[PLing] Guest lecture Arne Lohmann on 12 May

Stefan Thim stefan.thim at univie.ac.at
Fri May 5 12:15:39 CEST 2017

Dear colleagues

You are cordially invited to attend a guest lecture by Dr Arne Lohmann (University of Düsseldorf) on "Noun/Verb homophones in English – accounting for differences in acoustic realization in spontaneous speech" on Friday, 12 May, 12.30-2.00, at the English Department (in the Besprechungsraum on the 2nd floor, room 3E 02 07).

Best wishes

Stefan Thim



This talk reports an empirical investigation of the acoustic realization of Noun/Verb homophones in English. The main question being addressed is whether phonetic differences are solely the product of different sentence positions nouns and verbs occur in or may be a property of the words themselves. An analysis of spontaneous speech from the Buckeye corpus suggests that differences in acoustic realization are mainly caused by syntax-induced prosodic differences but are also partly due to lexical properties. This result has implications for the representation of these word pairs in the mental lexicon and lends support to models assuming separate representations of Noun/Verb homophones. An outlook is given on reading experiments currently conducted to further explore these questions.


Dr. Stefan Thim M.A.
Institut für Anglistik und Amerikanistik
Universität Wien
Spitalgasse 2, Hof 8
A-1090 Wien

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