Background and activities


Research interests: Syntax and semantics, linguistic text analysis and data-oriented language analysis.


RESEARCH PROFILE: I am particularly interested in the development of digital tools that allow linguists to create their own research data. My field of study is data-driven formal analysis of natural language using both Lexical Functional Grammar and Head-Driven Phrase Structure Grammar. I have worked on Generative Syntax, Lexical Semantics (spatial semantics) and have experience in Grammar Engineering in the context of machine translation. For the last 10 years, I have worked on linguistic issues and Natural Language Processing for lesser resourced languages. My main languages of study are Akan, a Kwa language of West Africa, and Runyankore-Rukiga a Bantu language spoken in Uganda.
Together with Professor emeritus  Lars Hellan I work on a comparative valence lexicon for Norwegian and German.
Norwegian - German Valence Lexicon, Research Project together with the University of Leipzig, Germany and the Technische Hochschule Darmstadt, Germany (2019 - 2021).
Aspects of Linguistic Complexity. Comparative German/Norwegian Valence Approach to the creation of resources for Easy-To-Understand Language
IS-DAAD project (2018/19) 
Digital Infrastructure for corpus work in research and education - A model approach
A IS-DAAD project (2016/17)
TypeCraft - an online natural language database and Annotation Editor. 
LOGON - Lexicon, Lexical Semantics, Grammar, and Translation for Norwegian. 
The Legon-Trondheim Linguistic Research Cooperation (Under the NUFU schema).

Scientific, academic and artistic work

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  • Beermann, Dorothee. (2021) Akan-English Dictionary. Google Play Store, Apple Store. 2021.


  • Beermann, Dorothee; Hellan, Lars. (2020) Enhancing grammar and valence resources for Akan and Ga. West African languages. Linguistic theory and communication.
  • Beermann, Dorothee; Hellan, Lars; Mihaylov, Pavel; Struck, Anna. (2020) Developing a Twi (Asante) Dictionary from Akan Interlinear Glossed Texts. Proceedings of the LREC 20201st Joint SLTU and CCURL Workshop(SLTU-CCURL 2020).
  • Beermann, Dorothee; Soria, Claudia; Sakti, Sakriani; Besacier, Laurent. (2020) Proceedings of the LREC 20201st Joint SLTU and CCURL Workshop(SLTU-CCURL 2020). European Language Resources Association. 2020. ISBN 979-10-95546-35-1.
  • Hellan, Lars; Beermann, Dorothee. (2020) Presentational and related constructions in Norwegian with reference to German. Thetics and Categoricals.
  • Hellan, Lars; Beermann, Dorothee. (2020) Thetische Repräsentationen und die Präsentativkonstruktion im Norwegischen und Deutschen. Zur Architektur von Thetik und Kategorik.
  • Hellan, Lars; Beermann, Dorothee; Bruland, Tore; Aamot, Elias; Haugland, Tormod. (2020) Creating a Norwegian valence corpus from a deep grammar. Human Language Technology. Challenges for Computer Science and Linguistics. 8th Language & Technology Conferene, LTC2017.
  • Quasthoff, Uwe; Hellan, Lars; Körner, Erik; Eckart, Thomas; Goldhahn, Dirk; Beermann, Dorothee. (2020) Typical Sentences as a Resource for Valence. Proceedings of the 12th Language Resources and Evaluation Conference.


  • Beermann, Dorothee. (2019) Locative nominals in Runyankore-Rukiga. Nominal expressions in the Bantu languages . LLACAN, CNRS; Paris. 2019-06-01 - 2019-06-01.
  • Beermann, Dorothee. (2019) Tense, Modality and Aspect in Krio - A corpus based study. The grammar of verbs and their arguments: a cross-linguistic perspective. Studies in African Linguistics..
  • Beermann, Dorothee; Hellan, Lars; Haugland, Tormod; Struck, Anna. (2019) Et korpusbasert sammenlignende valensprosjekt for norsk og tysk. MONS (Møter om norsk språk) ; 2019-11-27 - 2019-11-29.
  • Siegel, Melanie; Beermann, Dorothee; Hellan, Lars. (2019) Aspects of Linguistic Complexity: A German – Norwegian Approach to the Creation of Resources for Easy-To-Understand Language. 2019 Eleventh International Conference on Quality of Multimedia Experience (QoMEX) . IEEE; Berlin. 2019-05-05.
  • van Dommelen, Wim A.; Beermann, Dorothee. (2019) Tonal properties of the Akan particle 'na'. Proceedings of the 19th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences.


