|Asst Prof James Sneed German |
Division of Linguistics and Multilingual Studies
School of Humanities and Social Sciences
College of Humanities, Arts, & Social Sciences
- PhD (Ling) Northwestern University 2009
- BA Texas A&M University 1999
- BSc Texas A&M University 1998
|James Sneed German earned his PhD in Linguistics from Northwestern University in 2009. Before joining NTU in July of 2010, he spent two years as a postdoctoral researcher at the Laboratoire Parole et Langage (CNRS) in Aix-en-Provence, France.|
|James' research combines theoretical and experimental approaches to explore topics in phonology, semantics and formal pragmatics. A key component of his research focuses on the relationship between prosody (i.e., rhythm, stress and melody) and information structure (e.g., topic, focus, and givenness) in English and French, with a special emphasis on the interactions between speaker-driven and hearer-driven processes. As part of this program, his work explores not only the types of meaning that are conveyed by prosody, but also the structure and organization of the prosodic systems themselves. This core of research extends to a study of language use from the standpoint of rational behavior (esp., game theory and decision theory). Recent work also looks at the cognitive representation of phonological rules, and how such representations might serve as the formal link between linguistic experience and socially conditioned variation.|
|Research Grant |
- CoHASS Incentive Scheme (2012-)
- Start Up Grant (2011-2014)
|Current Projects |
- Exemplar Dynamics in Production and Perception
- Experimental Approaches to the Realization of Information Structure in French and Singapore English
- German, J.S., Carlson, K., Pierrehumbert, J.B. (2013). Reassignment of consonant allophones in rapid dialect acquisition. Journal of Phonetics, 41(3-4), 228-248.
- D'Imperio, M., German, J. S., Michelas, A. (2012). Multi-level constraint interaction and phrasing in FrenchProsody and Meaning. (pp. 11-34)..
- German, J., Sagi, E., Clark, B. and Kaufmann, S. (2011). The role of speaker beliefs in determining accent placementLanguage, Games and Evolution.. (pp. 92-116)..
- German, J., Pierrehumbert, J. and Kaufmann, S. (2006). Evidence for phonological constraints on nuclear accent placement. Language, 82(1), 151-168.