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Research Group Director
Nachwuchsgruppe KOMeT

Institute for German Language and Linguistics
Humboldt University Berlin
Unter den Linden 6
D-10099 Berlin

Telephone: +49 (0)30 2093 9720
E-Mail: amir(dot)zeldes at rz(dot)hu-berlin(dot)de


Full CV


Consultation time (Room 3.333)

Summer Term 2014

  • Wednesday, 16:00-17:00



Research Interests

  • Argument structure
  • Syntax-semantics interface
  • Productivity (in morphology and syntax)
  • Corpus linguistics
  • Usage-based models of grammar
  • Multifactorial methods
  • Constructions in second language acquisition (esp. of German)
  • Corpus based comparative and historical linguistics
  • Digital resources for Coptic in the e-Humanities
  • History of the Revival of Modern Hebrew


Summer Term 2014

Winter Term 2013/14

  • Multilayer and Parallel Corpora. An Introduction Using ANNIS (Hong Kong City University, block seminar, 13.11.2013)

Summer Term 2013

Winter Term 2012/13

Summer Term 2012

Winter Term 2011/12

Summer Term 2011

  • R Workshop 'Binary Logistic Regression & Linear Mixed Effect Models', 24 May 2011 at ZAS (data, slides)

Winter Term 2010/11

Summer Term 2010

Summer Term 2009

  • 52 20120 GK Introduction to Morphology (Mon 14-16 BE1 42)
  • Corpus Linguistics (block seminar at the University of Oldenburg, together with Hagen Hirschmann)

Winter Term 2008/09

Summer Term 2008


  • ANNIS - Search and Visualization in Multilevel Corpora (New: ANNIS3 has been released!)
  • <tiger2/> - Developing an XML serialization of the SynAF syntactic model
  • RIDGES - A digital humanities project investigating the development of German scientific language from the 16th to the 19th century
  • SCRIPTORIUM - A project creating open source corpora for Sahidic Coptic in cooperation with the University of the Pacific
  • KOMeT - Korpuslinguistische Methoden für eHumanities mit TEI - an upcoming BMBF young researcher group project on Digital Humanities and corpus linguistics (set to being March 2014)




Past Events



  • Datasets from my publications.
  • Excel EXMARaLDA Add-In - the freely available Excel Add-In, which allows users to import EXMARaLDA XML data into Excel spreadsheets and vice versa, is now hosted by exmaralda.org here.
  • Excel Overuse / Underuse Add-In - An Excel Add-In for the automatic visualization of relative overuse and underuse of linguistic elements.
  • Lexiconless Phonetic Transcription and Syllable Analysis - this page attempts to give an IPA phonetic transcription and tree-based syllable analysis for German and Polish orthographic words. (You will need the latest version of Firefox, another SVG capable browser, or an SVG plugin in order to view the tree analyses.)
    • Phonetic transcription tools are now downloadable as Perl scripts: [German - New: V0.9.2] [Polish]
      (since no lexicon is used, these will inevitably make numerous errors - use at your own risk!)
  • Sound Change Transducers - a web page with transducers modeling Indo-European sound change laws.

  • Indo-European Sound Correspondences - a table illustrating the main sound correspondences between some Indo-European languages.

Photos etc.



Journal articles

Book chapters

  • Zeldes, Amir (to appear), "The Case for Caseless Prepositional Constructions with voller in German". In: Boas, Hans C. & Ziem, Alexander (eds.), Constructional Approaches to Argument Structure in German. (Trends in Linguistics: Studies and Monographs.) Berlin: De Gruyter. [Prepublication version]
  • Lüderling, Anke, Ritz, Julia, Stede, Manfred & Zeldes, Amir (to appear). "Corpus Linguistics and Information Structure Research". To appear in: Féry, Caroline & Ishihara, Shinichiro (eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Information Structure. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Zeldes, Amir & Kanbar, Ghazwan (2014), "Arabisch und Hebräisch" [=Arabic and Hebrew]. In: Krifka, Manfred, Blaszczak, Joanna, Leßmöllmann, Annette, Meinunger, André, Stiebels, Barbara, Tracy, Rosemarie & Truckenbrodt, Hubert (eds.), Das mehrsprachige Klassenzimmer [=The Multilingual Classroom]. Heidelberg: Springer, 135-174.
  • Gaeta, Livio & Zeldes, Amir (2012), "Deutsche Komposita zwischen Syntax und Morphologie: Ein korpusbasierter Ansatz". In: Gaeta, Livio & Schlücker, Barbara (eds.), Das Deutsche als kompositionsfreudige Sprache: Strukturelle Eigenschaften und systembezogene Aspekte. (Linguistik - Impulse und Tendenzen.) Berlin: De Gruyter, 197-217.
  • Lüdeling, Anke, Hirschmann, Hagen & Zeldes, Amir (2011), "Variationism and Underuse Statistics in the Analysis of the Development of Relative Clauses in German". In: Kawaguchi, Yuji, Minegishi, Makoto & Viereck, Wolfgang (eds.), Corpus Analysis and Diachronic Linguistics. (Tokyo University of Foreign Studies, Studies in Linguistics 3.) Amsterdam: John Benjamins, 37-57.

