Prof. Dr. Tibor Kiss +49 234 32-25114

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Prof. Dr. Tibor Kiss is chair for Theoretical and Computational Linguistics at the Linguistics Department of Ruhr-Universität Bochum since 1999. After finishing his studies in theoretical linguistics, philosophy, and germanic linguistics, he was working in various industrial research projects on natural language processing.


In my research, I am combining questions from theoretical linguistics (lexical representations, lexical semantics, syntax, and compositional semantics in particular) with methods from linguistic data science (data exploration, data analysis, annotation mining, machine learning with a particular focus on generalized linear mixed modelling).
Linguistic data science facilitates a broad coverage in pursuing theoretical hypotheses, while linguistic theories are required to formulate such hypotheses in the first place.
I thus understand current research in linguistics as an interaction of broad empirical coverage through corpus analysis (annotation mining in particular) and online experimentation with complex theoretical assumptions. Theoretical and computational linguistics (with a focus on linguistic data science) thus provide the basic pillars of a timely as well as comprehensive education in research-oriented linguistics.


syntax semantics data science generalized linear mixed models annotation mining linguistic ambiguity R machine learning experimental linguistics

Teaching - current and upcoming semester

WS 18/19

  • Linguistische Methoden 1
  • Einführung in die Analyse von Sprachdaten in R
  • Einführung in neuronale Netze mit R
  • Stimulus-Subjekt-Verben: theoretische, korpusbasierte und experimentelle Herangehensweisen

SS 19

[keine Lehrveranstaltungen wegen Forschungsfreisemester]

Current projects

Position and Interpretation of adverbial PPs in German clause structure

We approach the hypothesis that adverbial modifiers occupy absolute or relative fixed position in German clause structure. Therefore, we conduct experimental studies with test items systematically derived from annotated corpus data.

Earlier teachings

SS 18

  • Linguistische Schwerpunkte: Syntax
  • Zur Realität linguistischer Merkmale
  • Analyse linguistischer Daten
  • Zur Syntax der NP

WS 17/18

  • Einführung in die Syntax
  • Verbstellung
  • Einführung in Deep Learning
  • Formale Modelle der Zählbarkeit

SS 17

  • Linguistische Schwerpunkte: Syntax
  • Einführung in R für Linguisten und Computerlinguisten
  • Reflexivierung: Theorie, Korpus, Experiment
  • Datenanalyse mit R

WS 16/17

  • Einführung in die Syntax
  • Syntax-Analyse
  • Syntax in der generativen Grammatik
  • Korpusanalyse und Generalized Linear Mixed Models

Earlier projects

Syntactic analysis of preposition-noun combinations

The project investigated the grammar of non-canonic combinations of prepositions and countable singular nouns that violate the near-universal tendency of determiner realization.

Empirical approaches to the count/mass distinction

This project is supported by the Alexander-von-Humboldt-Foundation which has awarded the Annaliese Maier Research Award to the Canadian professor Francis Jeffry Pelletier (University of Alberta, Edmonton and Simon Fraser University, Burnaby B.C.)


Kiss, Tibor (2019) Determiner Omission in German Prepositional Phrases. Journal of Linguistics, 55(2), 305-355. Abrufbar:

Kiss, Tibor, F.J. Pelletier, Halima Husic & Johanna M. Poppek (2017) Issues of Mass and Count: Dealing with "Dual Life" Nouns. In Proceedings of the 6th Joint Conference on Lexical and Computer Smeantics (ACL-Sem 2017). Vancouver, Canada. 189-198. Abrufbar:

Kiss, Tibor & Alicia Katharina Börner (2016) Intuitive Ereignisinternalität trifft syntaktische Ereignis- und Prozessbezogenheit: Zur Grammatik komitativer Ppen. In Workshop Position und Interpretation. Syntax, Semantik und Informationsstruktur adverbialer Modifikatoren (4. Juni 2016, Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen). Tübingen, Germany.

Kiss, Tibor, F.J. Pelletier, Halima Husic, Johanna M. Poppek & R.N. Simunic (2016) A Sense-based Lexicon of Count and Mass Expressions: The Bochum English Countability Lexicon. In Proceedings of the Tenth International Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation LREC 2016. Portorož, Slovenia. Abrufbar:

Kiss, Tibor (2015) Zum Begriff der Zählbarkeit. Journal Culinaire 21: Bienen und Honig. Münster, Germany. 123-127.

Kiss, Tibor (2015) Models of Control. In Kiss, Tibor & Artemis Alexiadou (Eds.). Syntax – Theory and Analysis. An International Handbook. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter. 1321-1356.

Kiss, Tibor, F. Jeffry Pelletier & Halima Husic (2015) Pluralia Tantum in the Real World - On the inhomogeneity of their countability classes. Extended Abstracts for Lexical Plurals. Ghent University, Belgium.

