Maximilian Frankowsky


Maximilian Frankowsky
Institut für Germanistik
Universität Leipzig
Beethovenstr. 15
D-04107 Leipzig

+49 341 97 37396


  • since October 2018:
    Associated doctoral student in the Research Training Programme Interaction of grammatical building blocks
  • since October 2017:
    Researcher at the Institute for German studies, Leipzig University
  • 2016-2017:
    Researcher at the Institute for German studies, University of Bonn
  • 2012-2015:
    MA in German studies (with a focus on linguistics), Münster University
    MA-thesis: Human after all: Humanness as a semantic principle in German and Chinese noun classification. A corpus-based study
  • 2013-2015:
    BA in China studies and communication studies (not completed), Münster University
  • 2014:
    Intern at the Department of Neuropsychology at Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Leipzig
  • 2012:
    Intern at the Department of German Studies at Xi’an International Studies University,  Xi’an (People’s Republic of China)
  • 2007-2011:
    BA in German Studies and Romance Philology: French at Münster University
    BA-thesis: On the relationship between word structure, gender and semantics

Research interests

  • Word formation
  • Inflection
  • Nominal classification
  • Semantics
  • Cognitive linguistics / psycholinguistics / neurolinguistics
  • Contrastive linguistics, especially german – chinese


  • Frankowsky, M. and Ke, D. 2015. Humanness and Classifiers in Mandarin Chinese. A Corpus-Based Study on Anthropocentric Classification. Language and Cognitive Science 2(1). 55–67.
last modified: 05.03.2020