In program area PB1, we are investigating various topics in phonetics and phonology (insertions, deletions, tone & intonation, sociolinguistic variation and acoustic and articulatory differences depending on speech rate) within constituents and across constituent boundaries. One of our research goals is an exploration of constituent dependent variation in spoken language. We are also investigating the phonetic and general linguistic variance found in Berlin dialects and the influence of nature and nurture on the acoustics and articulation of monozygotic and dizygotic twins.
Work in the phonetics/phonology group of the ZAS deals with a wide variety of different topics and bridges the social sciences, the natural sciences, and the humanities. The languages that we are currently doing research on, are French, American English, Vietnamese, Ewe, Polish, Catalan and several varieties of German. The data we are investigating ranges from spontaneous speech gathered through sociolinguistic interviews and field work data to read text recorded in the laboratory. We have a very well equipped linguistic laboratory at which we can record articulatory, acoustic and respiratory data.
Our current research projects include analyses into
the acoustic and articulatory manifestations of the realization of prosodic boundaries:
phonological analyses of boundary phenomena
the physiological mechanisms in the production of boundary markings such as
the acoustic, prosodic and morpho-syntactic characteristics of spontaneous speech