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WORDS: Asymmetry, change and processing in phonological mental representation
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Region:SOUTH EAST (UK) BERKSHIRE, BUCKINGHAMSHIRE, OXFORDSHIRE Oxfordshire
Objective: In the most general terms, the novel objective of the proposed project is to investigate the abstract nature of the mental phonological representations of words which is claimed to govern the (i) time-course of on-line word-recognition and (ii) the temporal dimension of historical development.
The project will pursue four research questions, where the answers to each call for a dialogue between a variety of disciplines:
A. WHAT is the nature and phonological structure of mental representations of WORDS and HOW are they constrained?
B. HOW are these representations processed and accessed in the course of everyday communication?
C. HOW and WHY do representations change, while sometimes tenaciously remaining constant over time?
D. CAN the hypotheses and predictions about mental representations be computationally modelled?
The PI complements her strong linguistics research profile with her forte in psycholinguistics and neuro-linguistics. The hypothesis we will test is that the abstract representation of words in the adult brain, which handles asymmetric phonological variation in speech and is measurable by reaction time and brain-imaging techniques, is also reflected in the development of words as indicated by historical data from manuscripts.
Project cost:2367789 EURO
Project Funding:2367789 EURO
Programme Acronym: FP7-IDEAS-ERC
Programme type:Seventh Framework Programme
Subprogramme Area:ERC Advanced Grant - The Human Mind and its complexity
Contract type:ERC Advanced Grant
Subject index:Medicine, Health, Biotechnology
Record control number:100084