Project

Photonic reduction, frequency and word order. Towards an usage based analysis of phonetic reduction in (semi-) lexical constructions

Duration
01 October 2008 → 30 September 2011
Funding
Regional and community funding: Special Research Fund
Research disciplines
  • Humanities
    • Language studies
    • Linguistics
    • Literary studies
    • Theory and methodology of linguistics
    • Other languages and literary studies
Keywords
word frequency construction grammar grammaticalization dutch linguistics phonetic reduction syntax
 
Project description

The research studies phonetic reduction phenomena across the word boundaries that cannot of explained by mechanisms such as ease of articulation and word frequency. The research hypothesis is that the formation of constructions, as formulated in construction grammar and grammaticalization research, can contribute to far reaching reduction of word sequences. The interaction of phonetic reduction, frequency and the development of constructions is examined in Dutch corpus data.