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Associate Professor Dr Tzvetomira Venkova


Address: Department of English and American Studies, Faculty of Classical and Modern Philology, Sofia University St. Kliment Ohridski, Tzar Osvoboditel 15, 1504 Sofia, Bulgaria

Office: 164, Rectorate building

Phone: +359 899017727

Email: cvenkova@uni-sofia.bg

Professional interests: applied linguistics, syntax, computational linguistics, theory-based linguistic historiography, sociolinguistics

Research Grants: Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst Scholarship (2000), Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellowship (2005, 2006)



Practical Syntax

Language and Computer

Principles of Linguistic Analysis

Computational Linguistics

Electronic Corpora in Philological Practice

Theoretical Grammar

Previous: Introduction to Natural Language Processing, Local Grammars, Bulgarian Syntax, Lexical and Syntactic Aspects of Specialist Texts, Basic Skills for Oral and Written Communication, Translation of Specialist Texts, English Terminology, English for Special Purposes, English for Humanities, Practical English.

PhD Thesis Supervision

Dr Nadezhda Todorova. The Absolute Construction in English and its Representation in Bulgarian. Thesis defended on 12.06. 2017.

Dr Bilyana Ovcharova.  Preposing of Clausal Elements in English and Bulgarian. Thesis defended on 08.04. 2016.

Velichka Spasova. Interrogative Structures in English and Bulgarian. Work in progress.

Publications (selection):


  • Venkova, Tzvetomira 2007: The Unexpressed Object in English and An HPSG Account. Sofia: International Sociolinguistic Society. 220 pp. (Review: Angelov, A. 2010. Contrastive linguistics, 3/2010, 129-132.)
  • Venkova, Tzvetomira 1997: Compound Conjunctions in Terms of Natural Language Processing. Doctoral Thesis. Sofia. 279 pp.


  • Venkova, Tzvetomira 2017: Marr And Anti-Marr: The Receptive Turnabout in Bulgarian Lingusitics // Management and Sustainable Development. 2017, 4, ISSN 1311-4506 . 95-100. (in Bulgarian)
  • Venkova, Tzvetomira 2017: First Contribution to Bulgarian Generative Syntax: Hilmar Walter // Проглас, 2. 227-235, ISSN: 0861-7902. (in Bulgarian)
  • Venkova, Tzvetomira 2016: German-Bulgarian Interactions in Generative Grammar: Mediation and Reception. // Bulgarian-German Scientific Cooperation: Past, Present and Future. Sofia: 58-70.
  • Venkova, Tzvetomira 2016: Historiographic Aspects of Generativism in Bulgarian Grammar. //Philology – Classical and New. Sofia: Sofia University Press. 129- (in Bulgarian)
  • Venkova, Tzvetomira 2016: Legalizing American Generative Grammar in Bulgaria until 1989. // Language Situation – State and Tendencies. (Problems of Sociolinguistics XII), Sofia: International Sociolinguistic Society. 271-277. (in Bulgarian)
  • Venkova, Tzvetomira 2015: Bulgarian Polemics on American Generativism (1950s-1970s): A Peek through the Iron Curtain. // English Studies at NBU, 2015, 1, Issue 2. 101-114.
  • Venkova, Tzvetomira 2015: At the Crossroads of Linguistic Theories: Verb Combinatorics. // Slavia Meridionalis Warsaw: Polish Academy of Sciences. 122-138. (in Bulgarian)
  • Venkova, Tzvetomira 2015: Is Translator between Linguistic Theories Needed? // Current Tendencies in the Development of Pragmatics and Cognitive Linguistics. Sofia: Sofia University Press.124-138. (in Bulgarian)
  • Venkova, Tzvetomira 2014: An Electronic Corpus of Bulgarian Colloquial Speech: Looking Back and Ahead. // Language in Time and Space. (Problems of Sociolinguistics XI) Sofia: International Sociolinguistic Society, 424-435. (in Bulgarian)
  • Venkova, Tzvetomira 2012: The Infinitival Verb Complements in English and Bulgarian: an HPSG Account. // Language and Professional Communication и професионална комуникация. Sofia: Sofia University Press. 152-165.
  • Venkova, Tzvetomira 2011: The Language Expression of Virtual Friendship: the Unfriend // Language and Social Experience. (Problems of Sociolinguistics X). Sofia: International Sociolinguistic Society. 153-157. (in Bulgarian)
  • Venkova, Tzvetomira 2009: Cross-Linguistic Aspects of Subject Control – Boundaries, Boundary Crossing, Cross-boundary Transfer. Blagoevgrad: South-Western University “Neofit Rilski” Publishing House. 328-346.
  • Venkova, Tzvetomira 2009: The Unexpressed Object Alternation within the HPSG Framework. // The Philological Project in the Beginning of the 21st Sofia: Sofia University Press. 126-139. (in Bulgarian)
  • Venkova, Tzvetomira 2009: PRO-arb Valence Alternation in Bulgarian. // Stylistics and Linguistics, Turnovo: St. Cyril and Methodius University Press. 201-211. (in Bulgarian)
  • Venkova, Tzvetomira 2008: Formal Aspects of the Unexpressed Object. // Contrastive linguistics, 1/2008, 143-152.
  • Venkova, Tzvetomira 2008: Language-Specific Aspects of Bulgarian Verb Complementation within HPSG. // Bulgaristica – Studia et Argumenta (Specimina Philologiae Slavicae 151) (Hrsg.) Komati, Z. München: Otto Sagner. 272-281.
  • Venkova, Tzvetomira 2008: Universal and Language-specific HPSG Constraints in the Structure of Bulgarian VP. // Acta Universitatis Nicolai Copernici (Studia Slavica XI, Nauki Humanistyczno-społeczne 381). Toruń: Nicolaus Copernicus University Press. 161-174.
  • Venkova, Tzvetomira 2008: Street Language in Rap Music – Myths and Reality. // The Aggression of Street Language. (Problems of Sociolinguistics IX), Sofia: International Sociolinguistic Society. 176-182. (in Bulgarian)
  • Venkova, Tzvetomira 2008: Communication Behaviour and Lexicon in Rap Texts. // Proceedings of the 5th International conference “Language – a borderless phenomenon”, 12-14 June 2008, 268-271. (in Bulgarian)
  • Venkova, Tzvetomira 2008: A Formal Approach to Subject Control in // Annual of the Language Teaching Department at Sofia University, Vol. 15 (2), Sofia.
  • Venkova, Tzvetomira 2007: Object Alternations and the Structure of Bulgarian Verb Phrase. // Psycholinguistic Studies, Sofia: RIVA Publishers, 293-307.
  • Venkova, Tzvetomira 2007: Verb Classes Showing the PRO-arb Alternation. // Lexicography and Lexicology in the Modern World. V. Turnovo: Znak 94, 149-159. (in Bulgarian)
  • Venkova, Tzvetomira 2006: Unexpressed Object Alternations of Bulgarian Verbs in HPSG. // The Proceedings of the 13th International Conference on HPSG, Varna, 24-27 July 2006. Stanford: Centre for the Study of Language Publications. 441-455.


