Mutual Intelligibility and Surprisal in Slavic Intercomprehension (INCOMSLAV)

Project C4

Project C4 investigates the relation between information density, encoding density and grammaticalisation in a cross-linguistic perspective, focusing on intercomprehension within the family of Slavic languages.

In the second funding period,the research agenda is extended to spoken language, which allows us to investigate how information density is balanced between the acoustic and the text level in successful intercomprehension. At all levels from the acoustic signal and its phonetic structure to the texts generated from speech we develop similarity metrics and information density measures related to Slavic intercomprehension.

Keywords: intercomprehension, Slavistics, cross-lingual surprisal