Tobias Ungerer

PhD Linguistics & English Language

  • Linguistics and English Language
  • School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences

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Dugald Stewart Building

3 Charles Street, Edinburgh
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2018 - present: PhD Linguistics and English Language, The University of Edinburgh

           Project title: Hyponymic and meronymic linking in the constructional network (Supervised by Prof Graeme Trousdale, Prof Nikolas Gisborne, Dr Chris Cummins)

2018 MSc Linguistics (Dist.), The University of Edinburgh

           Dissertation title: Priming as evidence of links between constructions: A study of aspects of the English resultative network (Supervised by Prof Graeme Trousdale)

2015 BA British Studies, Leipzig University

           Dissertation title: Mediopassives in English – A cognitive empirical approach (Supervised by Prof Doris Schönefeld)

(2019 Staatsexamen for teaching English and German at secondary schools, Leipzig University)

Undergraduate teaching



  • Linguistics and English Language 1A

  • Linguistics and English Language 1B

  • Lexical Semantics (Honours)



  • Introduction to Cognitive Science

Postgraduate teaching



  • Lexical Semantics (MSc)

Research summary

Grammatical representation and processing: network models of language

Links between grammatical constructions; inheritance/hyponymy; meronymy

Psycholinguistic experimentation: structural priming, lexical priming

Cognitive theories of grammar: Construction Grammar, Word Grammar

Project activity

 Feb-April 2020: Visiting student research collaborator (VSRC) at Prof Adele Goldberg's lab in the Department of Psychology, Princeton University

Current side projects on:

  • Refining the concept of 'snowclones': A corpus-based approach to the productivity of extravagant formulaic patterns (with Stefan Hartmann, Düsseldorf)
  • Communicative alignment in German speakers' use of Anglicisms (with Alex Lorson, Edinburgh)

Papers delivered

"Using structural priming to test links between constructions: Priming between caused-motion and resultatives sentences"

           A) 15th International Cognitive Linguistics Conference (ICLC), Nishinomiya, Japan, 8 Aug 2019

           B) 52nd Annual Meeting of the Societas Linguistica Europaea (SLE), Leipzig, Germany,  22 Aug 2019

"The concept of ‘inheritance’ in grammatical theory – What is it and which questions does it raise?"

           25th Linguistics and English Language Postgraduate Conference (LELPGC), University of Edinburgh, 6 June 2019