Kiss, Tibor & Artemis Alexiadou (2015) Syntax – The State of a Controversial Art. In Kiss, Tibor & Artemis Alexiadou (Eds.). Syntax – Theory and Analysis. An International Handbook. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter. S. 1-15.

Kiss, Tibor & Claudia Roch (2014) Antonymic Prepositions and Weak Referentiality. In Aguilar-Guevara, Ana, Bert Le Bruyn & Joost Zwarts (Eds.). Weak Referentiality. Amsterdam/Philadelphia: John Benjamins. 73-100.

Kiss, Tibor, Halima Husic & F. Jeffry Pelletier (2014) The Bochum English Countability Lexicon, Distribution 2.0. Distribution notes for the BECL 2.0 release. Abrufbar:

Kiss, Tibor, F.J. Pelletier & Tobias Stadtfeld (2014) Building a Refernece Lexicon for Countability in English. In Proceedings of the LREC 2014. Reykjavik, Iceland. Abrufbar:

Kiss, Tibor, Antje Müller, Claudia Roch, Tobias Stadtfeld, Alicia Katharina Börner & Monika Duzy (2014) Ein Handbuch für die Bestimmung und Annotation von Präpositionsbedeutungen im Deutschen. Bochumer Linguistische Arbeitsberichte. Bochum. Ruhr-Universität Bochum. Abrufbar:

Kiss, Tibor & Tobias Stadtfeld (2012) EXCOTATE: An Add-on to MMAX2 for Inspection and Exchange of Annotated Data. Proceedings of COLING 2012. Mumbai, India. Abrufbar:

Kiss, Tibor (2012) Reflexicity and Dependency. In Alexiadou, A., Tibor Kiss & G. Müller (Eds.). Local Modeling of Non-Local Dependencies. Linguistische Arbeiten. 155-185.

Kiss, Tibor (2011) Bedingungen für den Wegfall eines Artikels: Distribution und Interpretation von Präposition-Nomen-Kombinationen. In Engelberg, Stefan, Anke Holler & Kristel Proost (Eds.). Sprachliches Wissen zwischen Lexikon und Grammatik. Berlin: Walter de Gruyter Verlag. 251-284.

Kiss, Tibor, Antje Müller & Claudia Roch (2011) On Adverbial Complements in German. In Conference on Government and Agreement. Cambridge, UK. Abrufbar:

Kiss, Tibor (2011) Reconstituting Grammar: Hagit Borer's Exoskeletal Syntax. A Review article. Linguistische Berichte. Abrufbar:

Kiss, Tibor, Katja Keßelmeier, Antje Müller, Claudia Roch, Tobias Stadtfeld & Jan Strunk (2010) A Logistic Regression Model of Determiner Omission in PPs. In Coling 2010. Beijing, China. Abrufbar:

Keßelmeier, Katja, Tibor Kiss, Antje Müller, Claudia Roch, Tobias Stadtfeld & Jan Strunk (2009) Mining for Preposition-Noun Constructions. In Proceedings of NODALIDA 2009. Tartu, Estonia. NEALT (North-Eastern Association of Language Technology). Abrufbar:

Kiss, Tibor, Katja Keßelmeier, Antje Müller, Claudia Roch, Tobias Stadtfeld & Jan Strunk (2009) Mining for Preposition-Noun Constructions. In Sahlgren, Magnus & Ola Knutsson (Eds.). Proceedings of the Workshop on Extracting and Using Constructions in NLP at the 17th Nordic Conference of Computational Linguistics. Odense, Denmark. Swedish Institute of Computer Science Technical Report T2009:10. Abrufbar:

Kiss, Tibor (2009) Technische Zugänge zum Wesen der Sprache. Vom Nutzen der Computerlinguistik für die Linguistik. In Anderlik, H. & K. Kaiser (Eds.). die Sprache Deutsch. Eine Ausstellung des Deutschen Historischen Museums Berlin. 15. Januar bis 3. Mai 2009. Dresden, Germany. Sandstein Verlag. 238-242. Abrufbar:

Kiss, Tibor (2008) Towards a Grammar of Preposition-Noun Combinations. In Müller, Stefan (Eds.). The Proceedings of the 15th International Conference on Head-Driven Phrase Structure Grammar. Stanford. National Institute of Information and Communications Technology, Keihanna: CSLI Publications. 116-130. Abrufbar:

Dömges, Florian, Tibor Kiss, Antje Müller & Claudia Roch (2007) Measuring the Productivity of Determinerless PPs. In Costello, Fintan, John Kelleher & Martin Volk (Eds.). Proceedings of the Fourth ACL-SIGSEM Workshop on Prepositions . Prague, Czech Republic. Stroudsburg, PA, USA: Association for Computational Linguistics. 31-37. Abrufbar:

Kiss, Tibor (2007) Produktivität und Idiomatizität von Präposition-Substantiv-Sequenzen. Zeitschrift für Sprachwissenschaft. 317-345.

