"Expressive" dislocation and register in Czech vs. Russian
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Mohrenstraße 40/41 , Raum firstname.lastname@example.org https://orcid.org/0000-0003-0060-6718
Publications & Presentations
Marklová, Anna; Buchmüller, Olga (2022) Register investigation on Czech In: Summer school of linguistics 2022 [ViVo] Buchmüller, Olga (2020) Influence of a Speaker’s Visible Social Status on the Evaluation of Morphosyntax in Native Germans[ViVo]Previous rating studies have shown that deviations from the standard language can result in
lower ratings of the speaker’s social status characteristics by listeners, compared to the
social status ratings of speakers of standard language. It was also indicated that certain
speech characteristics led to assumptions and expectations about speaker characteristics.
Recent EEG studies have shown that the brain processes deviations from standard language
differently, depending on the information given to the listener about the speaker. The state of
research throws up the question whether characteristics indicating the social status of the
speaker can influence the listener’s evaluation of his or her language characteristics.
This master thesis investigates in a rating experiment whether there can be an effect
on the rating of sentence grammaticality depending on the high or low social status
indications of a speaker communicated by her or his clothing and posture. Participants see a
picture of a person who represents either high or low social status through clothing and
posture. During the image presentation, a sentence is presented auditorily. This sentence
has either a standard or a deviant morphosyntactic structure. Finally, the respondent is asked
to rate the sentence in terms of grammaticality on three different scales.
The rating data analysis reveals a low influence of the social status factor on the
evaluation of the grammaticality of sentences in terms of acceptability in the context given.
Sentences with deviating morphosyntax are rated slightly higher in the low rather than in the
high social context. Sentences with standard morphosyntax, on the other hand, are rated
higher in the high than in the low social context. The social status factor seems not to
influence the ratings of grammaticality in terms of morphosyntax and self-use likelihood.
From this, we can deduce that the social status factor only influences certain aspects of
This framework can be used in a further development of the study to present the
social status factor more concisely in order to achieve a more meaningful significance of the
results. By measuring rating times, it is possible to examine the participation of both types of
sentences in different contexts. Developing the present study into an EEG study can
determine whether the brain's response to processing both types of sentences differs
depending on the context of the picture.
Buchmüller, Olga; Maquate, Katja (2022) Data protection and Ethics In: Experimental Methods Meeting [ViVo] Demian, Christoph; Szucsich, Luka; Meyer, Roland; Buchmüller, Olga (2022) Syntactic complexity across registers in Russian In: Grammar and Corpora (GaC) [ViVo] Marklová, Anna; Buchmüller, Olga (2022) Register investigation on Czech: Designing an MDA-based experimental study In: Linguistic CRC Meetup 2022 [ViVo] Buchmüller, Olga; Szucsich, Luka; Meyer, Roland; Demian, Christoph; Marklová, Anna (2022) Speakers’ assessment of situational contexts of language use: Dimensions of variation in Czech In: Linguistics Beyond And Within 2022 [ViVo] Buchmüller, Olga (2022) Presentation in the framework of the seminar: Sprache und Intuition. Sprachphänomene im deutsch-slawischen Vergleich erschließen: Experimentelles Arbeiten In: Seminar HU Slawistik BA SoSe 2022 [ViVo] Buchmüller, Olga (2022) Register investigation on Czech In: Summer school of linguistics 2022 [ViVo] Meyer, Roland; Szucsich, Luka; Demian, Christoph; Buchmüller, Olga (2021) Syntactic Complexity and Register in Russian In: Workshop on complexity and register (CAR21) [ViVo]