Dr. Neele Becker

Research Interests

  • Classification systems in general, especially numeral classification in Thai, Chinese and Japanese
  • Syntax, semantics, pragmatics (especially implicatures) and symbolic logic
  • Theoretical analyses in general, especially of raw data
  • Field work, data elicitation



  • Implicatures
  • Numeral classifiers
  • Optimality theory
  • Slips of the tongue
  • Language typology and universals
  • Pragmatics
  • Semantics
  • Language documentation
  • Sprachstrukturen der Erde


Education and scientific career

  • 2005 Doctor of Philosophy (summa cum laude) PhD thesis: Numeralklassifikatoren im Thai
  • 2005-2006 Associate lecturer (Department of English and Linguistics) University of Mainz
  • Since 2006 Scientific assistant (Department of English and Linguistics) University of Mainz
  • 2006 Financial support by the "Forschungsfonds 2006", University of Mainz
  • Since 11/2006 Member of COST (European Cooperation in the field of Scientific and Technical Research), Action A31 (Stability and adaptation of classification systems in a cross-cultural perspective)
  • 2007-2008 Research Fellow "Language and Cognition Group", Max-Planck-Institute for Psycholinguistics, Nijmegen, The Netherlands
  • Team Member of DoBeS project "Tongues of the Semang", coordinator of survey work in Thailand
  • Since 2009 Scientific assistant (Department of English and Linguistics) University of Mainz
  • 2020 JGU Teaching Award