CRC 1412/1: Situated Syntax: Exploring and Modelling Syntactic Register Variation in German (SP A04)


The project aims at uncovering and modelling aspects of register variation in German morphosyntax. In the first part, the project will utilise existing formal and empirical methods like Biber’s Multidimensional Analysis and develop them further by (i) using a probabilistic approach to registers, (ii) using a more sophisticated method for automatically inferring registers from distributions of features in texts, namely Latent Dirichlet Allocation, (iii) and validating the cognitive reality of the automatic identification of registers using psycholinguistic methods. In the second part, it will extend the PI’s CoreGram implementation in HPSG to model speakers’ probabilistic knowledge of register-related effects in morphosyntax. This is innovative inasmuch as no similar formal implementation of register effects has been attempted before.


Principal Investigators
Müller, Stefan Prof. Dr. (Details) (German Linguistics / Syntax)

Duration of Project
Start date: 01/2020
End date: 12/2023

Research Areas
Applied Linguistics, Experimental Linguistics, Computational Linguistics, Individual Linguistics

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