Doreen Schneider, Kendra Peters

A6 2-201 u. A6 2-202 (Lageplan)


Prof. Dr. Esther Ruigendijk


Carl von Ossietzky Universität Oldenburg
Fakultät III - Sprach- und Kulturwissenschaften
Labor für Sprach- und Musikforschung
Ammerländer Heerstr. 114-118
26129 Oldenburg

Aktuelle Projekte

The effect of strategy-based intervention on L2 fluency of anxious learners of Dutch

Foekje Reitsma

The aim of the study is to examine whether strategy instruction with an app can help enhance fluency of anxious L2 learners by raising their awareness about different aspects of fluency and teaching them fluency strategies. Through the app Reppen, strategies are offered, practiced and feedback is provided.
The expectation is that the training will increase participants' fluency and decrease their speaking anxiety. Three different groups will be compared: two experimental groups and one control group. The participants in this study are Gymnasium students (L1 German) with at least level B1 (GeR).

Perception and acquisition of non-native vowel contrasts in adverse listening conditions

Stephanie Kaucke

Perception of non-native speech sounds is often a challenge, especially if the non-native sound is similar to another one that is part of the native language. In that case, the non-native sound will typically be perceptually assimilated to the native category. However, not much is known yet about how people with impaired hearing perceive non-native speech and how they can acquire non-native sound categories. Thus, in this project, native English speakers will be presented with the German vowels /y/ and /ø/ in either clear speech or in a noise condition in order to simulate a hearing impairment. This way, it can be examined which vowels they confuse the German /y/ and /ø/ with. In later stages of the project, it will be examined whether listeners are able to use a learning bias for vowel harmony to their advantage to form new vowel categories and in doing so improve their vowel discrimination abilities even in adverse listening conditions.

Phonemzusammenfall im gesprochenen Standarddeutschen? Experimentalphonetische Untersuchungen zu /eː/ und /εː/ im Deutschen

Marina Frank

Der Zusammenfall der Phoneme /εː/ (wie in BärenSäle) und /eː/ (wie in BeerenSeele) im Standarddeutschen und besonders im norddeutschen Sprachraum stellt eine der strittigsten Fragen in der Phonologie des Deutschen dar und wird in der Forschungsliteratur häufiger thematisiert. Es stellt sich allerdings die Frage, ob es sich bei dem postulierten Zusammenfall von /eː/ und /ɛː/ tatsächlich um einen vollständigen Zusammenfall (merger) oder um einen perzeptuellen Zusammenfall bei beibehaltener Distinktion in der Lautproduktion (near-merger) handelt. Die geplante Dissertation verfolgt das Ziel, empirisch basiert die Produktion und die auditive und neuronale Perzeption der beiden Phoneme zu untersuchen, um zur Klärung dieser Frage beizutragen. Zu diesem Zweck werden drei Studien durchgeführt: Studie I ist eine akustische Analyse eines bestehenden Korpus, das den gesamten deutschen Sprachraum umfasst und somit für variationslinguistische Fragestellungen geeignet ist. In Studie II werden die Produktion und die Perzeption der beiden Laute in einem Experiment miteinander in Verbindung gebracht. In Studie III wird schließlich eine neurophonetische Studie durchgeführt. Damit ist im Rahmen der Dissertation eine umfassende Untersuchung auf breiter Datenbasis unter Einbezug verschiedener Methoden und unter Berücksichtigung verschiedener Einflussfaktoren geplant.

Linguistic transfer between closely related languages in third language acquisition

Andreas Hiemstra

Andreas Hiemstra works on grammatical cross-linguistic influence (CLI) between closely related languages (German, English & Dutch) in third language acquisition. Moreover, he is interested in the consequences of CLI for, on the one hand, the debate on the organisation of linguistic knowledge in the memory system and, on the other hand, foreign language teaching. His work at the Speech and Music Lab at Oldenburg University focusses on experimental work (e. g. self-paced reading and grammaticality judgement tasks).

Morphology and its interfaces

Marijke De Belder

Marijke De Belder works on morphology (i.e. word-formation) and its interfaces. Within the framework of Distributed Morphology, she has published on various morphosyntactic and morphophonological subjects, including the morphosyntax of nouns and verbs, derivation, compounding and allomorphy. Her work at the Speech and Music Lab at Oldenburg University focuses on morphophonological experimental work.

Movement asymmetries and intervention

Ankelien Schippers

My research is located on the intersection of syntax and processing. I investigate constructions that are difficult to process and/or are considered to be ungrammatical. The type of constructions that I typically focus on are those involving ‘movement’, in other words, non-canonical word orders in which certain constituents are displaced. Movement is constrained in several ways: some constituents are easier to move than others (asymmetries) and movement can be blocked in various ways (intervention). I aim to find out to what extent these phenomena are due to autonomous grammatical constraints or whether they can be attributed to processing factors such as working memory constraints or garden-path effects. I also take into account usage factors like frequency effects and diachronic changes. I take a comparative approach in investigating these issues, focusing on the languages Dutch, German and English. 

(Stand: 29.07.2021)