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Merle Weicker

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Dissertation Topic

In my dissertation project “The semantics of adjectives in acquisition” (SOFAA) I am dealing with the question how monolingual German-speaking children acquire the semantics of adjectives with focus on entailment-based properties of adjectives like intersectivity and subsectivity and their gradability characteristics. The first step is to find out whether the different semantic properties are mirrored in children’s productive lexicon using data from a spontaneous speech corpus. The comprehension of specific aspects concerning the gradability of adjectives will be tested in comprehension experiments.

This topic is interesting for language developmental as well as for theoretical and methodological reasons.