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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

    • Breathing in Conversation 2022-05-04 This work revisits the problem of breathing cues used for management of speaking turns in multiparty casual conversation.
    • Selectives (“topic markers”) on subordinate clauses 2022-03-31 This typological study by Bernhard Wälchli is based on data from a parallel text corpus is a two-step investigation of selectives (“topic markers”).
    • Kinship terminologies reveal ancient contact zone in the Hindu Kush 2022-03-17 This article by Henrik Liljegren presents and discusses the results of an investigation of kinship terms in 59 language varieties spoken in the Hindu Kush.
    • ‘Not…Until’ across European Languages: A Parallel Corpus Study 2022-03-10 This paper is a corpus study of ‘not…until’ constructions across a sample of European standard languages extracted from the parallel text corpus Europarl.
    • Unveiling teachers’ beliefs on visual cognition and learning styles of DHH students 2022-02-17 This Portuguese-Swedish study examines teachers’ beliefs on visual cognition and learning styles of deaf and hard of hearing students. Conclusions about the prevalence of learning misconceptions in teachers from both countries, corroborate previous studies on neuromyths in education, and bring novelty to Deaf Education field.
    • Individual differences in indirect speech act processing found outside the language network 2022-01-24 This fMRI study, conducted at SUBIC, investigates how communicative skills potentially overlap with core language skills or other capacities, such as Theory of Mind (ToM).
    • Perfects Across Languages (Ö. Dahl) 2022-01-19 To find the proper place for perfects, we have to go beyond English to be able to separate what is idiosyncratic from what is generalizable. In this review, Östen Dahl argues that iamitives can be separated both from ‘already’ and from European-style perfects but that it makes sense to postulate a more inclusive crosslinguistic perfect category.
    • 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.

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    Department of Linguistics
    Stockholm University
    SE - 10691 Stockholm, Sweden
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    Department of Linguistics
    Universitetsvägen 10 C
    Frescati, Stockholm, Sweden
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