Adaptations in sentence production in interactions with native and non-native speakers

   School of Psychology

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  Dr A Konopka, Dr Joost Rommers  Applications accepted all year round  Self-Funded PhD Students Only

About the Project

This project investigates how speakers adapt to conversational partners in sentence production. Psycholinguistic theories assume that speakers adapt implicitly to the linguistic input they receive on a daily basis: over time, our speech begins to resemble that of our conversational partners (e.g., we choose similar words and structures). Taking into account the diversity of speech we encounter in everyday life, this project will compare adaptations in the generation of novel utterances in response to (a) native and non-native speech as well as (b) error-free and error-full speech. Do speakers adapt similarly to native and non-native conversational partners? Do speakers adapt to conversational partners who produce errors in their own speech (e.g., incorrect word choices, ungrammatical constructions)? The results of this research will be relevant for models of native language processing, bilingualism, sociolinguistics, and pragmatics. 

Students should have a university degree in Psychology, Linguistics, or a related discipline. All experiments will use eye-tracking, but prior experience with eye-tracking is not required.

Biological Sciences (4) Languages, Literature & Culture (21) Linguistics & Classics (23) Medicine (26) Psychology (31)

Funding Notes

This PhD project has no funding attached and is therefore available to students (UK/International) who are able to seek their own funding or sponsorship. Supervisors will not be able to respond to requests to source funding.
• Apply for Degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology
• State name of the lead supervisor as the Name of Proposed Supervisor
• State ‘Self-funded’ as Intended Source of Funding
• State the exact project title on the application form
When applying please ensure all required documents are attached:


Konopka, A. E., Meyer, A., & Forest, T. A. (2018). Planning to speak in L1 and L2. Cognitive Psychology, 102, 72-104.

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