Dr. phil., Privatdozentin

Elma Kerz

Lehrstuhl für Anglistische Sprachwissenschaft


Gebäude: ehem. Couven-Gymnasium (1070)

Raum: 102a

Kármánstraße 17/19

52062 Aachen


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Second Language Acquisition/Learning
Implicit/Statistical Learning
Formulaic Language
Linguistic Variation
ACAW - Aachen Corpus of Academic Writing

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Frau PD Dr. Kerz unterrichtet in den Bereichen Korpuslinguistik, Fremdsprachenerwerb und Sprachverarbeitung.

"Corpus Linguistik" (Vorlesung)

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Publikationen (Auswahl)

(vollständige Auflistung in RWTH Publications)

Kerz, Elma, and Daniel Wiechmann. 2015. “Register-Contingent Entrenchment of Constructional Patterns.” Journal of English Linguistics 43 (1): 61–85.

Wiechmann, Daniel, and Elma Kerz. 2014. “Cue Reliance in L2 Written Production.” Language Learning 64 (2): 343–64.

Wiechmann, Daniel, and Elma Kerz. 2014. “Missing Generalizations: A Supervised Machine Learning Approach to L2 Written Production.” In Proceedings of the 5th Workshop on Cognitive Aspects of Computational Language Learning (CogACLL) - 14th Conference of the European Chapter of the Association for Computational Linguistics, edited by Alessandro Lenci, Muntsa Padró, Thierry Poibeau, and Aline Villavicencio, 55–63. Gothenburg: Association for Computational Linguistics. pdf

Kerz, Elma. 2013. “Concessive Adverbial Clauses in L2 Academic Writing.” In Twenty Years of Learner Corpus Research. Looking Back, Moving Ahead: Proceedings of the First Learner Corpus Research Conference (LCR 2011), edited by Sylviane Granger, Gaëtanelle Gilquin, and Fanny Meunier, 263–76. Louvain-la-Neuve: Presses universitaires de Louvain.

Wiechmann, Daniel, and Elma Kerz. 2013. “The positioning of concessive adverbial clauses in English: Assessing the importance of discourse-pragmatic and processing-based constraints.” English Language & Linguistics 17 (1): 1–23.

Kerz, Elma. 2012. “The role of genre in information structuring in English.” In “Information Structure, Discourse Structure and Grammatical Structure” edited by Bart Defrancq, Gudrun Rawoens, and Els Tobback. Special issue, Belgian Journal of Linguistics 26: 143–59.

Wiechmann, Daniel, Elma Kerz, Neal Snider, and T. Florian Jaeger, eds. 2013. “Special Issue: Parsimony and Redundancy in Models of Language.” Special issue, Language and Speech 56, no. 3.

Wiechmann, Daniel, Judith Steinfeld, and Elma Kerz. 2013. “Modeling Bilingual Children's Acquisition of Complex Sentences in German.” In Proceedings of the 35th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society, edited by Markus Knauff, Michael Pauen, Natalie Sebanz, and Ipke Wachsmuth, 3753–59. Austin: Cognitive Science Society. pdf

Kerz, Elma. 2011. “The Role of Low-Level Schemas in English Academic Writing: A Usage-Based Constructionist Approach.” In Grammatik und Korpora 2009, edited by Marek Konopka, Jacqueline Kubczak, Christian Mair, Frantisek Sticha, and Ulrich H. Waßner, 229–53. Tübingen: Narr.

Kerz, Elma, and Florian Haas. 2009. “The Aim Is to Analyse NP: the Function of Prefabricated Chunks in Academic Texts.” In Formulaic Language: Volume 1: Distribution and Historical Change, edited by Roberta Corrigan, Edith Moravcsik, Hamid Ouali, and Kathleen Wheatley, 97–116. Philadelphia: John Benjamins.


Konferenzbeiträge (Auswahl)

