Niklas Erben Johansson

Niklas Erben Johansson, Ph.D.


pozice: post-doktorský vědecký pracovník Lund University a LING FF UK

oblasti odborného zájmu: ikoničnost a zvukový symbolismus, sémantika, typologie




  • Dellert, J., Erben Johansson, N., Frid, J., & Carling, G. (2021). Preferred sound groups of vocal iconicity reflect evolutionary mechanisms of sound stability and first language acquisition: evidence from Eurasia. Philosophical Transactions B, 237, 20200190.
  • Erben Johansson, N., Carr, J. W., & Kirby, S. (2021) Cultural evolution leads to vocal iconicity in an experimental iterated learning task. Journal of language evolution, 6(1), 1-25.
  • Erben Johansson, N., Anikin, A., Carling, G., & Holmer, A. (2020). The typology of sound symbolism: Defining macro-concepts via their semantic and phonetic features. Linguistic Typology, 24(2), 253-310.
  • Johansson, N., Anikin, A., & Aseyev, N. (2019). Color sound symbolism in natural languages. Language & Cognition, 12(1), 1-28.
  • Carling, G., Cronhamn, S., Eriksen, L., Farren, R. Johansson, N., & van de Weijer, J. (2019). The Cultural Lexicon of Indo-European in Europe: Quantifying Stability and Change. In: James Mallory Guus Kroonen & Bernard Comrie (eds.) Proceedings of the workshop on Indo-European origins held at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig, December 2-3, 2013. Journal of Indo-European Studies, Monograph Series, 65, 39-68.
  • Contributor to Carling, G. (ed.) (2019). The Mouton Atlas of Languages and Cultures. Berlin, Boston: De Gruyter Mouton.
  • Anikin, A., & Johansson, N. (2018). Implicit associations between individual properties of color and sound. Attention, Perception, & Psychophysics, 81(3), 764-777.
  • Carling, G., Larsson, F., Cathcart, C., Johansson, N., Holmer, A., Round, E., & Verhoeven, R. (2018). Diachronic Atlas of Comparative Linguistics (DiACL)—A database for ancient language typology. PLOS ONE, 13(10): e0205313.
  • Cathcart, C., Carling, G., Larsson, F., Johansson, N., & Round, E. (2018). Areal pressure in grammatical evolution: an Indo-European case study. Diachronica, 35(1), 1-34.
  • Johansson, N. (2017). Tracking linguistic primitives: The phonosemantic realization of fundamental oppositional pairs. In: Matthias Bauer, Angelika Zirker, Olga Fischer & Christina Ljungberg (eds.) Dimensions of Iconicity. Iconicity in Language and Literature 15, 39-62. Amsterdam: John Benjamins.
  • Contributor to Carling, Gerd (ed.) (2017-). DiACL – Diachronic Atlas of Comparative Linguistics Online. Lund: Lund University. (
  • Johansson, N. & Carling, G. (2015). The De-Iconization and Rebuilding of Iconicity in Spatial Deixis: A Indo-European Case Study. Acta Linguistica Hafniensia: International Journal of Linguistics, 47(1), 4-32.
  • Carling, G. & Johansson, N. (2014). Motivated language change: processes involved in the growth and conventionalization of onomatopoeia and sound symbolism. Acta Linguistica Hafniensia: International Journal of Linguistics, 46(2), 199-217.
  • Contributor to Carling, Gerd, in collaboration with Lenny Lindell and Gilbert Ambrazaitis (2014). Scandoromani – Remnants of a Mixed Language. Leiden: Brill.
  • Johansson, N., & Zlatev, J. (2013). Motivations for Sound Symbolism in Spatial Deixis: A Typological Study of 101 languages. The Public Journal of Semiotics, 5(1). Available at:
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