our first attempts at filling this gap. We argue that the targeted use of multiple complementary methods and measures supports investigating the pervasiveness of register phenomena and yields comprehensive insights into the cross-methodological robustness of register-related language variability. These comprehensive insights in turn provide a solid foundation for associated cognitive modeling.
  • Lehmann, Nico; Serova, Dina; Lukassek, Julia; Döring, Sophia; Goymann, Frank; Lüdeling, Anke; Akbari, Roodabeh  (2023) Guidelines for the annotation of parameters of narration.  In: REALIS: Register Aspects of Language in Situation [DOI] [PDF] [ViVo]
    The present guidelines describe the annotation of narrative phenomena on the clause level, using a combination of ideas and methods from linguistics and lit- erary studies. The main categories marking the discourse strategy “narration” in stretches of text have been narrowed down to mediacy, i. e. involving a narrator, and sequentiality of events. This document specifies how to define mediacy, and in turn determine whether a narrator is present, as well as how to identify events and their sequential ordering. Lastly, a functional layer annotation is proposed which allows researchers to compare different types of narrative instances. This offers a basis for investigating a potential narrative register which is said to be important for many kinds of register studies.
  • Shadrova, Anna; Lindscheid, Pia; Lukassek, Julia; Lüdeling, Anke; Schneider, Sarah  (2021) A Challenge for Contrastive L1/L2 Corpus Studies: Large Inter- and Intra-Individual Variation Across Morphological, but Not Global Syntactic Categories in Task-Based Corpus Data of a Homogeneous L1 German Group  In: Frontiers in Psychology [DOI] [PDF] [ViVo]
    In this paper, we present corpus data that questions the concept of native speaker homogeneity as it is presumed in many studies using native speakers (L1) as a control group for learner data (L2), especially in corpus contexts. Usage-based research on second and foreign language acquisition often investigates quantitative differences between learners, and usually a group of native speakers serves as a control group, but often without elaborating on differences within this group to the same extent. We examine inter-personal differences using data from two well-controlled German native speaker corpora collected as control groups in the context of second and foreign language research. Our results suggest that certain linguistic aspects vary to an extent in the native speaker data that undermines general statements about quantitative expectations in L1. However, we also find differences between phenomena: while morphological and syntactic sub-classes of verbs and nouns show great variability in their distribution in native speaker writing, other, coarser categories, like parts of speech, or types of syntactic dependencies, behave more predictably and homogeneously. Our results highlight the necessity of accounting for inter-individual variance in native speakers where L1 is used as a target ideal for L2. They also raise theoretical questions concerning a) explanations for the divergence between phenomena, b) the role of frequency distributions of morphosyntactic phenomena in usage-based linguistic frameworks, and c) the notion of the individual adult native speaker as a general representative of the target language in language acquisition studies or language in general.
  • Presentations

  • Schulte, Britta; Lukassek, Julia  (2022) Narration in Context: Between Linguistic Theory and Empirical Operationalization - Introduction  In: 44. Jahrestagung der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Sprachforschung (DGfS), Tübingen, zoom [ViVo]
  • Lüdeling, Anke; Lukassek, Julia  (2021) Zum Erwerb von Registerwissen bei Lerner:innen des Deutschen als Fremdsprache. Registerstudien in Lernerkorpora  In: Colloquium Uni Gießen [ViVo]
  • Lüdeling, Anke; Lukassek, Julia  (2021) Registerwissen und morphologische Struktur. Eine Studie zu komplexen Wörtern bei Lerner:innen des Deutschen als Fremdsprache und Muttersprachler:innen  In: SPIGL [ViVo]

Professional Experience

Since 04/2020
Postdoc in CRC 1412, project C04

Researcher, lexicographer
Digitales Wörterbuch der deutschen Sprache (dwds.de)

(Parental leave 10/2015-11/2016 and 06/2018-07/2019)
German Institute at Tübingen University, group of Prof. Dr. C. Maienborn and CRC 833, project A1

Visiting scholar at IRIT (Nicholas Asher’s lab)
Université Paul Sabatier, Toulouse


11/2011 – 03/2020
PhD studies in Germanic linguistics
Tübingen University

04/2010 – 10/2012
Undergraduate studies in Russian (minor)
Tübingen University, graduated with the 1st state exam for secondary school teachers

10/2005 – 10/2011
Undergraduate studies in German and catholic Theology (major)
Tübingen University, graduated with the 1st state exam for secondary school teachers

09/2009 – 01/2010
Exchange semester in Russian Language and Culture
Moscow State University

02 – 07/2009
Exchange semester in German studies and French Language and Culture
Université Paris XII

  • syntactic, morphological and semantic aspects of modification
  • narrative and argumentative registers
  • learner language, especially advanced foreign language acquisition
  • verb interpretation at the semantics-pragmatics interface
  • corpuslinguistic methods
  • reading time and acceptability studies

Publications beyond CRC 1412:

