On resolving lexical and postlexical variations in language comprehension: The role of the mental lexicon

Verena Felder (Dipl. Psych.)



The main focus of the research project is the nature of the phonological representation in the mental lexicon and its role in resolving the problem of access and recognition of (morpho-)phonological variation. We examine the central hypothesis of FUL (Featurally Underspecified Lexicon), viz. that a phonologically abstract representation in the mental lexicon guides the access and recognition process of native speakers. Using psycholinguistic and neurolinguistic techniques we currently focus on the mental representations of place and hight dimensions in vowels in German and Turkish and the representation of tone in Swedish.


Seminar on Language Development

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