Paula Orzechowska

Paula Orzechowska
Adam Mickiewicz University | UAM · Faculty of English

D.Litt.
Faculty of English, Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań

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Introduction
Paula Orzechowska currently works at the Faculty of English at Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan. Paula does research in phonology, morphonology, psycholinguistics and neurolinguistics. Her current projects involve the study of: 1) the role of phonological features in phonotactics in Slavic, Germanic and selected Afro-Asiatic languages, 2) phonotactic typology (Polish, Russian, Ukrainian, English, German, Berber).
Additional affiliations
October 2021 - January 2022
Indiana University Bloomington
Position
  • Fellow
October 2011 - September 2013
Universität Potsdam
Position
  • Chair Professor
October 2010 - September 2011
Philipps University of Marburg
Position
  • DAAD fellow and Co-Investigator
Education
October 2000 - September 2004
Adam Mickiewicz University
Field of study
  • English Linguistics

Publications

Publications (28)
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Sequences of consonants in Polish are certainly among the most remarkable ones reported in the subject literature. Their complexity is a function of several factors such as the number of constituent consonants, phonological structure or morphological composition. This chapter provides a synchronic description restrictions which determine a linear a...
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This chapter presents an overview of theoretical approaches to phonotactic markedness (or complexity). Emphasis is placed on models which account for Polish consonant clusters from the synchronic perspective. The chapter introduces the term markedness, and discusses various definitions of the word.
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This chapter discusses the role of phonological principles in online processing of CC phonotactics in Polish. Two reaction time experiments explore the psycholinguistic reality of three factors: (1) existence, (2) well-formedness and (3) distance in word-initial clusters (Experiment 1) and in word-final clusters (Experiment 2). Existence distinguis...
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This book provides a refreshing perspective on the description, study and representation of consonant clusters in Polish. What are the sources of phonotactic complexity? What properties or principles motivate the phonological structure of initial and final consonant clusters? In answering these questions, a necessary turning point consists in inves...
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This paper investigates the interplay between the metrical structure and phonotactic complexity in English, a language with lexical stress and an elaborate inventory of consonant clusters. The analysis of a dictionary- and corpus-based list of polysyllabic words leads to two major observations. First, there is a tendency for onsetful syllables to a...
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This chapter presents an analysis of Polish initial and final (mor)phonotactics in terms of an approach which is not based on well-formedness conditions. The proposed method consists in a meticulous analysis of subsegmental properties of consonants forming clusters, and leads to the formulation of heretofore unidentified constraints and preferences...
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The core theme of this chapter is the study of phonostylistic process in casual speech in native speakers of Polish. Emphasis is placed on processes which are held accountable in word-initial and word-final consonant clusters, such as deletion, substitution or insertion.
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The aim of this paper is to investigate the relationship between metrical structure and phonotactic complexity. Although the syllable weight has been considered to be associated primarily with the rhyme (Chomsky & Halle 1968, Halle & Vergnaud 1987, Hyman 1985), recent research suggests that the presence of onset, and its quality can also determine...
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This paper investigates the interplay between the metrical structure and phonotactic complexity in English, a language with lexical stress and an elaborate inventory of consonant clusters. The analysis of a dictionary- and corpus-based list of polysyllabic words leads to two major observations. First, there is a tendency for onsetful syllables to a...
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The study of phonotactics has been largely based on the principle of sonority, which orders segments in the syllable according to their articulatory opening. This generalizing principle, however, has been challenged by languages admitting long strings of consonants. Among phonotactically complex systems, Slavic and Germanic families have been menti...
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At the phonological level, Tashlhiyt Berber features remarkably long strings of consonants with no intervening vowels. Past research on the topic has investigated the structure of syllabic constituents, suggesting that in spite of its acknowledged complexity, the language favours syllable structure with simple onsets. In this preliminary work, we u...
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In this paper, we take up the challenge of exploring the relationship between markedness and frequency in phonotactics. The study is based on word-initial and word-final consonant clusters in Polish and English. The aim of this study is threefold. First, we establish logarithmic frequencies for word-initial and final consonant clusters compiled fro...
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The goal of this paper is to investigate Polish phonotactics from the point of view of different measures of phonotactic preferability. The inventory of word-initial and -final clusters is extracted from a dictionary and analysed in accordance with two principles of phonotactic complexity, namely, the Sonority Sequencing Generalisation and Net Audi...
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Phonological knowledge of a language involves knowledge about which segments can be combined under what conditions. Languages vary in the quantity and quality of licensed combinations, in particular sequences of consonants, with Polish being a language with a large inventory of such combinations. The present paper reports on a two-session experimen...
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The objective of this contribution is to provide an analysis of consonant clusters based on the assumption that phonotactic preferences are encoded in phonological features of individual segments forming a cluster. This encoding is expressed by a set of parameters established for the following features: complexity, place of articulation, manner of...
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The paper reports the results of a learnability experiment with German speakers, investigating the role of universal phonotactic constraints and language use in language processing. Making use of an artificial language paradigm, participants learned nonce words with existent and non-existent German final consonant clusters adhering to or violating...
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The goal of this paper is to discuss phonotactic constraints that govern the formation of word-initial consonant clusters in two different languages, German and Polish, and to establish a general procedure for a rank-ordering of clusters. The description of clusters is based on corpus and dictionary data. We define several dimensions in cluster des...
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The aim of the present contribution was to examine the factors influencing the prosodic processing in a language with predictable word stress. For Polish, a language with fixed penultimate stress but several well-defined exceptions, difficulties in the processing and representation of prosodic information have been reported (e.g., Peperkamp and Dup...
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Phonological criteria constitute, together with morphological ones, one of the two types of formal gender assignment criteria. The role of specific onset and coda phones and their sequences, syllabicity as well as suprasegmental features has been demonstrated in, e.g., Indo-European, Afro-Asiatic and Niger-Kordofanian. Gender systems traditionally...

