Project C07

C07: Limits of variability in phonotactic acquisition due to universal biases

PI(s): Boll-Avetisyan, Natalie, Prof. Dr.

This project aims at disentangling to what extent phonotactic acquisition is experience-dependent, leading to variability across infants with different language experiences (learning different or multiple languages), and to what extent experience-independent universal biases might place a limit on this acquisition. To this end, we will compare infants growing up mono- or bilingually with German and/or Russian, two phonotactically distinct languages. We will conduct corpus-based lexical statistics to understand what phonotactic input the infants receive, and eye-tracking experiments to test whether the infants’ phonotactic listening preferences are shaped by universal biases beyond their language experience conditions.


Foto von Natalie Boll-Avetisyan

Prof. Dr. Natalie Boll-Avetisyan

PI C07


Campus Golm
Department Linguistics
Karl-Liebknecht-Strasse 24-25, House 14, Room 2.38
14476 Potsdam