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Advancing Analogical Theory in Morphology — project granted!

We are pleased to inform that the project Advancing Analogical Theory in Morphology (AdvAnTheMorph) has been granted by the DFG!

Principal Investigators:

  • Prof. Dr. Sabine Arndt-Lappe (Trier University)
  • Prof. Dr. Mirjam Ernestus (Radboud University, Nijmegen)
  • Dr. Louis ten Bosh (Radboud University, Nijmegen)

Short summary:

This project investigates affix selection and the phonetic realisation of complex words for two exemplary phenomena: competing adjectival derivational suffixes in English and competing plural suffixes in Dutch. The aim is to find out how differences in the vocabulary knowledge of speakers as well as in the contextual environment and the lexical frequency of analogical words modulate analogical effects in the Mental Lexicon. The data to be used come from both elicitation experiments and corpora of spontaneous speech. Computational modeling is used as a central research instrument. The existing algorithm (AML, Skousen et al. 2013), which will be developed further and extended to accomodate differences in lexical activation strength. On the basis of its findings, the project will contribute to the refinement of analogy-based theories of morphology.