Dr. Annika Herrmann

Director of the Experimental Sign Language Lab

Curriculum Vitae

Born 1980 in Bochum; 1999-2005 Master in German Philology and Geography at the Johannes-Gutenberg-University of Mainz; 2004 German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) scholarship for master thesis in Galway, Ireland, 2006-2009 PhD scholarship from the German Research Foundation (DFG) at the graduate college „Sentence Types: Variation and Interpretation“ at the Goethe-University of Frankfurt am Main; 2007-2009 teaching assistant at the German Department and the Department for Education at the Johannes-Gutenberg-University Mainz, PhD dissertation „Modal and Focus Particles in Sign Languages“, 10/2009-01/2010 research assistant in the workgroup „Neuro-cognitive foundations of language universals“ at the Department for English and Linguistics of the Johannes-Gutenberg-University of Mainz (project „Neurophysiological foundations of sign language“). 01/2010-06/2013 research assistant for linguistics and sign language research at the German Department of the Georg-August University of Göttingen.

Since 2013 director of the Experimental Sign Language Lab. 2010-2012 Fast Track program and scholarship „Excellence and Leadership Skills for Outstanding Women in Science“ of the Robert Bosch Stiftung. March 2012, award for the best dissertation in linguistics, Wilhelm von Humboldt Price of the German Linguistic Society (DGfS).

Main research interests

  • Linguistics
  • Sign language linguistics
  • The grammar of German Sign Language
  • Experimental sign language linguistics
  • Psycho- and neurolinguistics
  • Information structure
  • Prosody-syntax-interface


Website Sign Language Göttingen


  • Non-manual Signals and the Grammar of two (Related) Sign Languages (GIF), since 2013
    Priming across Modalities: The Influence of Orthography on Sign and Spoken Language Processing, seit 2013

  • CLARIN-D (fachspezifische Arbeitsgruppe 6), since 2011

  • COST Action Projekt: Unraveling the Grammars of European Sign Languages: Pathways to Full Citizenship of Deaf Signers and to the Protection of their Linguistic Heritage, since 2011

  • Bilateral Cooperation: University of Haifa - Universität Göttingen, 2011-2012

  • Organized conferences and workshops
    2012 „Experimental Studies in Sign Language Research“, AG-Workshop at the 34. Jahrestagung der DGfS 2012, Frankfurt am Main, organized by Barbara Hänel-Faulhaber and Annika Herrmann, 6.-9. März 2012.

    2011 „Unraveling the Grammars of European Sign Languages: Pathways to Full Citizenship of Deaf Signers and to the Protection of their Linguistic Heritage“, Second meeting of the Working Groups and the Management Committee, COST Action IS 1006, Göttingen, 15.-16. Oktober 2011.

    2011 „Complex Sentences and Beyond in Sign and Spoken Languages“, Lichtenberg-Kolleg Symposion, organized by Annika Herrmann, Roland Pfau, and Markus Steinbach, 13.-14. Oktober 2011.

    2011 „Workhop on Nonmanuals in ISL and DGS“, University of Haifa, Israel, organized by Svetlana Dachkovsky, Annika Herrmann, Jana Hosemann, Wendy Sandler, and Markus Steinbach, 5. September 2011.

    2011 „Workshop on Recent Developments in Sign Language Theory“, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, organized by Annika Herrmann and Markus Steinbach, 8. Juli 2011.

    2009 „Nonmanuals in Sign Languages (NISL)“, Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main, organized by Annika Herrmann, Markus Steinbach, and Helen Leuninger. 4.-5. April 2009.


    Book Series

    • Herrmann, Annika, Markus Steinbach & Ulrike Zeshan. Sign Languages and Deaf Communities (SLDC). Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter and Ishara Press.

    • Book Editor

    • Herrmann, Annika, Roland Pfau & Markus Steinbach (eds.)(in prep.): Complex Sentences and Beyond in Sign and Spoken Languages. Berlin: Mouton de Gryuter.

    • Herrmann, Annika & Markus Steinbach (eds.)(2013): Nonmanuals in Sign Languages. Benjamins Current Topics. Amsterdam, Philadelphia: John Benjamins.

    • Herrmann Annika & Markus Steinbach (eds.)(2011): Nonmanuals in Sign Languages. Sign Language & Linguistics, Special Issue 14:1.

    • Articles

    • Herrmann, Annika (in prep.): Prosodie in Gebärdensprachen. In: Domahs, Ulrike & Beatrice Primus (eds.), Handbuch Laut - Gebärde - Buchstabe. Handbücher Sprachwissen (HSW). Berlin/Bosten: De Gruyter Mouton.

    • Herrmann, Annika & Nina-Kristin Pendzich (to appear): Nonmanual gestures in Sign Languages. In: Müller, Cornelia, Alan Cienki, Ellen Fricke, Silva H. Ladewig, David McNeill, & Jana Bressem (eds.): Handbook Body - Language - Communication. Berlin, Boston: De Gruyter Mouton.

    • Herrmann, Annika (to appear): Modal and Focus Particles in Sign Languages: A Cross-Linguistic Study. Boston: Mouton de Gruyter.

    • Jana Hosemann, Annika Herrmann, Markus Steinbach, Ina Bornkessel-Schlesewsky, & Matthias Schlesewsky (2013): Lexical prediction via forward models: N400 evidence from German Sign Language. Neuropsychologia 51, 2224-2237.

    • Herrmann Annika & Markus Steinbach (2013): Satztypen in Gebärdensprache. In: Altmann, Hans, Jörg Meibauer & Markus Steinbach (eds.): Handbuch Satzarten. Berlin: De Gruyter. 786-814.

    • Herrmann, Annika (2012): Prosody in German Sign Language. In: Prieto, Pilar & Gorka Elordieta (eds.): Prosody and Meaning. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter. 349-380.

    • Herrmann Annika & Markus Steinbach (2012): Quotation in Sign Languages ? A Visible Context Shift. In: Alphen, Ingrid van & Isabelle Buchstaller (eds.): Quotatives. Cross-linguistic and cross-disciplinary perspectives. Amsterdam: Benjamins. 203-228.

    • Herrmann, Annika (2010): The interaction of eye blinks and other prosodic cues in German Sign Language. In: Sign Language & Linguistics 13:1. 3-39.

    • Herrmann, Annika (2007): The expression of modal meaning in German Sign Language and Irish Sign Language. In: Perniss, Pamela, Pfau, Roland & Markus Steinbach (eds.): Visible Variation. Comparative Studies on Sign Language Structure. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter. 245-278.

    • Herrmann, Annika & Markus Steinbach (2006): Wenn ich nicht ich ist. Zitieren in Gebärdensprachen. In: Elke Brendel, Jörg Meibauer & Markus Steinbach (eds.), Zitat und Bedeutung. Linguistische Berichte Sonderheft. Hamburg: Buske. 153-179.