As a linguist, I am interested in the psycholinguistic interactions of morphology, phonology and phonetics, in sound symbolism, and in gender representations in language.
I am a postdoc at the English Language and Linguistics department of Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf. As part of the DFG research unit “Spoken Morphology” I wrote my dissertation on the “Production, perception, and comprehension of subphonemic detail: Word-final /s/ in English”. My dissertation can be downloaded as book published open access by Language Science Press here.
Two follow-up projects emerged from this project: “Typing S – Morphology between the keys” and “Learning S – Duration as a key to morphology?”.
Currently, I am investigating the semantics of gender and genericity. The overall aim of this project is to investigate gender in language from a novel perspective, combining distributional semantics and discriminative learning. I also co-signed a statement by German and international linguists on gender-fair language in December 2020.
Another project of mine is concerned with effects of cuteness on findings in sound symbolism research, with a focus on size sound symbolism.
My previous research mainly covered tonal alignment and compensatory vowel shortening. From 2017 to 2018 I also published more practical articles on IT in logopedics.
Dr Dominic Schmitz (he/him)
Department of English and American Studies
Anglistik III: English Language and Linguistics
Building 23.21, Floor 02, Room 96
40225 Düsseldorf, Germany