  1. 2014a. Missing generalizations: A supervised machine learning approach to L2 written production. EACL 2014 Workshop: Cognitive aspects of computational language learning. Gothenburg, Sweden, 26-30.4.2014. (mit Daniel Wiechmann).
  2. 2014c. Modeling L2 learners’ productions of complex constructions. 8th International Conference on Construction Grammar, Universität Osnabrück, 3-6.9.2014. (mit Daniel Wiechmann).
  3. 2013a. Formulaicity as a determinant of processing efficiency: Investigating clause ordering in complex constructions. ICAME 34 Workshop: Processing in corpora: ‘Support strategies’ in language variation and change. Santiago de Compostela, ES, 22-26.5.2013. (mit Daniel Wiechmann).
  4. 2013b. Modeling Bilingual Children's Acquisition of Complex Sentences in German, 35th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society Berlin, 31.7.-3.8.2013. (mit Daniel Wiechmann & Judith Steinfeld).
  5. 2013c. Learning cues for accurate L2 production: Determinants of clause order in complex sentences. SLE 2013, 46th Annual Meeting of the Societas Linguistica Europaea, Split University, Croatia, 18.9.-21.9.2013. (mit Daniel Wiechmann).
  6. 2012a. Genre-specific properties of adverbial clauses in English academic writing and newspaper texts. 5th FLaRN Conference, Formulaic Language Research Network, Tilburg University, 28-30.3.2012. (mit Daniel Wiechmann).
  7. 2012b. The acquisition of complex sentence constructions by bilingual pre-school children. 35th International LAUD Symposium: Cognitive Psycholinguistics: Bilingualism, Cognition and Communication, Landau/Pfalz, 26-29.3.2012. (mit Judith Steinfeld).
  8. 2012c. Positioning of concessive adverbial clauses in English: Assessing the importance of discourse-pragmatic and processing-based constraints. 5th German Cognitive Linguistics Conference. University of Freiburg, Germany, 10-12.10.2012 (mit Daniel Wiechmann).
  9. 2011c. Concessive adverbial clauses in L2 academic writing, Learner Corpus Research 2011, “20 years of learner corpus research: looking back, moving forward, Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium, 15-17.9.2011
  10. 2010a. How formulaic is the language of English print ads? Interdisciplinary Conference on Formulaic Language, 4th International FLaRN conference, University of Paderborn, 23-26.3.2010
  11. 2010b. Genre considerations in information packaging: A corpus-based study. ICAME 31: Corpus Linguistics and Variation in English, Justus Liebig Universität Giessen, 26-30.5.2010
  12. 2010c. Questions in English print ads: A multifactorial analysis. 6th international conference on Construction Grammar, Prague, 3-5.10.2010.
  13. 2010d. A usage-based constructionist approach to polar questions in English print ads. 4th International Conference of the German Cognitive Linguistics Association, Bremen, 7-9.10.2010
  14. 2010f. Grammaticalization and low-level schemas: Moving along the syntax-lexicon continuum. International Conference on Grammaticalization and (Inter)Subjectification, Brussels, 11-13.11.2010.
  15. 2009a. Grammaticalization of evidential constructions in English academic writing: A usage‐based approach. Grammars in Construction(s), Third International AFLiCo Conference, University Paris Ouest, Nanterre, La Défense, 27-29.5.2009.
  16. 2009b. Adjectival resultative constructions in English print advertisements: A corpus-based constructionist approach. Grammars in Construction(s), Third International AFLiCo Conference, University Paris Ouest, Nanterre, La Défense, 27-29.5.2009
  17. 2009c. Conceptualization of events in English academic texts: A Cognitive Grammar approach. Second Conference of the Swedish Association for Language and Cognition (SALC), Stockholm University, 10-12.6.2009
  18. 2009d. High-frequency verbs in English print advertisements: A corpus-based constructionist approach. The Third International Conference on the Linguistics of Contemporary English (ICLCE3), University of London, 14-17.7.2009
  19. 2009e. Give your eyes the comfort they deserve: Imperative constructions in English print ads. Corpus Linguistics Conference, University of Liverpool, 20-23.7.2009
  20. 2009f. Flexible formulaic sequences in English academic writing. Third International Conference ‘Grammar & Corpora’, University of Mannheim, 22-24.9.2009
  21. 2008a. Condensation strategies and information packaging in English academic texts. DG 2008 International Conference on Discourse and Grammar: Illocutionary force, information structure and subordination between discourse and grammar, Ghent University and University College Ghent, 23-24.5.2008.
  22. 2008b. 'NP be found/shown/seen/observed to Vinf': Grammaticalization of evidentiality in the register of academic writing? New Reflections on Grammaticalization 4, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, 16-19.7.2008. (mit Paul Georg Meyer)
  23. 2008c. Register-specific partially lexically-filled constructions: A case study of the use of research verbs in academic texts. Third International Conference of the German Cognitive Linguistics Association (GCLA-08), Universität Leipzig, 25-27.9.2008.
  24. 2007a. The cognitive and pragmatic motivations for the use of nominalizations in academic texts. La Laguna, Tenerife, 11-13.01.2007.
  25. 2007b: The aim is to analyze NP: the function of prefabricated chunks in academic texts. UWM Linguistics Symposium on Formulaic Language, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. 18-21.04.2007. (mit Florian Haas)
  26. 2007c. Register and constructions: A case study of the use of resultative constructions in the language of advertising. 10th International Pragmatics Conference. Göteborg, 8-13.07. 2007.
  27. 2006a. English verbs and constructions: two case studies and some implications for a constructionist approach to grammatical structure. Directions in English Language Studies (DELS), University of Manchester, 06.-08.4.2006. (mit Florian Haas)
  28. 2006b. The interaction between register and constructional meaning: A case study of the use of constructions in the language of advertising. Second International Conference of the German Cognitive Linguistics Association. Munich, 5-7.10.2006.
  29. 2005a. A constructionist corpus-based approach to the analysis of research verbs in academic texts. The First Ph.D. Conference in Linguistics and Philology in Bergen, 13-15.6. 2005.
  30. 2005b. A construction grammar approach to the analysis of lexico-grammatical patterns in academic texts. Phraseology 2005: The many faces of phraseology, Université Catholique de Louvain, 13-15.10.2005.
  31. 2005c. Is the concept of 'entrenchment' domain-specific? First UK Cognitive Linguistics Conference, Brighton, UK, 23-25.10.2005.

Organisation von Themensektionen auf internationalen Konferenzen

Zusammen mit Neal Snider (Nuance Communications), Daniel Wiechmann (RWTH Aachen) und Florian Jaeger (U Rochester, NY). Organisation der Themensektion Empirical Evaluations of Usage-Based Constructionist Models of Language Representation and Processing 2011 LSA Annual Meeting Organized Session, Pittsburgh, PA.