Kiss, Tibor (2007) Review of Seuren 2004: Chomsky's Minimalism. Linguistische Berichte. 357-362. Abrufbar:

Kiss, Tibor (2006) Abseits von Welt und Sprecher - die moderne Linguistik. In Glei, R. F. (Eds.). Die Sieben Freien Künste in Antike und Gegenwart. Trier. Wissenschaftlicher Verlag. 193-215.

Kiss, Tibor (2006) Do we need a grammar of irregular sequences?. In Butt, M. (Eds.). Proceedings of KONVENS 2006. Konstanz. 64-70. Abrufbar:

Kiss, Tibor & Jan Strunk (2006) Unsupervised Multilingual Sentence Boundary Detection. Computational Linguistics. 485-525.

Kiss, Tibor (2005) Semantic Constraints on Relative Clause Extraposition. Natural Language and Linguistic Theory. 281-334.

Kiss, Tibor (2005) Subjektselektion bei Infinitiven. In Marillier, Jean-François & Claire Rozier (Eds.). Der Infinitiv im Deutschen. Tübingen: Stauffenburg Verlag. 115-132.

Kiss, Tibor (2003) Die Genese der Ausnahmeanapher. In Gunkel, L., G. Müller & G. Zifonun (Eds.). Arbeiten zur Reflexivierung. Studien zur Deutschen Sprache. Tübingen, Germany. Narr. 157-188. Abrufbar:

Kiss, Tibor (2002) Anmerkungen zur scheinbaren Konkurrenz von numerischen und symbolischen Verfahren in der Computerlinguistik. In Willée, G., B. Schröder & H.-C. Schmitz (Eds.). Computerlinguistik – Was geht, was kommt?. St. Augustin. Gardez Verlag. 163-171. Abrufbar:

Kiss, Tibor (2002) Phrasal typology and the interaction of topicalization, wh-movement and extraposition. In Kim, J.B. & S. Wechsler (Eds.). Proceedings of the 9th International Conference on Head-Driven Phrase Structure Grammar. Stanford. CSLI Publications. 109-128. Abrufbar:

Kiss, Tibor & Jan Strunk (2002) Scaled log likelihood ratios for the detection of abbreviations in text corpora. In Tseng, S.-C. (Eds.). Proceedings of COLING 2002. Taipeh. 1228-1232. Abrufbar:

Kiss, Tibor & Jan Strunk (2002) Viewing sentence boundary detection as collocation identification. In Busemann, S. (Eds.). Konvens 2002 Tagungsband. Saarbrücken, Germany. DFKI. 75-82. Abrufbar:

Kiss, Tibor (2001) Anaphora and Exemptness. A comparative treatment of anaphoric binding in German and English. In Flickinger, D. & A. Kathol (Eds.). The Proceedings of the 7th International Conference on Head-Driven Phrase Structure Grammar.. CSLI Publications. 182-197. Abrufbar:

Kiss, Tibor (2001) Configurational and Relational Scope Determination in German. In Meurers, W. D. & Tibor Kiss (Eds.). Constraint-based Approaches to Germanic Syntax. CSLI Publications. 141-175. Abrufbar:

Kiss, Tibor & Daniela Steinbrecher (1998) Lexical Replacement in Test Suites for the Evaluation of Natural Language Applications. In Proceedings of the First International Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation (LREC). Pisa/Granada.

Batliner, Anton, Anke Feldhaus, Stefan Geißler, Andreas Kiessling, Tibor Kiss, Ralf Kompe & Elmar Nöth (1996) Integrating Syntactic and Prosodic Information for the Efficient Detection of Empty Categories. In Proceedings of 13th International Conference on Computational Linguistics (Coling). 71-76.

Kiss, Tibos (1995) Infinite Komplementation – neue Studien zum deutschen Verbum infinitum. Linguistische Arbeiten. Tübingen: May Niemeyer Verlag.

Kiss, Tibor (1995) Merkmale und Repräsentationen. Eine Einführung in die deklarative Grammatikanalyse. Opladen. Westdeutscher Verlag.

Kiss, Tibor (1994) Obligatory Coherence. The Structure of German Modal Verb Construc­ti­ons. In Nerbonne, John, Klaus Net­ter & Carl Pollard (Eds.). German in Head-driven Phrase Structure Grammar. Stanford: CSLI Publications. 71-107.

Kiss, Tibor (1991) The Grammars of LILOG. In Herzog, Otthein & Claus-Rainer Rollinger (Eds.). Text Un­der­standing in LILOG: Integrating Computational Lingui­stics and Artifi­cial Intelligence. Berlin: Springer Verlag. 183-199.

Kiss, Tibor & Birgit Wesche (1991) Verb Order and Head Movement. In Herzog, Otthein & Claus-Rainer Rollinger (Eds.). Text Un­der­standing in LILOG: Integrating Computational Lingui­stics and Artifi­cial Intelligence. Berlin: Springer Verlag. 216-240.

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