SFB 991

Frames in phonology: Paradigms as representations

In this project we will study how phonological knowledge is organized in frames and how these knowledge concerning frames develops. We hypothesize that phonological knowledge is organized in frames and these are reflected both within paradigms - among words that share a morpheme - and across paradigms - among words that share a phonological context- for example, a common rhyme.

The knowledge of frames will be investigated on the basis voicing and vowel alternations in German and the way in which these are extended to nonsense words by adults and children.

We will create a corpus form which we derive which words alternate and which phonological contexts are likely to undergo an alternation. This results from the corpus analysis will be used to create stimulus material and also to provide an estimate of both alternations in the input. We will test two aspects of frame theory. First, we will test whether native speakers generalize the probability of an alternation within a paradigm to nonsense words and also whether native speakers generalize the probability of an alternation across paradigms to nonsense words. Second, we will test whether frames that are grounded in the sensory-motor system are preferred over those that are not or less so.

In this way this project contributes to the CRC by extending its research into frame theory to phonology and by investing the acquisition of frames. Furthermore, in order to prepare a full project within the CRC, we will seek cooperation with typological projects (B01 and C05), and with a psycholinguistic project (C03) and with the INF project, in order to prepare the corpus analysis

Head of the project

Prof. Dr. Ruben van de Vijver
Institut für Sprache und Information
Juniorprofessur Phonetik/Phonologie
24.53.00.98
Heinrich-Heine-Universität
Universitätsstr. 1
40225 Düsseldorf, Germany
Telefon: +49211-81-11822

E-Mail:Ruben.Vijveruni-duesseldorfde

Staff

Dinah Baer-Henney

Assistants

Hae-Eun Cho