Genericity and the semantics of gender in role nouns and pronouns (with Viktoria Schneider, Janina Esser) How gender-neutral are supposedly gender-neutral masculine generics in German, is singular they in English truly singular? Such questions are investigated in this project via naive and linear discriminative learning.
Cuteness effects in sound symbolism (with Defne Cicek, Anh Kim Nguyen, Daniel Rottleb) Research on sound symbolism of the last decades has produced findings on size sound symbolism time and time again. However, rarely further visual dimensions were accounted for in analyses. This project focuses on one of such dimensions: cuteness.
Learning S – Duration as a key to morphology? (with Dinah Baer-Henney) As a natural continuation of the project Final S in English, this project investigates whether the distinction of morphological categories based on subphonemic cues is learnable in artificial language.
Final S in English: The role of acoustic detail in morphological processing (with Ingo Plag, Dinah Baer-Henney) In this DFG-funded project we found that types of word-final /s/ in English, which have different morphological functions, come with unique durations. Non-morphemic /s/ is longest, followed by suffix /s/, which in turn is followed by clitic /s/. A carefully designed production study confirmed previous corpus findings. In two comprehension studies we showed that these durational differences also affect comprehension. → official website