Collaborative Research Centre 1287 - Limits of Variability in Language: Cognitive, Computational, and Grammatical Aspects


Shift of borders in syntactic variability: A training approach

PI(s): Prof. Dr. Gisbert Fanselow & Prof. Dr. Reinhold Kliegl

The project studies the effects of repeated exposure (training) to unfamiliar/ unacceptable constructions on language production and the perception of grammaticality. We hypothesise that the production probability and acceptability of constructions that are unacceptable in a particular speaker’s variety can be increased by training, but only for those structures that are licensed by the overall grammatical system of the language since they figure in other varieties. To this end, we will focus on the development of an adequate training technique.


Author(s)TitleYearPublished inDOILinksTypeProject
Brown, J. M. M., Fanselow, G., Hall, R. & Kliegl, R.Middle ratings rise regardless of grammatical construction: Testing syntactic variability in a repeated exposure paradigm.2021PLoS ONE, 16(5), e0251280.LinkData CodePeer-ReviewedC01
Schad, D. J., Vasishth, S., Hohenstein, S. & Kliegl, R.How to capitalize on a priori contrasts in linear (mixed) models: A tutorial.2020Journal of Memory and Language, 110: 104038.LinkPaper CodePeer-ReviewedC01, Q
Brown, J. M. M.Stabilising response tendencies across the scale: two portraits of rating data in wh-questions.2020Invited talk at the University of Essex Language Sciences Colloquium, University of Essex, Essex, UK. 11 June.Talk or PresentationC01
Brown, J. M. M.Exposure effects and grammatical systems.2019Invited talk at the Workshop on ''Multimethodological approaches to synchronic and diachronic variation'', University of Potsdam, Potsdam, Germany. 25-26 October.Talk or PresentationC01
Brown, J. M. M. & Boll-Avetisyan, N.Artificial language learning experiments for testing the learnability of possible and impossible syntactic structures and previous exposure bias.2019Paper presented at the 3rd RTANJ-Workshop, Rtanj Mountain, Serbia. 04-07 July.Paper Talk or PresentationC01, C03
Fanselow, G.Superiority (Subjacency) and the Grammar-Processing Divide.2018Invited talk at the Workshop ''Acceptability judgments in current linguistic theory'', Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona, Barcleona, Spain. 28 October.Talk or PresentationC01