Doctoral Students (3rd generation)

Von links nach rechts: Karolina Rudnicka, Emiel van den Hoven, Ana Estrada, Helena Levy, Luke Bradley, Laura Terassa, Uliana Schöller

Luke Bradley

Frequency effects on word recognition in analytic and synthetic languages

1. SupervisorProf. Dr. Dr. h.c. Bernd Kortmann HH
2. SupervisorDr. Alice Blumenthal-Dramé
3. SupervisorProf. 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

1. SupervisorProf. Dr. Daniel Jacob
2. SupervisorProf. 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

1. SupervisorJunProf. Dr. Adriana Hanulíková HH
2. SupervisorProf. Dr. Lars Konieczny
3. SupervisorProf. 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: Purpose Subordinators in Late Modern English

1. SupervisorProf. Dr. Dr. h. c. Christian Mair
2. SupervisorProf. Dr. Bernd Kortmann

This PhD project is entirely focused on the under-researched (according to e.g. Hundt & Leech 2012, Hundt 2014) topic of grammatical obsolescence understood as a situation in which a previously popular and productive construction is losing its productivity and popularity over time. There are several ...

Laura Terassa

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

1. SupervisorProf. Dr. Dr. h. c. Christian Mair
2. SupervisorProf. Dr. Dr. h.c. 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

1. SupervisorProf. Dr. Evelyn Ferstl
2. SupervisorProf. 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 ...