Variable stress patterns in English: Inter-individual differences and the nature of the morphology-phonology interface

Prof. Dr. Sabine Arndt-Lappe and Tammy Ganster, M.A.

Timeline: since 2019

The project systematically investigates inter-individual variation in stress position both in language production and perception. On a theoretical level, we will use our findings to develop a more adequate model of morpho-phonological competence, which crucially takes into account the role of previous linguistic experience.

Further information about the project can be found here


Ganster, T. (2022, Aug 24–27). Individual differences and the morphology-phonology interface: Stress placement in English complex words. [talk]. 55th Annual Meeting of the Societas Linguistica Europaea, University of Bucharest, Romania. Best Presentation by a PhD student award at the 55th Annual Meeting of the Societas Linguistica Europaea (University of Bucharest, August 2022).

Ganster, T. (2022, May 21). Can individual differences in morphological processing explain stress variability in English complex words? [talk]. 13th Mediterranean Morphology Meeting, University of the Aegean, Rhodes.

Arndt-Lappe, S., & Ganster, T. (2022, Feb 9). Stress, lexical storage, and the paradigm: evidence from variable alternations [talk]. Morphology in Production and Perception, Heinrich Heine Universität Düsseldorf (Online).

Ganster, Tammy. 2021. „The role of individual linguistic experience in the stressing of complex words”, 28th Manchester Phonology Meeting, University of Edinburgh and University of Manchester, England, forthcoming 26–28.03.2021.

Arndt-Lappe, Sabine. 2021. Different Lexicons Make Different Rivals. Invited paper presented at the workshop Affix Rivalry. Université de Fribourg, 19.3.2021.

Arndt-Lappe, Sabine, Fabian Tomaschek & Robin Schrecklinger. 2020. Stratification effects without morphological strata, syllable counting effects without actual counts, and what’s in a trigram? Paper presented at the 19th International Morphology Meeting (Workshop Implications of Psychocomputational Modelling for Morphological Theory, organised by Marcello Ferro, Claudia Marzi and Vito Pirrelli). Vienna, 6.–8.2.2020.

Ganster, Tammy. 2020. “The role of individual linguistic experience in the stressing of complex words”, 16. Tagung zur Phonetik und Phonologie im deutschsprachigen Raum, Trier University, Trier, 10.09.2020.

Arndt-Lappe, Sabine, Fabian Tomaschek & Robin Schrecklinger. 2019. Modelling English stress assignment from orthography with Naive Discriminative Learning: Morphological and Structural Effects. Paper presented at the International Morphological Processing Conference (MoProc), Tübingen, 4.–7.11.2019.


Arndt-Lappe, Sabine & Miriam Ernestus. 2020a. Morphology-phonology interaction. In Vito Pirelli, Ingo Plag & Wolfgang U. Dressler (Hgg.), Word Knowledge and Word Usage: A Cross-Disciplinary Guide to the Mental Lexicon. 191–227, Berlin & New York: de Gruyter Mouton.

Alber, Birgit & Sabine Arndt-Lappe. 2020b. Morphology and metrical structure. In: Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Linguistics (Morphology), ed. by Rochelle Lieber, Sabine Arndt-Lappe, Antonio Fabregas, Francesca Masini & Christina Gagné. Oxford: OUP.  The paper is available online here.

Ganster, Tammy. 2019. Variation in the Production and Perception of Stress in –able Derivatives. MA thesis, Trier University.