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.

  • FB Linguistik
Funding sources
Name Project no. Description Period
SFB502/97TP D1 / SFB 471
Further information
Period: 01.01.2006 – 31.12.2008