Dr. Halima Husić

Halima.Husic@rub.de +49 234 32-25117

GA 2/141

Halima Husić is a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Linguistic Data Science Lab. She obtained her Ph.D. from Ruhr-University where she also received her Bachelor's (2011) and Master's degree (2013) in Computational Linguistics. She has been employed at the Chair for Computational and Theoretical Linguistics since 2013 where she worked on various projects as a research associate.


In 2010, I started working at the Chair for Computational and Theoretical Linguistics as a student assistant where I investigated the syntactic attachments of PPs in the PNC project lead by Prof. Tibor Kiss. PP-attachment in German appears to be the most prominent case for structural ambiguity which is why parsing techniques often fail to provide a correct syntactic structure for this issue. Since 2014, I am a member of the AFM project, where I collaborate on the development and distribution of the Bochum English Countability Lexicon with Prof. Tibor Kiss, Prof. Francis Jeffry Pelletier and Johanna Marie Poppek.
For my Ph.D. thesis, I studied the countability distinctions among abstract nouns and provided an empirical investigation by means of Annotation Mining and corpus studies. Based on the generalizations drawn from this, I offered a theoretical analysis for the lexical semantics of a subset of abstract nouns, i.e. eventuality denoting nominals.
Besides, I am interested in cross-linguistics issues related to the syntax-semantics interface such as case alternation, definiteness and polysemy of PPs.

Formal Semantics
Lexical Ambiguity
Abstract Nouns


Past semesters

WS 21/22

  • AC: Topics in Compositional Semantics

SS 20

  • PS: Formale Semantik von verbalen und nominalen Ereignissen (Di 10-12)

WS 19/20

  • PS: Formale Modelle der Zählbarkeit (Mi 14-16)

SS 19

  • Between Polysemy and Meanings Shifts

WS 18/19

  • Abstract Nouns

SS 18

  • Einführung in die Nominalsemantik

WS 17/18

  • Symbolische und statistische Verfahren in der Computerlinguistik (mit Johanna Poppek)

SS 17

  • Sortenpotential deverbaler Nominalisierungen

SS 15

  • Grundkurs Syntax


Husić, H. 2020. On Abstract Nouns and Countability. An Empirical Investigation into the Countability of Eventuality Denoting Nominals. Ph.D. Thesis. In Studies in Linguistics and Linguistic Data Science, Vol1, Bochum.

Husić, H. 2020. A vagueness based analysis of abstract nouns. In Proceedings of Sinn und Bedeutung 24, Universität Osnabrück.

Kiss, T., Pelletier, F.J. & Husić, H. (to appear). The Semantics of the Count/Mass Distinction: Recent Developments and Challenges: Cambridge University Press.

Husić , H. 2019. Countability Distinctions in Abstract Nouns. A Formal Account of the Countability of Qualities, States und Processes. Talk presented at 44. Annual Meeting of the Berkeley Linguistic Society. Berkeley, CA, USA.

Husić, H. & Renans, A. 2019. The definite interpretation carried by accusative is an implicature --- evidence from Bosnian-Serbian-Croatian. Talk presented at 41. Jahrestagung der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Sprachwissenschaft. Universität Bremen, Germany.

Husić , H. & Renans, A. 2019. The inferences of accusative and genitive in acc/gen alternation in Bosnian-Croatian-Serbian. Talk presented at Formal Approaches to Slavic Linguistics (FASL) 28, Stony Brook University, New York, USA.

Husić, H. 2018. The Count/Mass Distinction in Abstract Nouns. Talk presented at 44. Generative Grammatik des Südens. Univesität Potsdam, Germany.

Husić, H. 2018. Towards a Formal Account of the Countability of Qualities and Events. Invited Talk at the Semantic and Pragmatic Exchange Colloquium. Heinrich Heine Universität Düsseldorf, Germany.

Husić, H. 2018. Towards a formal semantics of countability. Talk presented at 12. Sprachwissenschaftliche Tagung für Promotionsstudierende, Technische Universität Chemnitz, Germany.

Kiss, Tibor, F. Jeffry Pelletier, Halima Husic & Johanna M. Poppek. 2017. Atomicity Revisited. Descrepancies in Logical Analyses of Plural Number. KU Leuven, Brussels. aufrufbar: count-and-mass.org/docs/presentation_Brussels.pdf*

Kiss, T., Pelletier, F.J., Husić, H. & Poppek, J.M. 2017. Issues of Mass and Count: Dealing with "Dual Life" Nouns. In Proceedings of the 6th Joint Conference on Lexical and Computer Semantics (ACL-Sem 2017), Vancouver, Canada, 189-198. aufrufbar: /media/pages/publikationen/Kiss2017Issues/starsem2017published.pdf

Kiss, T., Pelletier, F.J., Husić, H., Poppek, J.M. & Simunic, R.N.. 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, aufrufbar: /media/pages/publikationen/Kiss2016Sense-based/lrec2016.pdf

Husić, H. 2015. BECL 2.0. Department of Linguistics, Ruhr-Universität Bochum. aufrufbar: prezi.com/3osztpzi_ulv/halima-husic*

Kiss, T., Pelletier, F.J. & Husić, H. 2015. Pluralia Tantum in the Real World - On the inhomogeneity of their countability classes. Talk presented at Lexical Plurals. Ghent University, Belgium

Kiss, T., Husić, H. & Pelletier, F.J. 2014. The Bochum English Countability Lexicon, Distribution 2.0. Distribution notes for the BECL 2.0 release. aufrufbar: count-and-mass.org/docs/BECL_2_0_Distribution_Introduction.pdf

Husić, H. 2013. Definition eines Goldstandards für die Präpositionalanbindung in automatisierten Dependenzgrammatiken, Abschlussarbeit an der Ruhr-Universität Bochum.