  • Lukassek, J., M. Ermakova, J. Nau (2022) German zum-PPs as adjective intensifiers. To appear in: D. Gutzmann, S. Repp (Eds.) Proceedings of Sinn und Bedeutung 26.
  • Lukassek, J. (2020). Lexikalische Semantik und Kombinatorik stativ-eventiv-ambiger Verben. Studien zur deutschen Grammatik 98. Tübingen: Stauffenburg.
  • Lukassek, J. & A. A. Spalek (2018). Distinguishing coercion and underspecification in Type Composition Logic. In: Sauerland, U. & Solt, S. (eds.), Proceedings of Sinn und Bedeutung 22, vol. 2. Berlin: ZAS Papers in Linguistics, 71–87. (Download
  • Dima, C., Ma, J. Bücking, S., Buscher, F., Herdtfelder, J., Lukassek, J., Prysłopska, A., Hinrichs, E., De Kok, D. und Maienborn, C. (2017). A Corpus-Based Model of Semantic Plausibility for German Bracketing Paradoxes. Corpora in the Digital Humanities (CDH) Bloomington, Indiana. (Download)
  • Lukassek, J., A. Prysłopska, R. Hörnig & C. Maienborn (2017). The semantic processing of motion verbs: coercion or underspecification? Journal of Psycholinguistic Research, 46(4), S. 805-825. (Download)
  • Lukassek, J. (2015). A single-event analysis for German eventive mit-modifiers. Eva Csipak & Hedde Zeijlstra (Hg.) Proceedings of Sinn und Bedeutung 19, S. 375-392. (Download)
  • Lukassek, J. (2012). Stativ-/eventiv-ambige Verben im Deutschen. In: WLG 76A, S. 131-152. (Download)
  • Lukassek, J. (2011). Stativ-/eventiv-ambige Verben im Deutschen. Unpublished thesis for German state exam, submitted at Universität Tübingen. 

Talks and Posters beyond CRC 1412:

  • Lukassek, J., M. Ermakova & J. Nau (2021) Zum-PPs as adjective intensifiers. Talk at “Sinn und Bedeutung 26”, Köln/Zoom, 08.-10.09.2021.
  • Ermakova, M., J. Lukassek & J. Nau (2020) Zum Schreien knifflig: zum-Präpositionalphrasen als Adjektivintensivierer. Talk at „Ereignissemantik 2020“, Tübingen / digital, 06.-07.11.2020.
  • Prysłopska, A., Lukassek, J. & Maienborn, C. (2018). Coercion or underspecification? An eye-tracking study of motion verbs. Poster at „Linguistic Evidence 2018“, Tübingen, 15.-17.02.2018.
  • Lukassek, J. (2017). Coercion and underspecification integrated: The state-event-ambiguity of aspectual verbs, Vortrag bei „Workshop on Approaches to Coercion and Polysemy“, Oslo, 20.-21.11.2017.
  • Lukassek, J. (2017). Accounting for the combinatorial options of aspectual verbs. „The building blocks and mortar of meaning II“, Tübingen, 3.-4.11.2017.
  • Lukassek, J. & Spalek, A. A. (2017). Distinguishing Underspecification and Coercion in Type Composition Logic.  „Sinn und Bedeutung 22“, Potsdam, 07.-10.09.2017.
  • Prysłopska. A., Lukassek, J. & Maienborn, C. (2016). Eye-Tracking Study of Motion Verbs: Coercion or Underspecification?, Poster at „AMLAP 2016“, Bilbao, 01.-03.09.2016.
  • Spalek, A. A. & Lukassek, J. (2016). Underspecification and coercion: Where conceptual knowledge meets compositional semantics. „17. Szklarska Poręba Workshop“, Szklarska Poręba (Poland), 4.-7.03.2016.
  • Lukassek, J., Prysłopska, A., Hörnig, R. & Maienborn, C. (2015). The semantic processing of motion verbs: coercion or underspecification? Poster at „CUNY 28“, University of Southern California, Los Angeles (USA), 19.-21.03.2015.
  • Lukassek, J. (2014). Flexible Einbindung von Partizipanten: Eine Fallstudie zu Verben der sprachlichen Äußerung. Vortrag bei „Ereignissemantik und lexikalische Semantik“, Jena, 28.-29.11.2014. (Handout)
  • Lukassek, J. (2014). A one-(complex-)event analysis for German eventive mit-Modifiers. Vortrag bei „Sinn und Bedeutung 19“, Göttingen, 15.-17.09.2014.
  • Lukassek, J. (2014). The Aktionsart of German Phase Verbs. Vortrag bei „Chronos 11“, Pisa, 16.-18.06.2014.
  • Lukassek, J. (2013). Zur Spezifikation abstrakter Ereignisse durch mit-PPs. Vortrag bei „Ereignis und Kontext“, Saarbrücken, 12/2013.
  • Lukassek, J. (2013). Situationstypflexibilität von Phasenverben. Vortrag bei „SPSW 5“, Saarbrücken, 24.-25.05.2013.
  • Lukassek, J. (2011). Stativ-/eventiv-Ambiguität. Vortrag bei „KonferenzLE“, Tübingen, 05.01.2011.
  • Lukassek, J. (2010). Stativ-/eventiv-ambige Verben im Deutschen. Vortrag bei „ÖSKL“, Salzburg, 3.-5.12.2010.

Organized Workshops and Conferences:

At Humboldt University:

Summer term 2021: SE Linguistische Beschreibungsmodelle der Narration, Institute for German language and linguistics

At Tübingen University:

Einführung in die germantische Linguistik (Introduction to germanic linguistics)

Deutsche Grammatik (German grammar)