  • Venkova, Tzvetomira 2005: Valence Specifics of Bulgarian VP Feature-Structure in Regard to HPSG Universal Constraints. // Proceedings of the International Workshop ‘Language and Speech Infrastructure for Information Access in the Balkan Countries’. Borovetz, September 25.2005. 75-81.
  • Venkova, Tzvetomira 2005: The Cross-Linguistic Relevance of Head-Driven Phrase Structure Grammar Constraints in Regard to Bulgarian. // Linguistics Contributions in Honour of Prof. Dr Mihail Videnov. Sofia: Sofia University Press. 635-646.
  • Venkova, Tzvetomira 2004: A comparable retrieval collection of time clauses in Bulgarian and English colloquial speech. // Problems of Bulgarian Colloquial Speech, VI. Turnovo: St. Cyril and Methodius University Press. 67-73. (in Bulgarian)
  • Venkova, Tzvetomira 2004: Bilingual Corpora as a Source for Cross-Linguistic Study of Time Clauses. // Acta Universitatis Nicolai Copernici (Studia Slavica XI, Nauki Humanistyczno-społeczne 364). Toruń: Nicolaus Copernicus University Press. 105-116.
  • Venkova, Tzvetomira 2002: A Local Grammar Model for Unsupervised Recognition of Compound Conjunctions. // Balkanistica 15, University of Mississippi. 365-393.
  • Venkova, Tzvetomira 2002: Bilingual Corpora as a Platform for Cross-Linguistic Treebank Development. // Proceedings of the First Workshop on Treebanks and Linguistic Theories (TLT 2002), Sept. 20-21, 2002, Sozopol, 264-274.
  • Venkova, Tzvetomira 2001: On Some Instances of Conjunction Ellipsis in Embedded Clauses Coordination and Their Specificity In Colloquial Speech. // Problems of Bulgarian Colloquial Speech V. Turnovo: Faber 18-24. (in Bulgarian)
  • Venkova, Tzvetomira 2001: Ellipsis of Conjunction Elements and Its Reflection on the Structural-Intonational Patterns of Complex Sentences. // Acta Universitatis Nicolai Copernici (Studia Slavica XI, Nauki Humanistyczno-społeczne 351). Toruń: Nicolaus Copernicus University Press. 143-151.
  • Venkova, Tzvetomira 2000: A Local Grammar Disambiguator of Compound Conjunctions as a Pre-Processor for Deep Analysers. // Proceedings of ESSLLI-2000 Workshop on Linguistic Theory and Grammar Implementation, Hinrichs, D. Meurers, S. Wintner (eds.), Birmingham. 239-254.
  • Venkova, Tzvetomira 2000: Automatic Recognition of Compound Conjunctions by Local Grammars. // Working Papers in Linguistics 34, Trondheim: University of Trondheim Press. 327-338.
  • Venkova, Tzvetomira 1998: Specific aspects of the usage of compound da-conjunctions in Bulgarian colloquial speech. // Problems of Bulgarian Colloquial Speech, V. Turnovo: St. Cyril and Methodius University Press. 18-24. (in Bulgarian)
  • Venkova, Tzvetomira 1996: Computer concordance of the word da in colloquial speech. // Language and Social Contacts. (Problems of Sociolinguistics V), Sofia: International Sociolinguistic Society. 263-266. (in Bulgarian)
  • Venkova, Tzvetomira 1996: Corpus-Based Study of the Words Governing Da-Constructions in Bulgarian Fiction and Speech. // Working Papers in Linguistics 28, Trondheim: University of Trondheim Press. 319-328.
  • Venkova, Tzvetomira 1995: Da-constructions and Bulgarian language competence. // Sociolinguistics and Communication. (Problems of Sociolinguistics IV). Sofia: International Sociolinguistic Society. 189-191. (in Bulgarian)


