I am a linguist interested in the psycholinguistic interactions of morphology, phonology and phonetics, in sound symbolism, and in gender-fair language.

As research assistant I am part of the research unit “Spoken Morphology” at Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf, Germany. I wrote my dissertation on “Production, Perception, and Comprehension of Subphonemic Detail: Word-Final /s/ in English”, which I recentely defended (summa cum laude). Further information is available here.

Recently, I launched a research project on gender-fair language and its representation with a team of interdisciplinary collaborators. We investigate gender-fair 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.

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.

Dominic Schmitz M.A. (he/him)
Department of English and American Studies
Anglistik III: English Language and Linguistics
Building 23.21, Floor 02, Room 96
Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf
Universitätsstraße 1
40225 Düsseldorf, Germany


Schmitz, D., Schneider, V., & Esser, J. (2022). Evidence for a non-generic masculine generic in German. EDLL 2022: The Second International Conference on Error-Driven Learning in Language, University of Tübingen, Germany. 1-3 August.

Schmitz, D., Baer-Henney, D., & Plag, I. (2021). The duration of word-final /s/ differs across morphological categories in English: Evidence from pseudowords. Phonetica78(5-6), 571-616. doi: 10.1515/phon-2021-2013

Schmitz, D., Plag, I., Baer-Henney, D., & Stein, S. D. (2021). Durational differences of word-final /s/ emerge from the lexicon: Modelling morpho-phonetic effects in pseudowords with linear discriminative learning. Frontiers in Psychology. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2021.680889

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