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The goal of the project is to offer a holistic approach to word phonotactics in Indo-European and Afro-Asitic languages. Phonotactics (in particular combinations of consonants) is studied in terms of: static distribution patterns, frequency, statistical modelling, articulation as well as psychological processing and neuro-physiological responses. The project is expected to lead to a multi-dimensional model of phonotactic grammar, which can account for disproportionate cross-linguistic phonotactic variability.
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The objective of this project is to create an interdisciplinary research team composed of Polish experts in Slavic and Germanic phonology, whose cooperation will allow to develop a novel model of phonotactic grammar, and test its output in studies on perception/production of consonant clusters in several languages. The tasks of the newly research group is to provide a comparative analysis of phonotactics of English, German, Polish and Russian from a synchronic perspective. The study of phonotactics specifies restrictions on the co-occurrence of segments in a particular language. One of linguistic universals states that the majority of world languages posits severe constraints on how words and syllables should be formed, disallowing combinations of several adjacent consonants. Since the CV (Consonant + Vowel) structure is preferred across linguistic systems, the study of languages which permit unusually long clusters (such as Slavic and Germanic, e.g. /drgn-/ in Polish drgnąć 'vibrate', /spr-/ in spring) becomes critical to phonological theory and typological classification. The basis of the model constitutes the assumption that phonotactic preferences are encoded in phonological features. Thus, these preferences are formulated on the basis of a close inspection of distribution and (co-)occurrence of various phonological features in consonants forming a cluster. In this sense, the proposed model will constitute an alternative to existing approaches, which are mainly based on a single feature of manner of articulation (sonority), and which are highly limited in being based on a priori conditions of cluster well-formedness. Our goal is to propose a new way of thinking about phonotactics on the basis of a phonological description of clusters and empirical findings on cluster learnability in Slavic and Germanic languages. Funding body: National Science Centre, Poland Funding: 60 000 Euro https://projekty.ncn.gov.pl/index.php?s=11820