Faculty of Language, Literature and Humanities - Corpus Linguistics and Morphology

Dr. Milena Kühnast

postdoctoral researcher in cognitive science

and language acquisition


Research topics
  • Referential and relational coherence
  • Register variation und linguistic flexibility
  • Lexical acquisition



Visiting address

Dorotheenstraße 24
10117 Berlin

R. 3.325

Tel: +49 (0)30 2093-9675

E-Mail: milena.kuehnast@hu-berlin.de


Postal address


Institut für deutsche Sprache und Linguistik
Philosophische Fakultät II
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Unter den Linden 6
D-10099 Berlin

Consultation hours

Fridays 14:00-15:30, by appointment


Current project

CALLIDUS - Computer-aided Language Learning:Vocabulary Acquisition in Latin using Corpus-based Methods

  • CALLIDUS is an interdisciplinary research project investigating new methods of enhansing the acquisition of Latin vocabulary with a specific focus on blended learning. The project tests the applicability and efficiency of  corpus-based methods in real teaching environments. Based on didactic and psycholinguistic considerations, the project develops a software that uses linguistic research tools for creating corpus-based vocabulary exercises.



Wintersemester 2018/2019

SE Entwicklung des mentalen Lexikons

(Development of the mental lexicon)

Sommersemester 2018

SE Diskurskohärenz (Discourse coherence)

Wintersemester 2017/2018

SE Diskurskohärenz - (Discourse coherence)




PhD thesis
  • Kuehnast, M. (2010). Processing negative imperatives in Bulgarian – Evidence from normal, aphasic and child language. Dissertation. Universität Potsdam.

URN: http://nbn-resolving.de/urn:nbn:de:kobv:517-opus-45826


Journal articles & book chapters


  • Gülzow, I., Bartlitz, V., Kuehnast, M., Golcher, F., & Bittner, D. (2018). The adversative connectives aber and but in conversational corpora. Journal of Child Language, 1-15. doi:10.1017/S0305000917000630
  • Menninghaus, W., Wagner, V., Hanich, J., Wassiliwizky, E., Kuehnast, M., & Jacobsen, T. (2015). Towards a psychological construct of being moved. PLOS ONE 10.1371. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0128451
  • Kuehnast, M., Wassiliwizky, E., Wagner, V., Jacobsen, T., & Menninghaus, W. (2014). Being moved: Linguistic representation and conceptual structure. Frontiers in Psychology: Emotion Science. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2014.01242
  • Bittner, D. & Kuehnast, M. (2012). Comprehension of intersentential pronouns in child German and child Bulgarian. First Language, 32(1-2), 176-204. doi:10.1177/0142723711403074
  • Kuehnast, M. (2012). Acquisition of negative imperatives in Bulgarian – implications for verbal aspect. In: E. Labeau & I. Saddour (Eds.), Tense, aspect and mood in first and second language (pp. 27-54). [Cahiers Chronos 24]. Amsterdam: Rodopi.
  • Valcheva, E. & Kuehnast, M. (2012). Bulgarian adaptation of the Multilingual Assessment Instrument for Narratives (MAIN). In N. Gagarina, D. Klop, S. Kunnari, K. Tantele, T. Välimaa, I. Balciuniene, U. Bohnacker, & J. Walters. (Eds.), MAIN: Multilingual Assessment Instrument for Narratives (pp. 1-52). [ZAS Papers in Linguistics 56]. Berlin: ZAS.
  • Bittner, D., Kuehnast, M., & Gagarina, N. (2011). Comprehension and imitated production of personal pronouns across languages. In: A. Grimm, A. Müller, E. Ruigendijk, & C. Hamann (Eds.), Production-comprehension asymmetries in child language (pp. 69-97). [Studies on language acquisition (SOLA) 49]. Berlin: de Gruyter.
  • Kuehnast, M. (2009). Processing clitic pronouns in Bulgarian – evidence from normal and agrammatic comprehension. Poznań Studies in Contemporary Linguistics 45(4), 487 - 507. doi: 10.2478/v10010-009-0029-z
  • Kuehnast, M. (2008). Aspectual coercion in Bulgarian negative imperatives. In W. Abraham, & E. Leiss (Eds.), Modality-aspect interfaces: Implications and typological solutions (pp. 175-196). Amsterdam: John Benjamins Publishing Company.
  • Kuehnast, M., Popova, V., & Popov, D. (2004). Erwerb der Aspekt-markierung im Bulgarischen. In N. Gagarina, & D. Bittner (Eds.), Studies on the development of grammar in German, Russian and Bulgarian (pp. 63-85). [ZAS Papers of Linguistics 33]. Berlin: ZAS.
  • Kuehnast, M. (2003). Processing negation and aspect in Bulgarian. Evidence from normal and agrammatic sentence comprehension. In P. Kosta, J. Blaszczak, J. Frasek, L. Geist, & M. Zygis (Eds.), Investigations into formal slavic linguistics. Part II (pp. 419-440). Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang.


