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    Profiled Research Areas at Stockholm University

    Profile Area at Stockholm University
    Our research areas are part of the Stockholm University's Profile Areas. Find out more about the Linguistics profile in the Language and Language Acquisition profile of the Stockholm University's Profile Areas.

    Leading research
    Between 2007–2014, the Department of Linguistics was appointed as a leading research area at Stockholm University. This appointment applied specifically to two of the department’s major research interests, early speech development and language typology, the latter encompassing the study of cross language patterns in grammar and lexicon.

    Our research and dissertations
    Research and graduate studies are two of the department’s main activities and our education at all levels is closely connected to ongoing research.

    Our main research areas are in Computational Linguistics, Child Language Development, General Linguistics, Typology and Linguistic Diversity, Phonetics, Swedish Sign Language and Swedish as a Second Language for the Deaf.
    Read about our research areas and our publications and dissertations.

    New publications

    • Relationship between parents’ vowel hyperarticulation and infants’ phonetic complexity (...) 2022-01-18 In this study by Ulrika Marklund, Ellen Marklund and Lisa Gustavsson, the relationship between parent vowel hyperarticulation and phonetic complexity of infant vocalizations is investigated. Previous research has shown that on the level of subject means, a positive correlational relationship exists. However, the previous findings do not provide information about the directionality of that relationship.
    • An association between phonetic complexity of infant vocalizations and parent hyperarticulation 2022-01-14 This study by Ellen Marklund, Ulrika Marklund and Lisa Gustavsson investigates the relationship between vowel hyperarticulation in Swedish infant-directed speech (IDS) to 12-month-old and phonetic complexity of infant vocalizations is investigated.
    • A Rational Model of Incremental Argument Interpretation: The Comprehension of Sw. Transitive Clauses 2021-10-20 This paper by Thomas Hörberg and T. Florian Jaeger presents a Bayesian model of incremental argument interpretation in transitive sentences in Swedish. The model predicts processing difficulty in terms of Bayesian surprise associated with changes in expectations of argument interpretations (SVO vs OVS). The model brings together expectation-based and constraint-based models of sentence processing by being concerned with changes in expectations based on linguistic features, rather than on words or syntactic categories. Model evaluations against reading times in a self-paced reading experiment show that Bayesian surprise as predicted by the model explains reading times equally well as a model that explains reading times directly from linguistic features. This suggests that the effects of linguistics features in argument interpretation are mediated through expectation-based processing.
    • The sentence repetition task as a measure of sign language proficiency 2021-10-08 This article by Krister Schönström and Peter C. Hauser describes the development of a Swedish Sign Language Sentence Repetition Test (STS-SRT) and the evidence that supports the validity of the test’s interpretation and use. The test outcomes revealed that adults scored 20.2% higher than children, and delayed sign language acquisition were associated with lower scores. The results provide reliability and validity evidence to support the use of STS-SRT in research as a measure of STS proficiency.
    • Mouthings in Swedish Sign Language : An exploratory study 2021-10-01 This paper by Johanna Mesch, Krister Schönström and Sebastian Embacher deals with the non-manual mouth actions of Swedish Sign Language (STS). Based on data from two large corporas, the study compare the use of mouthings in deaf L1 as well as hearing L2 signers. Mouthings is a category of mouth actions that is based on a mouth movement with visual elements borrowed from the prototypical mouth articulation of words from spoken language. Mouth gestures on the other hand are sign languages’ own language-specic mouth movements. This study shows that L1 signers have a preference for reduced mouthing in comparison to L2 signers.
    • Talking About Temperature and Social Thermoregulation in the Languages of the World 2021-10-20 Why do we use the same adjective for describing people and for talking about concrete temperature perception? This paper by Maria Koptjevskaja Tamm and Dmitry Nikolaev reports on a first systematic cross-lingual study of the exponents of conceptual metaphor AFFECTION IS WARMTH (Lakoff & Johnson, 1980; Grady, 1997).
    • Patient or Citizen? Participation and Accessibility for Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing People (...) 2021-09-20 Drawing upon ethnographic data from two projects, this paper by Ingela Holmström and Sangeeta Bagga-Gupta focuses on interpretation issues in deaf and hard-of-hearing (DHH) individuals’ everyday lives.
    • Phonological Variations Are Compensated at the Lexical Level: Evidence From Auditory Neural Activity 2021-08-27 This paper by Hatice Zora et al. investigates the consequences of plausible and implausible variations on lexical access. The main result is consistent with the larger notion that the long-term memory representations for words enable rapid lexical access even in the case of partial auditory information.
    • Sign languages and second language acquisition research: An introduction (K. Schönström) 2021-08-23 This paper includes a brief contemporary overview of sign language and Sign Second Language Acquisition research, together with some insights from the research on iconicity and gestures. It also includes some examples from studies on L2 signers of Swedish Sign language (STS).
    • The Hindu Kush–Karakorum and linguistic areality (H. Liljegren) 2021-08-23 The article summarizes and discusses the most important results of the research project Language contact and relatedness in the Hindu Kush region (2015—2020).
    • Modality-Focused L2-Instruction in Swedish Sign Language 2021-07-12 This empirical study by Ingela Holmström shows a language teaching context that largely differs from other language teaching contexts and how students experience this new language learning process. The article is a part of the UTL2 project at the Department of Linguistics.
    • Prototype Semantics and Cross‐Linguistic Comparison 2021-03-19 In our article we attempt to relate the achievements and discussion within cross-linguistic research on semantics to the general discussion of categorisation and prototypes. We conclude that categories, as they emerge in the course of cross-linguistic research, have fuzzy boundaries and seem to be organized in terms of prototypes.
    • Use and acquisition of mouth actions in L2 sign language learners : A corpus-based approach (2021) 2021-01-04 This article deals with L2 acquisition of a sign language, examining in particular the use and acquisition of non-manual mouth actions performed by L2 learners of Swedish Sign Language.
    • N1 repetition-attenuation for acoustically variable speech and spectrally rotated speech 2020-12-21 In the present study, N1 repetition-attenuation was investigated for speech and spectrally rotated speech with varying degrees of acoustic and perceptual category variation.
    • The dynamics of vowel hypo-and hyperarticulation in Swedish infant-directed speech to 12-month-olds 2020-12-21 Vowel hypo- and hyperarticulation (VHH) was investigated in Swedish infant-directed speech (IDS) to Swedish 12-month-olds using a measure that normalizes across speakers and vowels: the vhh-index.

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    Department of Linguistics
    Stockholm University
    SE - 10691 Stockholm, Sweden
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    Frescati, Stockholm, Sweden
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