Eva Maria Luef

Eva Maria Luef
Charles University in Prague | CUNI

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August 2016 - February 2020
Seoul National University
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  • Professor (Assistant)
February 2012 - September 2015
Max Planck Institute for Ornithology
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  • PostDoc Position
January 2010 - April 2012
Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology
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  • PostDoc Position

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A recent study by Siew and Vitevitch (2020a) investigated word form lexica and their growth in children acquiring English and Dutch as first languages from a network perspective. They identified a unique developmental trajectory in network growth, with high-density neighborhoods becoming enriched through growth at early acquisition stages (the "pre...
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High phonotactic probabilities are known to exert a facilitative effect on word learning in children and adults in their first language. The present study was designed to investigate the role of phonotactic probabilities when learning a foreign language. Focussing on Austrian and Korean learners of English, we investigated two hypotheses related to...
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The frequency with which a word appears in the lexicon has implications for its pronunciation. Numerous studies have shown that high-frequency lemmata are characterized by more phonetic reduction than lower-frequency lemmata. These findings have proven to be particularly useful in the study of homophones where frequency-related reduction processes...
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While the hiring of international faculty is increasing among competitive universities, some universities face a major challenge in doing so – their foreign hires do not speak the primary language of instruction of that university. This study examines the host country language skills of expatriate academics in two countries – Korea and Japan. Speci...
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Current times are characterized by extreme human mobility across the globe, spurred by many different and complex intertwined causes, including the unequal distribution of economic opportunities, displacement caused by civil conflict, the changing climate, and personal preferences, among others (International Organization for Migration, 2018). Migr...
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Sound change in the form of plosive mergers has been reported for a variety of languages and is the result of a reduction of phonetic distance between two (or more) sounds. The present study is concerned with the opposite development of phonetic differentiation in plosives (akin to a phonetic split), a less commonly reported phenomenon that is taki...
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The theory of communication accommodation refers to linguistic processes through which human interactants—consciously or subconsciously—shift their speech and gesture styles to resemble those of their conversation partners. This phenomenon represents a crucial feature of human language and is particularly pronounced in affiliative and/or strong rel...
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Signals of submission, so-called ‘greetings’, represent an important tool for the regulation of social life in primates. In chimpanzees, vocalizations and gestures are commonly employed to communicate greetings, however, the topic of signal complexity (i.e., combinations of signals) during greeting instances has been neglected by research to date....
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Use and development of applications for smartphones (so-called 'apps') continue to rise, and it comes as no surprise that language learning apps (such as Google Translate) are immensely popular among the younger generation. But, do these apps actual help students learn a language and, if so, how is apps usage influenced by the proficiency of the la...
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Korea is widely recognized to be among the world’s most advanced digital countries with nearly every university student owning the latest smartphone. Yet language education is largely still taught in traditional classroom methods. This study was designed to see how students in two major universities used smartphone apps to informally supplement the...
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Plosiv-Konsonanten (auch Verschluss- oder Okkulsivlaute genannt) sind Konglomerate aus diversen phonetischen Merkmalen (zum Beispiel Stimmhaftigkeit, Aspiration, gespreitzte Stimmritzen) und sind durch ein komplexes Zusammenspiel dieser besonders anfällig für phonetische und phonemische Variabilität. Lautwandel in der Form von Plosiv-Mergern findet...
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Language is a cognition that makes us human. It is a function of the structure of the human brain that is made possible by complex wiring of neural networks that evolved over millions of years since humans shared the last common ancestor with the great apes. The human brain accommodates two principle cortical areas that are strongly involved in com...
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Humans are uniquely characterized by having a complex language and the ability to speak. Studying the cognitive foundations of language is one of the most challenging endeavors in linguistics and related fields as it spans a wide range of research disciplines which all contribute to our understanding of language. The goal of this volume is to prese...
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Humans are uniquely characterized by having a complex language and the ability to speak. Studying the cognitive foundations of language is one of the most challenging endeavors in linguistics and related fields as it spans a wide range of research disciplines which all contribute to our understanding of language. The goal of this volume is to prese...
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Morphological processes frequently go hand in hand with phonological processes on lexemes. The addition of plural morphemes to nouns, for instance, leads to shortening of the stem vowels in English and Dutch. Here, morpho-phonological mechanisms of zero morphemes in German are examined. I investigated zero inflection pluralization to determine the...
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Language is a social construct that subsumes a high degree of cooperative action on the part of the interactants. Shared cooperative motifs are deeply embedded in linguistic practice as symbol use requires two speakers to focus their attention on a shared referent in order to reach an understanding. Evolutionary precursors to this cooperative endea...
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Vocal interactions in many birds are characterized by imitation or the matching of vocalizations whereby one individual makes its vocalizations more similar to those of a conspecific. This behaviour is aided by vocal learning, which allows birds to change the vocalizations already in their repertoires, or to add new ones. The majority of studies on...
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Triadic interactions are an important developmental milestone for young human infants, ultimately enabling them to acquire language. When an infant and a caregiver share attention regarding an object, the label given to the object becomes linked with the object, hence referential communication is established through which infants learn to associate...
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Human conversations are organized according to operative sequential features with different components of utterances being related to each other forming so-called adjacency pairings. An adjacency pair is a sequential structure produced by both speakers, consisting of two parts, with the second part being contingent upon and normatively obliged to t...
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Many nonhuman primates produce food-associated vocalizations upon encountering or ingesting particular food. Concerning the great apes, only food-associated vocalizations of chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes) and bonobos (Pan paniscus) have been studied in detail, providing evidence that these vocalizations can be produced flexibly in relation to a vari...
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Kusu humming (Pteleopsis hylodendron). (WAV)
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Mobimba singing (Gilbertiodendron dewevrei). (WAV)
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Balema singing (Gilbertiodendron dewevrei). (WAV)
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Kusu humming (Pteleopsis hylodendron). (WAV)
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The present paper describes two distinct behaviors relating to food processing and communication that were observed in a community of five separately housed groups of lowland gorillas (Gorilla gorilla gorilla) in captivity during two study periods one decade apart: (1) a food processing technique to separate wheat from chaff, the so-called puff-blo...
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The gestural repertoire of captive gorillas contains the so-called “hand-on” (or “pat-off”) gesture in which one animals puts its flat hand on top of another’s head, which often leads to cessation of the receiver’s previous activity. We investigate the origins of this gesture and developmental aspects of gesture creation. We further analyze gesture...
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Infant-directed speech is a linguistic phenomenon in which adults adapt their language when addressing infants in order to provide them with more salient linguistic information and aid them in language acquisition. Adult-directed language differs from infant-directed language in various aspects, including speech acoustics, syntax, and semantics. Th...

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