Miriam Burk


Psycholinguistic reality of constructions

1. SupervisorProf. Dr. Lars Konieczny
2. SupervisorProf. Dr. Martin Hilpert

Constructionist approaches always try to be as cognitive as possible. But on which stage are constructions stored in our brain and can they be proved to be real in a psycholinguistic way? The main difference of constructionist approaches to other linguistic models is the independence of their prediction. In contrast to other approaches, constructions can be predicted by smaller, less complex constructions showing their independence to influence of information of the verb (like verb-valency). More likely, they are influenced by frequency. Through different studies in German my dissertation is concerned with different stages of psycholinguistic reality of constructions . Thus, it will be a major aim to show how other constructions can influence prediction in order to prove the psycholinguistic reality of constructions. The evidences will be set in contrast to different linguistic approaches as well as constructionists models.

DisciplinCognitive Science
Research Directionconstruction grammar, language usage and learnability, psycholinguistics
Keywordsconstruction grammar, frequency, psycholinguistic, learnability