I am a research assistant and PhD candidate of English Linguistics at Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf, Germany, and part of the research unit „Spoken Morphology“. My main work focuses on the interaction of morphology, phonology and phonetics in production, perception and comprehension. The title of my dissertation is „Production, Perception, and Comprehension of Subphonemic Detail: Word-Final /s/ in English“. Further information is available here.

I am also interested in gender-fair language, especially in German, and the underlying representations of (non-)gender-fair language in particular. A related research project was currently launched by myself and four interdisciplinary collaborators, in which we investigate gender-fair language from the perspective of distributional semantics and discriminative learning. I co-signed a statement by German and international linguists on gender-fair language in December 2020.

I consider myself a supporter of transparency and integrity of research; I co-signed an open letter to protect academic whistleblowers and post-publication peer review.

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.



Schmitz, D., Esser, J., Schneider, V., Sternke, K., & Rohde, N. (2022). One form, two meanings: On the semantics of the specific and the generic masculine in German. Germanic Linguistics Annual Conference 2022, University of Georgia, Athens, GA, USA. 31 March-02 April.

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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