Project C02 focusses on the socially agreed-upon requirements and interactions of the discourse functions, discourse situation, and social characteristics of the addressee on the intra-individual variation at the lexical, phonetic/phonological and posture levels. The idea is to develop a novel methodology to study Situated Interaction in which language users complete verbal tasks towards an interlocutor presented on video. This experimental set-up enables the elicitation of production data in a range of systematically controlled discourse and functional situations, unlikely to be found in naturalistic data (or speech corpora). Perception tests will then assess language-users’ expectations and attitudes towards speech variation of speakers in these different situations.
Sprach- und literaturwissenschaftliche Fakultät
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Publications & Presentations
Pescuma, Valentina Nicole; Serova, Dina; Lukassek, Julia; Sauermann, Antje; Schäfer, Roland; Adli, Aria; Bildhauer, Felix; Egg, Markus; Hülk, Kristina; Ito, Aine; Jannedy, Stefanie; Kordoni, Valia; Kühnast, Milena; Kutscher, Silvia; Lange, Robert; Lehmann, Nico; Liu, Mingya; Lütke, Beate; Maquate, Katja; Mooshammer, Christine; Mortezapour, Vahid; Müller, Stefan; Norde, Muriel; Pankratz, Elizabeth; Patarroyo, Angela Giovanna; Plesca, Ana-Maria; Ronderos, Camilo R.; Rotter, Stephanie; Sauerland, Uli; Schulte, Britta; Schüppenhauer, Gediminas; Sell, Bianca Maria; Solt, Stephanie; Terada, Megumi; Tsiapou, Dimitra; Verhoeven, Elisabeth; Weirich, Melanie; Wiese, Heike; Zaruba, Kathy; Zeige, Lars Erik; Lüdeling, Anke; Knoeferle, Pia; Schnelle, Gohar (2023) Situating language register across the ages, languages, modalities, and cultural aspects: Evidence from complementary methods In: Frontiers in Psychology [DOI] [ViVo]In the present review paper by members of the collaborative research center ‘Register: Language Users’ Knowledge of SituationalFunctional Variation’ (CRC 1412), we assess the pervasiveness of register phenomena across different time periods, languages, modalities, and cultures. We define ‘register’ as recurring variation in language use depending on the function of language and on the social situation. Informed by rich data, we aim to better understand and model the knowledge involved in situation- and function-based use of language register. In order to achieve this goal, we are using complementary methods and measures. In the review, we start by clarifying the concept of ‘register’, by reviewing the state of the art, and by setting out our methods and modeling goals. Against this background, we discuss three key challenges, two at the methodological level and one at the theoretical level: 1. To better uncover registers in text and spoken corpora, we propose changes to established analytical approaches. 2. To tease apart between-subject variability from the linguistic variability at issue (intra-individual situation based register variability), we use within-subject designs and the modeling of individuals’ social, language, and educational background. 3. We highlight a gap in cognitive modeling, viz. modeling the mental representations of register (processing), and present our first attempts at filling this gap. We argue that the targeted use of multiple complementary methods and measures supports investigating the pervasiveness of register phenomena and yields comprehensive insights into the cross-methodological robustness of register-related language variability. These comprehensive insights in turn provide a solid foundation for associated cognitive modeling. Warchhold, Sarah; Duran, Daniel; Gessinger, Iona; Raveh, Eran (2022) Proceedings of the Conference : Human Perspectives on Spoken Human-Machine Interaction[DOI] [ViVo]The FRIAS Junior Researcher Conference "Human Perspectives on Spoken Human-Machine Interaction" (SpoHuMa21) took place on November 15-17, 2021. The online event was organized by a team from the University of Freiburg (Germany), ZAS Berlin (Germany), Saarland University, Saarbrücken (Germany), and Hyro AI, Tel Aviv (Israel). SpoHuMa21 brought together young researchers in the field of spoken human-machine interaction, primarily focusing on a human-centered approach. The conference also featured invited talks by leading scientists in the field. The proceedings of SpoHuMa21 contain the submitted papers presented at the conference in the form of oral talks, preceded by an overview of the conference topic and the invited talks. Weirich, Melanie; Jannedy, Stefanie; Schüppenhauer, Gediminas (2020) The Social Meaning of Contextualized Sibilant Alternations in Berlin German In: Frontiers in Psychology [DOI] [ViVo] Weirich, Melanie; Schüppenhauer, Gediminas; Duran, Daniel; Jannedy, Stefanie (2022) Register Differences in Vowel Dispersion in Formal and Informal Situations In: 11th International Conference on Language Variation in Europe - ICLaVE|11 [ViVo] Jannedy, Stefanie (2021) Urban German and its Perception in Berlin In: Danish and German as European Neighbour Languages 100 Years after Genforeningen [ViVo]