Conference papers

  • Zeldes, Amir (2014), "German voller as a Productive Argument Structure sui generis". 36th Annual Meeting of the DGfS, Workshop on Problems of Syntactic Categorisation, 5-7.3.2014, Marburg.
  • Hirschmann, Hagen, Lüdeling, Anke, Rehbein, Ines, Reznicek, Marc & Zeldes, Amir (2013), "Underuse of Syntactic Categories in Falko. A Case Study on Modification". In: Granger, Sylviane and Meunier, Fanny (eds.), 20 Years of Learner Corpus Research. Looking Back, Moving Ahead. (Corpora and Language in use.) Louvain: Presses universitaires de Louvain, 223-234.
  • Petrova, Svetlana & Zeldes, Amir (2012), "How exceptional is CP recursion in Germanic OV languages? Corpus-based Evidence from Middle Low German". International Conference on Historical Corpora 2012, December 6-9, Frankfurt, Germany.
  • Krause, Thomas, Lüdeling, Anke, Odebrecht, Carolin & Zeldes, Amir (2012), Multiple Tokenizations in a Diachronic Corpus. In: Exploring Ancient Languages through Corpora, 14-16 June 2012, Oslo.
  • Zeldes, Amir (2011), "On the Productivity and Variability of the Slots in German Comparative Correlative Constructions". In: Konopka, Marek, Kubczak, Jacqueline, Mair, Christian, Štícha, František & Waßner, Ulrich H. (eds.), Grammar & Corpora / Grammatik und Korpora 2009. Third International Conference / Dritte Internationale Konferenz, Mannheim, 22.-24.09.2009. Tübingen: Narr, 429-449. [ Prepublication version ]
  • Zeldes, Amir, Ritz, Julia, Lüdeling, Anke & Chiarcos, Christian (2009), "ANNIS: A Search Tool for Multi-Layer Annotated Corpora". In: Proceedings of Corpus Linguistics 2009, July 20-23, Liverpool, UK. [ Prepublication version ]
  • Petrova, Svetlana, Chiarcos, Christian, Ritz, Julia & Zeldes, Amir (2009), "The Tatian Corpus of Old High German: Information-Structural and Grammatical Annotation". In: Proceedings of Corpus Linguistics 2009, July 20-23, Liverpool, UK.
  • Zeldes, Amir (2009), "Quantifying Constructional Productivity with Unseen Slot Members". In: Proceedings of the NAACL HLT Workshop on Computational Approaches to Linguistic Creativity, June 5, Boulder CO, 47-54.
  • Chiarcos, Christian, Fiedler, Ines, Grubic, Mira, Haida, Andreas, Hartmann, Katharina, Ritz, Julia, Schwarz, Anne, Zeldes, Amir & Zimmermann, Malte (2009), "Information Structure in African Languages: Corpora and Tools". In: Proceedings of the Workshop on Language Technologies for African Languages (AFLAT), 12th Conference of the European Chapter of the Association for Computational Linguistics (EACL-09). Athens, Greece, 17-24.
  • Zeldes, Amir, Lüdeling, Anke & Hirschmann, Hagen (2008), "What's Hard? Quantitative Evidence for Difficult Constructions in German Learner Data". In: Arppe, Antti, Sinnemäki, Kaius & Nikanne, Urpo (eds.), Proceedings of Quantitative Investigations in Theoretical Linguistics 3 (QITL-3). Helsinki, Finnland, 2-4 June 2008, 74-77. [Abstract] [Slides]
  • Zeldes, Amir (2007), "Machine Translation between Language Stages: Extracting Historical Grammar from a Parallel Diachronic Corpus of Polish". In: Proceedings of Corpus Linguistics 2007, Birmingham, 27-30 July, 2007.
  • Zeldes, Amir (2006), "Abstracting Suffixes: A Morphophonemic Approach to Polish Morphological Analysis". In: Proceedings of Konvens'06, Konstanz, 4-7 October, 2006, 151-158. An extended version of this article has appeared in the Zeitschrift für Sprachwissenschaft (see above).


