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New DFG-project in Linguistics

New DFG-project “Exploration of Linguistic Creativity in Multilingual Speakers” for PD. Dr. Agnieszka Ewa Krautz (Anglistik I, English Linguistics)

Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) has awared a new research grant funding a project led by PD. Dr. Agnieszka Ewa Krautz (GZ: KR5352/1-1, ~78,000 €). The project is called “Exploration of Linguistic Creativity in Multilingual Speakers” and aims to explore the more playful aspect of language use and flexibility when operating in multiple languages.

More specifically, we will investigate the process of lexical creativity in three areas of language production i.e., compound nouns, novel metaphors, and diminutives. We expect to observe a multilingual lexical advantage stemming from a greater representational system of morphemes, words, phrases as well as ways of combining them. Furthermore, we predict that the advantage may be mediated by the factors of selective attention (Kharkhurin, 2011, 2012) and metalinguistic awareness (Bialystok, Peets, and Moreno, 2010), which play an important role in the process of verbal creativity.

The novelty of this project relates to the use of psycholinguistic experiments to explore the notion of creativity. The findings will be generalized to research on multilingualism and its relevance to the creative industries, such as the advertising market, press market, or broadcasting industry.