PhD Student

Laura Terassa Freiburg

Morphological simplification in Asian Englishes: Frequency, substratum transfer, and institutionalization

ErstbetreuerProf. Dr. Dr. h. c. Christian Mair
ZweitbetreuerProf. Dr. Dr. h.c. Bernd Kortmann
DisziplinAnglistik
Beginn Promotion04/2014
Statusin Bearbeitung

Simplification is a well-described phenomenon in studies of language change and contact in general (e.g. Kusters 2000) and in World Englishes in particular (e.g. Kortmann & Szmrecsanyi 2009; Ansaldo 2010). Systematic attempts to investigate the role frequency effects play for simplification in contact varieties of English are rare though. The project takes a usage-based perspective (e.g. Bybee 2006) and examines chances and limitations frequency-based explanations provide for simplification on the morphosyntactic level in Asian contact varieties of English. Language data from the International Corpus of English (ICE) and from the Corpus of Global Web-Based English (GloWbE) are used to help answer questions such as the following: Are frequent tokens more likely to be simplified than less frequent tokens? Why is it the case that productive patterns of high type frequency such as {-ed} affixation are reduced, but at the same time they serve as the target structure when it comes to developments such as the regularization of irregular verb paradigms? And what role does context play? The overall aim of the project is to contribute to an understanding of how everyday language use influences language development and change.

SprachenEnglish
Forschungsrichtungensimplification, language change, World Englishes

Kontakt

Emaillaura.terassa@frequenz.uni-freiburg.de

Curriculum Vitae

EDUCATION and WORK EXPERIENCE

Since 09/2017
Analyst at Willis Towers Watson

04/2017 to 08/2017
University of Freiburg
Associate doctoral student at the Graduiertenkolleg DFG GRK 1624 ''Frequency Effects in Language''

08/2015 to 09/2015
Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
Research stay

04/2014 to 03/2017
University of Freiburg
Doctoral student at the Graduiertenkolleg DFG GRK 1624 ''Frequency Effects in Language''

04/2013 to 03/2014
University of Freiburg
Coordinator at the Graduiertenkolleg DFG GRK 1624

04/2011 to 03/2013
University of Freiburg
Master's program ''English Language and Linguistics'' (M.A.)

02/2012 to 04/2012 and 08/2012 to 10/2012
Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
Research stays

10/2007 to 09/2010
University of Erlangen-Nuremberg
Bachelor's program in English Studies and Economics (B.A.)


PEER-REVIEWED ARTICLE

Leimgruber, Jakob R. E., Peter Siemund & Laura Terassa. Accepted for publication. Singaporean students' language repertoires and attitudes revisited. World Englishes.


THESIS

Terassa, Laura. 2013. Language attitudes in Singapore: A comparative analysis of local and Chinese students. Unpublished Master’s thesis. English Department, University of Freiburg, Germany.


TALKS and CONFERENCES

24 to 28 May 2017
Charles University Prague, Czech Republic
ICAME 38: Corpus et Orbis: Interpreting the World through Corpora
Paper "Past tense and plural omission as potential means to avoid redundancy in Singapore English: Insights from corpus data and a perception experiment"
Winner of the runner-up ICAME "John Sinclair" Bursary 2017

18 to 21 September 2016
University of Poznań, Poland
ISLE-4: English in a multilingual world: Challenges and perspectives
Paper "On a couple of plural(s): A usage-based account of omission of plural marking in Asian Englishes"

1 to 3 September 2016
University of Calgary, Canada
Multidisciplinary Approaches in Language Policy and Planning Conference 2016
Co-authored paper with Peter Siemund and Jakob R. E. Leimgruber: "From multilingualism to bilingualism: Social stratification and language attitudes in Singapore"

15 to 18 June 2016
University of Murcia, Spain
21st Sociolinguistics Symposium
Co-authored paper with Peter Siemund and Jakob R. E. Leimgruber: "From multilingualism to bilingualism: Social stratification and language attitudes in Singapore"

15 June 2016
University of Freiburg
Workshop on ongoing psycholinguistic research at the GRK "Frequency effects"
Invited guest: Anne Cutler
Paper "Processing of inflectionally unmarked forms among Asian speakers of English"

25 to 29 May 2016
The Chinese University of Hong Kong
ICAME 37: Corpus linguistics across cultures
Paper "What corpora can and cannot tell us about grammatical variation in World Englishes. Contrasting corpus findings with experimental data"

8 to 10 June 2015
University of Helsinki, Finland
ChangE 2015: Changing English. Integrating cognitive, social & typological perspectives
Paper "Past tense and plural omission in Asian Englishes. Some limitations of a purely usage-based approach"

27 to 31 May 2015
University of Trier
ICAME 36: Words, words, words - corpora and lexis
Poster "Past tense omission in Asian Englishes. A frequency-based approach"

24 to 27 August 2014
University of Zurich, Switzerland
ISLE-3: Building Bridges - inter- and intradisciplinary research

30 June to 1 July 2014
University of Freiburg
Workshop "Frequency effects in language contact: Asian Englishes"
Paper "Frequency effects in structural simplification: The case of Asian Englishes"

Summer term 2014 to winter term 2016/17
Regular talks on the current status of the dissertation project

8 December 2013
University of Freiburg
EUCOR Trinational English Ph.D. and Masters Conference
Paper "Structural simplification in Asian varieties of English"

7 December 2012
University of Basel, Switzerland
8th Annual EUCOR English Trinational MA Conference
Paper "Language attitudes in Singapore: a comparative analysis of local and Chinese students"


WORKSHOP ORGANIZATION

30 June to 1 July 2014
University of Freiburg
Workshop "Frequency effects in language contact: Asian Englishes"
Co-organized with Stephanie Horch and Claudia Winkle
Keynote speakers: Zhiming Bao, Claudia Lange
Paper "Frequency effects in structural simplification: The case of Asian Englishes'"


TEACHING

10/2014 to 03/2015 and 10/2015 to 09/2016
University of Freiburg
Tutor for the lecture "Introduction to Linguistics"

05/2012 to 07/2012
University of Freiburg
Tutor for the lecture "Major Changes in the History of English"

2009 to 2011
University of Erlangen-Nuremberg
Tutor for introductory courses to linguistics




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