  • Zeldes, Amir (2014), "Mehrebenenkorpora in ANNIS, PAULA und SaltNPepper". Invited talk at Neofonie GmbH, Berlin. (20.5.2014)
  • Schroeder, Caroline & Zeldes, Amir (2014), "Digital Coptic. Building an Online Environment for the Study of Coptic Literature". UC Berkeley, Center for Tebtunis Papyri. (15.5.2014)
  • Zeldes, Amir (2014), "Towards Digital Coptic: Searching and Visualizing Coptic Manuscript Data". Talk at the Berlin Digital Classicist Seminar. (14.1.2014)
  • Zeldes, Amir (2013), "Corpus Linguistics Tools for Sahidic Coptic". Talk at the Leipzig eHumanities Seminar (18.12.2013). [ slides ]
  • Zeldes, Amir (2013), "Viel mehr als eine Liste: Was uns Lernerdaten über das mentale Lexikon als produktives Netzwerk zeigen" (Much more than a list: What learner data tells us about the mental lexicon as a productive network). Talk at the Interdisciplinary Centre for Research on Lexicography, Valency and Collocation at FAU Erlangen-Nuremberg. (29.10.2013)
  • Krause, Thomas, Odebrecht, Carolin, Zeldes, Amir & Zipser, Florian (2013), "Unary TEI Elements and the Token Based Corpus". Workshop Perspectives on Querying TEI-annotated data, TEI Conference 2013. Rome, 1.10.2013. [ Abstract ]
  • Neumann, Arne, Zeldes, Amir & Zipser, Florian (2013), "ANNIS 3: Challenges and Innovations for Corpora in SFB632". 17th Internal Workshop of the SFB 632 / Information Structure, Lutherstadt Wittenberg, 13.6.2013. [ Slides ]
  • Zeldes, Amir (2013), "The State of the Art in Collaborative Multilayer Historical Treebanks of German". Workshop on Syntactic Change and Information Structure. University of Manchester, 13.4.2013.
  • Zeldes, Amir (2013), "Zur Wortart und Kasusrektion des Wortes voller" [=On the part-of-speech and case government of the word voller]. Research Colloquium Corpus Linguistics, HU Berlin, 12.2.2013. [ Slides ]
  • Zeldes, Amir (2012), "New Developments in Multilayer Corpora for Information Structure". 15th Internal Workshop of the SFB 632, Wandlitz, 8.6.2012.
  • Zeldes, Amir (2012), "Komposition als Konstruktionsnetzwerk in L2-Deutsch. Über Lebensblatt, Frauenbedruck, Lehrerkrankenversicherungsamt und andere FALKOmposita". 2nd Kobalt Network Meeting, HU Berlin, 1.3.2012.
  • Zeldes, Amir (2012), "Productivity in Argument Selection: Extensibility Effects of Semantic Classes in Usage". Talk at the Seminar für Englische Philologie, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, 17.1.2012.
  • Zeldes, Amir (2011), "Getan – gesagt? Pragmatische und lexikalisierte Erklärungen zur Besetzung von Argumentstellen mit neuem Material." IZ Colloquium Europäische Sprachen, Freie Universität Berlin, 10.5.2011. [ Abstract ] [ Slides ]
  • Krummes, Cedric, Reznicek, Marc, Jia Wei, Chan, Hirschmann, Hagen, Krause, Thomas, Zeldes, Amir, Ensslin Astrid & Lüdeling, Anke (2010) "'What's Hard in German?': Touching the Void of Over- and Underuse". Paper given at the Forum for Germanic Language Studies, Gregynog/Aberystwyth, January 8-9, 2010.
  • Lüdeling, Anke, Zeldes, Amir, Reznicek, Marc, Rehbein, Ines & Hirschmann, Hagen (2010), "Syntactic Misuse, Overuse and Underuse: A Study of a Parsed Learner Corpus and its Target Hypothesis". In: Dickinson, Markus, Müürisep, Kaili & Passarotti, Marco (eds.), Proceedings of the Ninth International Workshop on Treebanks and Linguistic Theories (NEALT Proceedings Series 9), University of Tartu, Estonia, 3 December 2010.
  • Zeldes, Amir (2010), "Mehrebenenkorpora in ANNIS. Datenrepräsentation, Abfrage und Visualisierung". Computerlinguistik-Kolloquium, Universität Zürich, Institut für Computerlinguistik, 18.5.2010.
  • Zeldes, Amir (2010), "ANNIS, PAULA & Salt n’ Pepper. Open source resources for multilayer corpora". Service-oriented Architectures for Language Technology, Universität Tübingen, 11.2.2010.
  • Zeldes, Amir (2009), "Multi-Layer Resources in ANNIS: Historical Corpora and Information Structural Annotation". Workshop Annotating and Analysing IS in Historical Corpus Texts. HU Berlin, 13.11.2009.
  • Zeldes, Amir (2009), "Variabilität in der Produktivität von je-desto-Konstruktionen". Lecture Series on Variability and Invariability in Language. Potsdam University, 25 June 2009.
  • Zeldes, Amir, Hirschmann, Hagen & Lüdeling, Anke (2009), "Multilevel Learner Corpora". Workshop on Automatic Analysis of Learner Language 2009 (AALL'09), CALICO '09. Arizona State University, 10-14 March 2009. [ Abstract] [ Slides]
  • Hirschmann, Hagen, Zeldes, Amir & Lüdeling, Anke (2009), "Interaction between Colligation, Register and Surface Variability in German Learners and Natives". 31. Jahrestagung der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Sprachwissenschaft. Osnabrück, Germany, 4-6 March 2009. [ Abstract ] [ Slides]
  • Zeldes, Amir (2006), "Design and Applications of Polimatth - a Small Parallel Diachronic Bible Corpus of Polish." Lecture at Dagstuhl seminar 06491 Digital Historical Corpora.  International Conference and Research Center for Computer Science, Schloss Dagstuhl, Wadern, Germany.
  • Zeldes, Amir (2006), "Verb Formation in Biblical and Modern Hebrew: Continuity and Innovation". International convention Morphology and the Digital World, Freie Universität, Berlin.

