Bella Diekmann

An ECoG investigation of word frequency and predictability effects in spontaneous language processing

ErstbetreuerProf. Dr. Peter Auer
ZweitbetreuerProf. Dr. Tonio Ball

According to usage-based theory (Bybee 2001), the prior experience with language determines the ease of language processing, which is therefore influenced by the frequency of a word and its contextual predictability. The project at hand thus uses these two factors in order to operationalize the speaker’s prior experience with language and investigates the question how the latter is reflected in brain activity during overt, spontaneous and natural speech production. To this aim, simultaneously recorded video- and electrocorticography (ECoG) data which were obtained for diagnostics at the Epilepsy Center Freiburg will be analysed and studied.

SchlüsselbegriffeElectrocorticography, natural speech production, frequency, predictability