PhD Linguistics & English Language
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- 3 Charles Street, Edinburgh
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2018 - present: PhD Linguistics and English Language, The University of Edinburgh
Project working title: Structural priming in the grammatical network – A study of English argument structure constructions
(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)
Responsibilities & affiliations
Member of the organising committee for "Linguistic Circle" at Edinburgh
Member of the organising committee for the "Cognitive Linguistics Research Group" (CLRG) at Edinburgh
- Introduction to Cognitive Science
- LEL2D (Cross-linguistic Variation: Limits and Theories)
- Introduction to Cognitive Science
Linguistics and English Language 1A
Linguistics and English Language 1B
Lexical Semantics (Honours)
- Lexical Semantics (MSc)
Research focus: Using structural priming to study the structure of speakers' grammatical networks (in particular, relations between English argument structure constructions)
- Linguistic, psychological and computational approaches to studying grammatical representation and processing
- Models of the grammatical network: constructional competition, relations between constructions ('vertical' and 'horitzontal'; inheritance/taxonomy; meronymy; metaphor)
- Cognitive-constructionist theories of grammar: Construction Grammar, Word Grammar, etc.
- Structural priming - conceptual and methodological questions (e.g. the (a)symmetry of priming effects; facilitatory vs. inhibitory priming)
- Other types of priming (lexical, pragmatic) in communicative interaction
Feb-April 2020: Visiting student research collaborator (VSRC) at Prof Adele Goldberg's lab in the Department of Psychology, Princeton University
Current 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)
Ungerer, Tobias & Stefan Hartmann (2020, 25-27 Nov): Why pink is the new black and data scientists are the new rock stars: Corpus approaches to the productivity of “snowclones”. 8th International Conference Grammar & Corpora (GaC). Kraków, Poland.
Hartmann, Stefan & Tobias Ungerer (2021, 18-20 Aug): The mother of all constructions: A corpus-based approach to the productivity of ‘snowclones’. 11th International Conference on Construction Grammar (ICCG). Antwerp, Belgium.
Ungerer, Tobias & Alex Lorson (2020): ‘Du sprichst English? So do I’: How German speakers align in their use of Anglicisms. 53rd Annual Meeting of the Societas Linguistica Europaea (SLE). Virtual conference. 26 August - 1 September.
Ungerer, Tobias & Stefan Hartmann (2020): Attack of the snowclones. A corpus-based analysis of extravagant formulaic patterns. UK Cognitive Linguistics Conference 2020 (UKCLC). Birmingham, UK (virtual conference). 27-29 July.
Ungerer, Tobias (2019): Using structural priming to test links between constructions: Priming between caused-motion and resultatives sentences. 52nd Annual Meeting of the Societas Linguistica Europaea (SLE). Leipzig, Germany. 21-24 August.
Ungerer, Tobias (2019): Using structural priming to test links between constructions: Priming between caused-motion and resultatives sentences. 15th International Cognitive Linguistics Conference (ICLC). Nishinomiya, Japan. 6-11 August.
Ungerer, Tobias (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). Edinburgh, UK. 4-7 June.