Dr. Claudia Roch

Claudia.Roch@rub.de +49 234 32-25117

GA 2/141

Claudia Roch completed her doctoral studies in July 2018. She has been working at the chair for theoretical and computational linguistics first as a research assistant (since 2006) and as a research associate later on (since 2012) with short interruptions.


I’m interested in the sense disambiguation of polysemous expressions and the definition of annotation schemas for this purpose. As part of the development of a sense inventory for German prepositions I focus upon conditional, causal and concessive readings which are important for establishing coherence.
I address the semantic variability and context dependence of prepositions in connection with modality and factuality. In order to model the linguistic coding of speakers’ (un-)certain attitudes towards the occurrence of a situation I conducted a wide-range annotation study for German.
At the very center of corpus-linguistic methodology I work with annotation mining techniques with the aim of investigating several annotation layers at different linguistic levels. The analyses are complemented by the use of multivariate statistic models.
I’m also interested in the phenomena of article omission, countability, valency of (relational) nouns, and cross-linguistic investigations for Spanish and Catalan in these thematic fields.

semantic annotation
determiner omission
conditional, causal and concessive linguistic devices
modality and factuality
annotation mining
correspondence analysis

This semester

WS 20/21

  • Introduction to Linguistic Models [online course]
  • NN in Python [workshop, together with Mirjam Koch]


Past semesters

SS 20

  • NLP mit Python ('NLP in Python’) [4 SWS]

WS 19/20

  • Bedeutungsinventare für Präpositionalphrasen (‘Sense inventories for PPs’)
  • Modalität (‘Modality’)

SS 19

  • Bedeutungsdisambiguierung in der CL (‘Word sense disambiguation in the field of CL’)
  • Korrespondenzanalyse (‘Correspondence analysis’)

WS 17/18

  • Ansätze zur Polysemie (insb. von Präpositionen) (‘Approaches towards polysemy (with a focus on prepositions)’)

WS 16/17

  • Relationale Nomina (‘Relational nouns’)

WS 15/16

  • Kontrastive Linguistik (‘Contrastive Linguistics’)

SS 15

  • Bedeutungskonstituierung von Kausalzusammenhängen (‘Construction of meaning in the expression of causal relations’)

WS 13/14

  • Semantische Annotation (‘Semantic annotation’) [together with Antje Müller]


Roch, Claudia. 2018. Kontextabhängigkeit konditionaler Interpretationen von Präpositionalphrasen. Doctoral dissertation, Ruhr-Universität Bochum. aufrufbar: hss-opus.ub.ruhr-uni-bochum.de/opus4/frontdoor/deliver/index/docId/6112/file/diss.pdf

Roch, Claudia. 2017. When do prepositions give rise to causal inferences? Talk at the Workshop 'Linguistic Expressions and Devices that Yield the Implicature of Cause and Effect' at the 15th International Pragmatics Conference. Belfast, Northern Ireland.

Kiss, Tibor, Antje Müller, Claudia Roch, Tobias Stadtfeld, Alicia Katharina Börner & Monika Duzy. 2016. Ein Handbuch für die Bestimmung und Annotation von Präpositionsbedeutungen im Deutschen. Bochum, 1-440. aufrufbar: /media/pages/publikationen/Kiss2016Handbuch/kiss2016handbuch.pdf

Kiss, Tibor & Claudia Roch. 2014. Antonymic Prepositions and Weak Referentiality. In Aguilar-Guevara, Ana, Bert Le Bruyn & Joost Zwarts (Eds.). Antonymic Prepositions and Weak Referentiality. (Linguistics Today 219), 73-100. Amsterdam/Philadelphia: John Benjamins. aufrufbar: /media/pages/publikationen/Kiss2014Antonymic/2976054050-1590334627/apwr.pdf

Roch, Claudia. 2013. Influence of modality markers on the conditional interpretation of the German preposition 'ohne'. In Portner, Paul, Aynat Rubinstein & Graham Katz (Eds.). Proceedings of the IWCS 2013 Workshop on Annotation of Modal Meanings in Natural Language (WAMM), Potsdam, Germany, 33-37. aufrufbar: aclweb.org/anthology/W13-0305

Müller, Antje, Claudia Roch, Tobias Stadtfeld & Tibor Kiss. 2012. The Annotation of Preposition Senses in German. In Stolterfoht, Britta & Sam Featherston (Eds.). Empirical Approaches to Linguistic Theory. 63-82. Berlin/New York: Mouton de Gruyter. aufrufbar: /media/pages/publikationen/Mueller2012Annotation/lingevidence_neu.pdf

Kiss, Tibor, Antje Müller & Claudia Roch. 2011. On Adverbial Complements in German. In Conference on Explorations in Syntactic Government and Subcategorisation, Cambridge, UK. aufrufbar: /media/pages/publikationen/Kiss2011On/adverbial_compl.pdf

Müller, Antje, Claudia Roch, Tobias Stadtfeld & Tibor Kiss. 2011. Annotating Spatial Interpretations of German Prepositions. In O'Conner, Lisa (Eds.). Proceedings of the Fifth IEEE International Conference on Semantic Computing, Palo Alto, CA, USA, 459-466. aufrufbar: ieeexplore.ieee.org/document/6061501

Kiss, Tibor, Katja Keßelmeier, Antje Müller, Claudia Roch, Tobias Stadtfeld & Jan Strunk. 2010. A Logistic Regression Model of Determiner Omission in PPs. In Huang, Chu-Ren & Dan Jurafsky (Eds.). Coling 2010: Posters, Beijing, China, 561–569. aufrufbar: aclweb.org/anthology/C10-2064

Müller, Antje, Olaf Hülscher, Claudia Roch, Katja Keßelmeier, Tobias Stadtfeld, Jan Strunk & Tibor Kiss. 2010. An Annotation Schema for Preposition Senses in German. In Xue, Nianwen & Massimo Poesio (Eds.). Proceedings of the Fourth Linguistic Annotation Workshop, Uppsala, Sweden, 177-181. aufrufbar: aclweb.org/anthology/W10-1827

Müller, Antje, Katja Keßelmeier, Claudia Roch, Jan Strunk, Tobias Stadtfeld & Tibor Kiss. 2010 Creating a Feature Space for the Annotation of Preposition Senses in German, aufrufbar: ruhr-uni-bochum.de/theo-und-comp-ling/media/pages/publikationen/Mueller2010Creating/le10-booklet3.pdf*.

Roch, Claudia. 2010. Entwicklung eines Annotationsschemas für Präpositionsbedeutungen. B.A. thesis, Ruhr-Universität Bochum. aufrufbar: /media/pages/publikationen/Roch2010Entwicklung/roch2010entwickllung.pdf

Roch, Claudia, Katja Keßelmeier & Antje Müller. 2010. Productivity of NPN sequences in German, English, French, and Spanish. In Pinkal, Manfred, Ines Rehbein, Sabine Schulte im Walde & Angelika Storrer (Eds.). Semantic Approaches in Natural Language Processing: Proceedings of the 10th Conference on Natural Language Processing, Saarbrücken, Germany, 157-161. aufrufbar: universaar.uni-saarland.de/monographien/volltexte/2010/12/pdf/konvens_2010.pdf

Keßelmeier, Katja, Tibor Kiss, Antje Müller, Claudia Roch, Tobias Stadtfeld & Jan Strunk . 2009. Mining for Preposition-Noun Constructions in German. 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. aufrufbar: diva-portal.org/smash/get/FULLTEXT01.pdf/diva2:1042602

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, 31-37. aufrufbar: aclweb.org/anthology/W07-1605