My Publications


Levshina, Natalia. 2015. How to Do Linguistics with R: Data exploration and statistical analysis. Amsterdam: John Benjamins.

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My new book

Edited volumes

Schmidtke-Bode, Karsten, Natalia Levshina, Susanne M. Michaelis & Ilja A. Seržant (eds.). 2019. Explanation in typology: Diachronic sources, functional motivations and the nature of the evidence. Berlin: Language Science Press. Open access

Journal articles (peer-reviewed)

Levshina, Natalia. 2019. Token-based typology and word order entropy: A study based on Universal Dependencies. Linguistic Typology 23(3): 533–572. Open access

Levshina, Natalia. 2018. Probabilistic grammar and constructional predictability: Bayesian generalized additive mixed-effects models of help + (to) Infinitive in varieties of web-based English. Glossa 3(1): 1-22. Open access .

Levshina, Natalia. 2018. Anybody (at) home? Communicative efficiency knocking on the Construction Grammar door. Yearbook of the German Cognitive Linguistics Association 6: 71-90.

Levshina, Natalia. 2018. Finding the best fit for direct and indirect causation: a typological study. Lingua Posnaniensis 58(2) (2016): 65–83.

Levshina, Natalia. 2017. A Multivariate Study of T/V Forms in European Languages Based on a Parallel Corpus of Film Subtitles. Research in Language 15(2): 153-172. Open access

Levshina, Natalia & Liesbeth Degand. 2017. Just because: In search of objective criteria of subjectivity expressed by causal connectives. Dialogue & Discourse 8(1): 132-150. Open access

Levshina, Natalia. 2017. Measuring iconicity: A quantitative study of lexical and analytic causatives in British English. Functions of Language 24(3): 319-347.

Levshina, Natalia. 2017. Subtitles as a Corpus: An n-gram approach. Corpora 12(3): 311–338. revised version (pdf)

Divjak, Dagmar, Natalia Levshina & Jane Klavan. 2016. Cognitive Linguistics: Looking back, looking forward. Cognitive Linguistics 27(4): 447-464. Link

Levshina, Natalia. 2016. When variables align: A Bayesian multinomial mixed-effects model of English permissive constructions. Cognitive Linguistics 27(2): 235-268.

Levshina, Natalia. 2016. Why we need a token-based typology: A case study of analytic and lexical causatives in fifteen European languages. Folia Linguistica 50(2): 507–542.

Levshina, Natalia. 2016: Verbs of letting in Germanic and Romance languages: A quantitative investigation based on a parallel corpus of film subtitles. Languages in Contrast 16(1): 84-117. draft (pdf)

Levshina, Natalia. 2015. European analytic causatives as a comparative concept. Evidence from a parallel corpus of film subtitles. Folia Linguistica 49(2): 487-520. draft (pdf)

Levshina, Natalia. 2014. Geographic variation of quite + ADJ in twenty national varieties of English: A pilot study. Yearbook of the German Cognitive Linguistics Association 2(1): 109-126.

Levshina, Natalia, Dirk Geeraerts & Dirk Speelman. 2013. Towards a 3D-Grammar: Interaction of linguistic and extralinguistic factors in the use of Dutch causative constructions. Journal of Pragmatics 52: 34-48. draft (pdf)

Levshina, Natalia, Dirk Geeraerts & Dirk Speelman. 2013. Mapping constructional spaces: A contrastive analysis of English and Dutch analytic causatives. Linguistics 51(4): 825-854. draft (pdf)

Levshina, Natalia. 2012. Comparing constructicons: A usage-based analysis of the causative construction with doen in Netherlandic and Belgian Dutch. Constructions and Frames 4(1): 76-101. draft (pdf)

Articles in collective volumes

Levshina, Natalia. In press. Conditional inference trees and random forests. In: Magali Paquot & Stefan Th. Gries (eds.), Practical Handbook of Corpus Linguistics. New York: Springer.

Levshina, Natalia. 2019. Linguistic Frankenstein, or How to test universal constraints without real languages. In Karsten Schmidtke-Bode, Natalia Levshina, Susanne M. Michaelis & Ilja Seržants (eds.), Explanation in linguistic typology: Diachronic sources, functional motivations and the nature of the evidence. Berlin: Language Science Press. Pdf (open access)

Schmidtke-Bode, Karsten & Natalia Levshina. 2019. Reassessing scale effects on differential case marking: Methodological, conceptual and theoretical issues in the quest for a universal. In Ilja A. Seržant & Alena Witzlack-Makarevich (eds.), The diachronic typology of differential argument marking, 509–537. Berlin: Language Science Press. Pdf (open access)

Levshina, Natalia. 2016. A geometric exemplar-based model of semantic structure: The Dutch causative construction with laten. In Jiyoung Yoon & Stefan Th. Gries (Eds.), Construction Grammar beyond English: Observational and experimental approaches, 241-262. Amsterdam: John Benjamins.draft (pdf)

Levshina, Natalia. 2015. How Europeans GIVE: A two-layered semantic typology based on parallel corpora. In B. Nolan, G. Rawoens & E. Diedrichsen (Eds.), Causation, Permission, and Transfer: Argument realisation in GET, TAKE, PUT, GIVE and LET verbs, 147–175. Amsterdam: John Benjamins.

