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


Abstract: The fundamental questions of this project have consistently been: What is the nature of the phonological representation in the mental lexicon and what is its role in resolving the problem of access and recognition of (morpho-)phonological variation? Using psycholinguistic and neurolinguistic techniques we examine cross-linguistically the central hypothesis of FUL (Featurally Underspecified Lexicon), viz. that a phonologically abstract lexical representation in the mental lexicon guides the access and recognition process of native speakers. Further hypotheses are formulated and will be examined within and beyond Germanic.

  • Department of Linguistics
  • AG Eulitz (Allgemeine Sprachwissenschaft mit Schwerpunkt Neurolinguistik)
Funding sources
Name Finanzierungstyp Kategorie Project no.
SFB third-party funds research funding program 502/97
Further information
Period: 01.01.2006 – 31.12.2008