Poster Presentations

  • Krause, Thomas, Weißenfels, Benjamin, Zeldes, Amir & Zipser, Florian (2014), "ANNIS3: Towards Generic Corpus Search and Visualization". 36th Annual Meeting of the DGfS, Poster Session of the SIG on Computational Linguistics. Marburg, 409-410. [Poster]
  • Zeldes, Amir (2012), "Novel Argument Realization: Semantic, Pragmatic and Conventional Productivity Effects". Proceedings of Linguistic Evidence 2012. Empirical, theoretical and computational perspectives. Tübingen, 327-331. (Voted best poster for the poster session on 10.2.2012) [Abstract] [Poster]
  • Krause, Thomas, Ritz, Julia, Zeldes, Amir & Zipser, Florian (2011), "Topological Fields, Constituents and Coreference: A New Multi-layer Architecture for TüBa-D/Z". Conference of the German Society for Computational Linguistics and Language Technology (GSCL) 2011. [ Poster]
  • Gaeta, Livio & Zeldes, Amir (2011), "German Synthetic Compounds and the Architecture of the Grammar: A Behavioral Analysis". Mediterranean Morphology Meeting 8, 14-17 September 2011, Cagliari. [ Poster]
  • Zipser, Florian, Zeldes, Amir, Ritz, Julia, Romary, Laurent & Leser, Ulf (2011), "Pepper: Handling a Multiverse of Formats". 33. Jahrestagung der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Sprachwissenschaft. Göttingen, 23.- 25. Februar 2011. [Abstract] [Poster]
  • Zeldes, Amir (2010), "Novel Argument Selection: Is Lexical Semantics Enough?". Doktorandentag 2010, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. [ Poster]
  • Reznicek, Marc, Krummes, Cedric, Hirschmann, Hagen, Lüdeling, Anke, Ensslin, Astrid, Chan, Jia Wei, Zeldes, Amir, Krause, Thomas & Zipser, Florian (2010) "'Dass wenn man etwas will, muss man dafür arbeiten'- Zielhypothesen im Lernerkorpus Falko". 31. Jahrestagung der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Sprachwissenschaft, Berlin, 25 February 2010.
  • Chiarcos, Christian, Krause, Thomas, Lüdeling, Anke, Ritz, Julia, Rosenfeld, Viktor, Stede, Manfred, Zeldes, Amir & Zipser, Florian (2009), "Search and Visualization of Richly Annotated Corpora with ANNIS2". 31. Jahrestagung der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Sprachwissenschaft. Osnabrück, Germany, 4-6 March 2009. [ Abstract] [ Poster]
  • Zeldes, Amir (2009), "Applying Morphological Productivity Measures to Syntactic Constructions: German Comparatives and the je ... desto Constructions". Doktorandentag 2009, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. [ Poster]

Editorial Work

Book reviews