Levshina, Natalia. 2014. Putting meaning on the map: Integration of geographic and semantic variation in multivariate models of language use. In Seržant, I. A. and B. Wiemer (Eds.), Contemporary approaches to dialectology: The area of North, Northwest Russian and Belarusian vernaculars. Slavica Bergensia 13, 37-52. Bergen: University of Bergen. draft (pdf)

Levshina, Natalia, Dirk Geeraerts & Dirk Speelman. 2014: Dutch causative constructions with doen and laten: Quantification of meaning and meaning of quantification. In D. Glynn & J. Robinson (eds.), Corpus Methods for Semantics: Quantitative studies in polysemy and synonymy, 377–414. Amsterdam: John Benjamins.

Levshina, Natalia & Kris Heylen. 2014. A Radically Data-driven Construction Grammar: Experiments with Dutch causative constructions. In R. Boogaart, T. Colleman & G. Rutten (Eds.), Extending the Scope of Construction Grammar, 17-46. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter. draft (pdf)

Gast, Volker & Natalia Levshina. 2014. Motivating w(h)-clefts in English and German: A hypothesis-driven parallel corpus study. In Anna-Maria de Cesare (ed.), Frequency, Forms and Functions of Cleft Constructions in Romance and Germanic. Contrastive, Corpus-Based Studies, 377–414. Berlin: de Gruyter Mouton.

Publications in peer-reviewed conference proceedings

Levshina, Natalia. 2017. Communicative efficiency and syntactic predictability: A crosslinguistic study based on the Universal Dependencies corpora. Proceedings of the NoDaLiDa 2017 Workshop on Universal Dependencies (UDW 2017), Gothenburg, Sweden, 22 May 2017, 72–78. paper (pdf)

Levshina, Natalia, Dirk Geeraerts and Dirk Speelman. 2011. Changing the world vs. changing the mind: Distinctive collexeme analysis of the causative construction with doen in Belgian and Netherlandic Dutch, 111-123. In F. Gregersen, J. Parrot and P. Quist (eds.), Language variation - European perspectives III. Selected papers from the 5th International Conference on Language Variation in Europe, Copenhagen, June 2009. Amsterdam: John Benjamins. draft (pdf)

Other publications

Levshina, Natalia. 2016. Control, causation and Google counts. Nederlandse Taalkunde 21(2): 253-263. draft (pdf)

Levshina, Natalia. 2015. Semantic maps. In P. Karlík, M. Nekula and J. Pleskalová (eds.) Nový encyklopedický slovník češtiny [New Encyclopedic Dictionary of Czech]. Prague: Nakladatelství Lidové noviny.

Levshina, Natalia, Dirk Geeraerts and Dirk Speelman 2010. Towards a 3D-Grammar: Variation of Dutch causative constructions. In: Pre-print of the papers presented at the 34th International LAUD symposium, March 15-18 2010, Landau/Pfalz, 71-91. Essen: LAUD Linguistic Agency. paper (pdf)


Levshina, Natalia. 2013. Statistical Methods in Language and Linguistic Research. [Review of the book by Pascual Cantos Gomez, 2013] LinguistList. link

Levshina, Natalia. 2011. Quantitative Methods in Cognitive Semantics: Corpus-driven approaches. [Review of the book by Dylan Glynn and Kerstin Fisher (eds.) 2010]. LinguistList. link

Impe, Leen and Natalia Levshina 2009. Contemporary Corpus Linguistics [Review of the book by Paul Baker (ed.) Contemporary Corpus Lingustics] English Text Construction 2:2 (2009), 289-290.

Unpublished manuscripts

Levshina, Natalia. 2011. Doe wat je niet laten kan [Do what you cannot let]: A usage-based analysis of Dutch causative constructions. PhD dissertation, University of Leuven. summary and full text

Levshina, Natalia. 2006. Kosvennyje rečevyje taktiki v predvybornom diskurse [Indirect speech tactics in pre-election discourse]. Candidate's dissertation, St Petersburg State University.