Photonic reduction, frequency and word order. Towards an usage based analysis of phonetic reduction in (semi-) lexical constructions (01P00908)
The research studies phonetic reduction phenomena across the word boundaries that cannot of explained by mechanisms such as ease of articulation and word frequency. The research hypothesis is that the formation of constructions, as formulated in construction grammar and grammaticalization research, can contribute to far reaching reduction of word sequences. The interaction of phonetic reduction, frequency and the development of constructions is examined in Dutch corpus data.