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Abteilung für Computerlinguistik
Institut für Sprache und Information
Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf
Universitätsstr. 1
40225 Düsseldorf

Office hours:
+49 (0)211 81-11809
+49 (0)211 81-03170
by appointment

Research Interests

  • Semantics, Frame Semantics, Semantic Composition with Frames, Decomposition of Event Structure
  • Morphology-Semantics Interface
  • Pragmatics, Optimality Theory, Game Theory, Rational Speech Act Theory
  • Syntax-Semantics Interface
  • Tree Adjoining Grammars
  • Aspect, Semantics of Aspect
  • Verbal Morphology, Semantics of Verbal Affixes
  • Slavic Linguistics


I have recently defended my PhD thesis on aspect and multiple prefixation in Russian (supervised by Laura Kallmeyer and Hana Filip). I my dissertation, I have addressed both theoretical and computational problems of verbal prefixation and aspect. The main goal was to provide semantics for verbal affixes and construct morphology-semantics interface in such way that both the existence and the aspect of a given combination of affixes with the stem (in the non-lexicalized domain) could be predicted. I have developed (and partially implemented) a system that predicts the existence, semantics, and properties of complex verbs using basic morphological, syntactic, and semantic principles. My next goal is to extend the system with a computational pragmatics part that will allow to obtain final semantic representations and filter out some results generated by the other modules.

Last modified: February 12 2016 / zinova@phil.uni-duesseldorf.de