  • Beermann, Dorothee; Hellan, Lars. (2018) Creation and reusability of digital resources from two related Kwa languages The case of Akan and Ga. SyWAL 2018 (Symposium of West African Languages) ; 2018-09-26 - 2018-09-29.
  • Beermann, Dorothee; Hellan, Lars. (2018) West African serial verb constructions: the case of Akan and Ga. The Routledge Handbook of African Linguistics.
  • Beermann, Dorothee; Hellan, Lars; Haugland, Tormod; Ssentanda, Medadi; Quasthoff, Uwe; Goldhahn, Dirk; Eckart, Thomas. (2018) Digital Infrastructure for Morpho-syntactic Analysis of Under-Resourced Languages: A Case Study for Luganda. SLE2018 ; 2018-08-28 - 2018-09-01.


  • Beermann, Dorothee. (2017) Infinitives. Contrastive Studies in Verbal Valency.



  • Beermann, Dorothee. (2015) Data management and analysis for endangered languages. Endangered Languages and New Technologies.




  • Beermann, Dorothee. (2012) Contrastive Norwegian-German Valency. 45th Annual Meeting of the Societas Linguistica Europaea . Department of Linguistics, Stockholm University; Stockholm. 2012-08-29 - 2012-09-01.
  • Beermann, Dorothee; Mihaylov, Pavel. (2012) TypeCraft.Collaborative databasing and Resource sharing for Linguists. 9th Extended Semantic Web Conference, Workshop, Interacting with Linked Data . ESWC; Heraklion. 2012-05-27 - 2012-05-31.
  • Beermann, Dorothee; Mihaylov, Pavel; Sloetjes, Han. (2012) Linking annotations. Steps towards tool-chaining in Language Documentation. Service-oriented Architecture. Solutions and Impact. Workshop at Digital Humanities 2012, Hamburg, Germany . Digital Humanities 2012; Hamburg University. 2012-07-16 - 2012-07-22.
  • Hellan, Lars; Beermann, Dorothee. (2012) Spatial Prepositions as Typed Feature Structures. 'Meaning of P' . Ruhruniversität Bochum; Bochum. 2012-11-24 - 2012-11-26.


  • Beermann, Dorothee. (2011) TypeCraft - Text Annotation in the context of African Linguistics. North-South Contributions to African Languages.
  • Beermann, Dorothee; Hellan, Lars. (2011) Inducing grammar from IGT. Proceedings of the 5th Language and Technology Conference: Human Language Technologies as a Challenge for Computer Science and Linguistics (LTC 2011).
  • Beermann, Dorothee; Hellan, Lars. (2011) Inducing grammar from IGT. 5th Language & Technology Conference . University of Poznán; Posnán. 2011-11-25 - 2011-11-27.
  • Beermann, Dorothee; Mihaylov, Pavel. (2011) e-Research for Linguists. Association for Computational Linguistics - ACL HLT 2011 . The Association for Computational Linguistics; Portland, Oregon. 2011-06-19 - 2011-06-24.


  • Beermann, Dorothee; Mihaylov, Pavel. (2009) Glossing and databasing for linguists. Multilingualism. Proceedings of the 23rd Scandinavian Conference of Linguistics.
  • Beermann, Dorothee; Mihaylov, Pavel. (2009) Interlinear Glossing On-Line. Proceedings of 4th Language & Technology Conference.
  • Beermann, Dorothee; Mihaylov, Pavel. (2009) Interlinear glossing and its role in theoretical and descriptive studies of African and other lesser-documented languages. Proceedings of the First Workshop on Language Technologies for African Languages.



  • Beermann, Dorothee; Hellan, Lars. (2006) Word Sense and Semantic Disambiguation of Constructions in a Deep Processing Grammar. Proceedings of the 5th International Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation (LREC 2006).


  • Beermann, Dorothee; Hellan, Lars. (2005) Preposition stranding and locative adverbs in German. Organizing Grammar. Linguistic Studies in Honor of Henk van Riemsdijk.
  • Beermann, Dorothee; Brindle, Jonathan; Hellan, Lars; Tedla, Solomon Gebrechristos; Furberg, Janicke; Bayiga, Florence Tendo; Otoo, Yvonne Akwele Amaa; Dakubu, Mary Esther Kropp. (2005) A Comparison of Comparatives. Proceedings of the LFG-conference.



  • Hellan, Lars; Beermann, Dorothee. (2002) VP-Chaining in Oriya. Proceedings of the LFG02 Conference National Technical University of Athens, Athens Miriam Butt and Tracy Holloway King (Editors) 2002 CSLI Publications http:/


  • LeBlanc, David; Riemsdijk, Henk van; Beermann, Dorothee. (1997) Rightward Movement. John Benjamins Publishing Company. 1997. Linguistik Aktuell Linguistics Today.