Silke Brandt

Guest of the GRK in 2011

Language Acquisition: Training and generalization across constructions

1. SupervisorProf. Dr. Heike Behrens
2. SupervisorProf. Dr. Elena Lieven

I do corpus analyses and experimental studies to investigate how children's comprehension and productive use of specific (complex) linguistic structures is guided by the form and function of these and related structures in their input. I see language acquisition as a general learning process and ...

Sven Grawunder

Guest of the GRK in 2010

Glottalization in the languages of the Caucasus and Transcausus

Towards model of frequency and gradience of a feature in language contact situations


Although grounded in areal typology this project looks at the relation of frequency of occurrence and areal distribution of (phonetic) features, specifically in the languages of the Caucasus. On the one hand, the project aims to explain the motivation for sound change within a defined geographical ...

Elisabeth Gülich

Guest of the GRK in 2014



Arne Lohmann

Guest of the GRK in 2010

Frequency and order in coordinate constructions


The project I am working on aims at a description as well as an explanation of constituent order in coordinate constructions in spoken English on several levels, ranging from morphology to the phrasal level. Crucially, frequency features high among the variables influencing this linearization ...

Pekka Posio

Guest of the GRK in 2011

First person singular subjects and verbs in spoken European Portuguese and Peninsular Spanish

1. SupervisorSeppo Kittilä, Prof. Dr.
2. SupervisorMaría José Serrano, Prof. Dr.

I defended my thesis entitled "Pronominal subjects in Peninsular Spanish and European Portuguese: semantics, pragmatics, and formulaic sequences" in November 2012. I am very grateful to the Graduiertenkolleg 1624 "Frequency effects" for having me as their guest in 2011.

The introduction ...

Tom Ruette

Guest of the GRK in 2011

Lexical variation and lectal variation

1. SupervisorDirk Speelman
2. SupervisorDirk Geeraerts

My research focuses on multilectal lexical variation. There are two main aspects to my project. First, as I focus on lexical variation, I need to get a grip on the lexical semantic ideas of word meaning. Second, on a methodological level, I apply an existing, yet not linguistically applied MDS ...

Marjoleine Sloos

Guest of the GRK in 2010/2011

The interaction between frequency and grammar in language change

The case of E: and e: in German

1. SupervisorProf. Dr. John Nerbonne
2. SupervisorProf. Dr. Guido Seiler
3. SupervisorWeijer, Prof.Dr. Jeroen van de

The interaction between lexical frequency and grammar in language change

There is a well-know variation in German in the pronunciation of /E:/, which is either pronounced as a long mid high front vowel or a long mid low front vowel. This variation is partly geographically bounded, but in ...

Hendrik De Smet

Guest of the GRK in 2010

Idiolectal variation as a window on grammatical relations


My general research interest is in language change and its underlying mechanisms, with a particular focus on fitting insights from cognitive linguistics to the facts of language change and vice versa. The study of idiolectal variation can help further this goal, as it can be hypothesized that the ...

Daniel Wiechmann

Guest of the GRK in 2010



I am a philosophically inclined quantitative corpus linguist working from the perspective of a usage-based cognitive construction grammar (quite a mouthful). My current research is motivated by questions about why grammars are the way they are, why language users tend to exhibit processing ...