About me

Hello, my name is Sebastian Bredemann and I am PhD student at the Research Training Group Nominal Modification at the Goethe University in Frankfurt (https://nominal-modification.de). My reserach interests lie primarily in phonology and particularly its interface with morphology.

For my dissertation project, I investigate the role of phonological constraints at morphological realization. I propose a realization model of morphology where vocabulary insertion is integrated into the phonological component of grammar (see Wolf 2008). This assumption is based on the observation that the avoidance of phonologically marked structures can cause phonologically conditioned mismatches: A phonological markedness constraint blocks the insertion of a vocabulary item in a certain phonological environment and a morphosyntactic feature remains morphologically unrealized in this particular phonological context. The specific implementation of the model I propose aims to account for observations made on phonologically suppletive allomorphy, including those cases that do not seem to be determined by phonological constraints.

My research is partly based on personally conducted fieldwork on the Kru-language Vata.

*Sande, Hannah. 2019. Phonologically determined nominal concord as post-syntactic: Evidence from Guébie. Journal of Linguistics 55(4). 831–878. https://doi.org/10.1017/S0022226718000476.

Wolf, Matthew Adam. 2008. Optimal interleaving: Serial phonology -morphology interaction in a constraint-based model. Amherst, MA: University of Massachusetts. https://scholarworks.umass.edu/dissertations/AAI3336987.