KollegiatInnen 3. Generation

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Luke Bradley

Frequency effects on word recognition in analytic and synthetic languages

ErstbetreuerProf. Dr. Dr. h.c. Bernd Kortmann HH
ZweitbetreuerDr. Alice Blumenthal-Dramé
DrittbetreuerProf. Dr. Cornelius Weiller

I am interested in the relationship between morphological typology and lexical processing. Using languages with comparatively rich (German) and poor (Vietnamese) morphology, I examine the dependencies between various frequency metrics, word processing difficulty, and the degree to which complex ...

Ana Estrada

The loss of intervocalic /d/ in the Iberian peninsula

ErstbetreuerProf. Dr. Daniel Jacob
ZweitbetreuerProf. Dr. Inés Fernández-Ordóñez (Madrid)

The loss of intervocalic /d/ in spoken Spanish is one of the most important and best-studied subjects in Hispanic Linguistics, both from a diachronic and a synchronic point of view. Many factors of change have been proposed to explain the evolution of the consonant, although frequency of use has ...

Helena Levy

Long-term effects of frequent accent exposure on word learning, perception and production

ErstbetreuerJunProf. Dr. Adriana Hanulíková HH
ZweitbetreuerProf. Dr. Lars Konieczny
DrittbetreuerProf. Dr. Nevedita Mani (Göttingen)

Listeners frequently perceive phonologically variable input, such as speech in regional or foreign accents. Both adults and children have more difficulties recognizing words in accented speech than in unaccented speech. The impact of these perceptual difficulties is lowered by experience with a ...

Karolina Rudnicka

The Statistics of Obsolescence: Case Studies from Late Modern English Grammar

ErstbetreuerProf. Dr. Dr. h. c. Christian Mair

The main goal of my project is to analyze and describe processes of grammatical obsolescence and decline in the recent history of English (ca. 1750 to the present) in the framework of usage-based approach. Going beyond the straightforward loss of constructions or fossilization, I study scenarios in ...

Laura Terassa

Morphological simplification in Asian Englishes: Frequency, substratum transfer, and institutionalization

ErstbetreuerProf. Dr. Dr. h. c. Christian Mair
ZweitbetreuerProf. Dr. Bernd Kortmann

Simplification is a well-described phenomenon in studies of language change and contact in general (e.g. Kusters 2000) and in World Englishes in particular (e.g. Kortmann & Szmrecsanyi 2009; Ansaldo 2010). Systematic attempts to investigate the role frequency effects play for simplification in ...

Emiel van den Hoven

Implicit verb causality: Context effects on production of events

ErstbetreuerProf. Dr. Evelyn Ferstl
ZweitbetreuerProf. Dr. Lars Konieczny

A robust finding in the psycholinguistic literature is that for many interpersonal verbs there is a clear bias concerning which argument caused the state or event described by the verb. In 'Steve praised Ann', Ann is usually considered the cause, whereas in 'Steve charmed Ann', Steve is the ...