Conference papers

  • Gülzow, I., Bartlitz, V., & Kuehnast, M. (2015). Monologic and dialogic uses of the adversative connectives aber and but in two dense production corpora. In V. P. Zaharov, O. A. Mitrofanova & M. V. Khokhlova (Eds.), Proceedings of the international conference 'Corpus Linguistics 2015' (pp. 24-32). St. Petersburg: University press.
  • Kuehnast. M. (2014). Acquisition of Bulgarian i ‘and’ in negative contexts – experimental evidence. In S. Massalova & V. Poljakov, Proceedings of the 15th International Conference ‘Cognitive Modeling in Linguistics’(CML 2014), (pp.75-81). Rostov on Don: Science and Studies Foundation.
  • Kuehnast, M., & Valcheva, E. (2012). Implicit verb causality as a discourse cue in German. In S. Massalova (Ed.) Proceedings of the 3rd International Conference 'Contemporary cognitive research' (pp. 104-109). Rostov-on-Don: Southern Federal University.
  • Kuehnast, M., Roeper, T., & Bittner, D. ( 2009). What is the acquisition path of topic-shift? In S.L. Devi, A. Branco, & R. Mitkov (Eds.), Proceedings of the 7th discourse anaphora and anaphora resolution colloquium (DAARC 2009) (pp. 37-47). Chennai: AU-KBC Research Centre.
  • Kuehnast, M. (2008). Acquisition of null anaphora in Bulgarian – a corpus-based study. In A. Gerd, V. Zaharov, & O. Mitrofanova (Eds.), Proceedings of the international conference "Corpus Linguistics 2008" (pp. 253-260). St. Petersburg: St. Petersburg University press.
  • Kuehnast, M. (2007). Production and comprehension of intersentential pronominal reference in early child Bulgarian - an experimental study. In N. Gagarina & D. Bittner (Eds.), Intersentential pronominal reference in child and adult Language. Proceedings of the Conference on intersentential pronominal reference in child and adult language (pp. 171-202), [ZAS Papers in Linguistics 48]. Berlin: ZAS.
  • Kuehnast, M., Bittner, D., Gagarina, N., & Gülzow, I. (2007). Acquisition of anaphoric pronouns by German, Russian and Bulgarian speaking children. In A. Branco, T. McEnery, R. Mitkov, & F. Silva (Eds.), Proceedings of the 6th Discourse Anaphora and Anaphor Resolution Colloquium (DAARC 2007)(pp. 65-70). Porto: Centro de Linguistica da Universidade to Porto.
  • Kuehnast, M. (2006). Developing a corpus for contrastive studies of intersentential anaphora in child language. In A. Gerd, V. Zaharov & O. Mitrofanova (Eds.), Proceedings of the international conference "Corpus Linguistics 2006” (pp. 224-225), St. Petersburg: University press.
  • Bittner, D., Gagarina, N., Kuehnast, M., & Popova,V. (2006). Aspect before tense in first language acquisition of Bulgarian, Russian and German. In V. Solovyev, V. Goldberg, & V. Polyakov (Eds.), Proceedings of the 8th International Conference 'Cognitive Modelling in Linguistics', (CML 2005) (pp. 262-272). Moscow: Ucheba.