  • Venkova, Tzvetomira 2017: Review: Toncheva,, Iliev, I. G. 2016. The Speech of Pripek Village, Dzhebelet Region. Plovdiv: Plovdiv University Press. // Bulgarica 34/2017. 132-133.
  • Venkova, Tzvetomira 2016: Review: Vesselinov, D., Angelova, A. 2015 Dictionary of French Words in Bulgarian. Sofia: Sofia University Press. 2015, Vol.1-508 p., Vol. 2- 532 p., Vol 3-430 p., (Vol. 4, 5, 6 ‒ in press) // Balgarski ezik 63 (2016), 3, 115-118.
  • Venkova, Tzvetomira 2013: Review: Bagasheva, A. Reflections on Compound Verbs and Compounding. Sofia: Sofia University Press. 182 p. – Foreign Language Teaching, (2013), 3, XXXX, 376-379.
  • Venkova, Tzvetomira 2012: Review: Angelov, A. G. 2012 Ecolinguistics or Ecology of the Endangered Languages and Linguistics of the Endangered Ecosystems, Sofia: International Sociolinguistic Society. 290 pp.+36 pp. bibliography. // Linguistique Balkanique LI (2012), 2-3, 243-247.


  • Venkova, Tzvetomira 2007: The 13th HPSG International Conference ,Varna, 24-27 July, 2006. Contrastive Linguistics 2007/2, 138-


  • Language Situation State and Tendencies. (Problems of Sociolinguistics XII), (eds.) Angelov, A., Aleksova, K., Cankov, K., Issa, K., Venkova, Tz., Apostolova, D., Getova,I. Sofia: International Sociolinguistic Society, 346 pp.
  • Language in Time and Space. (Problems of Sociolinguistics XI) (eds.) Videnov, M, Aleksova, K., Issa, K., Kantcheva, P., Angelov, A., Venkova, Tz. Sofia: International Sociolinguistic Society, 469 pp.
  • Problemyij jazyikoznanija. 2013. (Ed.-in-chief) Serova, S., (Sekr.): Naugolnyih, N. L., (Ed. Board): Alikina, E. V., Gural, S. K., Myishkina, E. R., Porshneva, E. R., Nesterova, N. M., Kushnina, E. V., Najmushin, B., Chakyirova, Ju. I., Levi, A. H., Venkova, Tz. Perm: Perm National Research Polytechnic University Pres, 208 pp.
  • Language and Professional Communication. 2012. Pavlova, G., Marinova, G, Venkova, Тz., Markova, A., Markova, M., Vitanova, D.) Sofia: Sofia University Press. 181 pp.


Participant in international and local research projects, reviewer of international linguistic magazines, vice-chair of the Humanities section of the Humboldt Union in Bulgaria, (2008-2012, 02. 2017- present), General Assembly of Sofia University member (2007-2011), Faculty Council member (2007-2011), member of academic degree committees (PhD and professorship), member staff selection committees (assistant-professorship), member of specialized student exam committees (SUATEFL, state exam, doctoral student exams, grant selection committees etc.).

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