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A01 - Intonation and attention orienting: Neurophysiological and behavioural correlates

To investigate the prominence-lending function of prosody, in particular its contribution to attention orienting, we will seek evidence from prominence ratings and electrophysiological measurements during the perception of different accent types in German. The project will further investigate the production and perception of prosodic prominence in relation to the depth of information processing as a function of language-specific expectations on focal and post-focal material. Here we will compare two languages, Italian and German, which reportedly assign different levels of prominence postfocally.

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Prof. Dr. Martine Grice

Principal Investigator A01 and A02

Office: Phonetik, Herbert-Lewin-Straße 6
E-mail: martine.grice(at)
Phone: (+49) 221 470-5610
Web: Prof. Dr. Martine Grice


Prof. Dr. Petra Schumacher

Principal Investigator A01 and C07

Office: Philosophikum, room 2.124
E-mail: petra.schumacher(at)
Phone: (+49) 221 470-2696
Web: Prof. Dr. Petra Schumacher


PD Dr. Stefan Baumann

Postdoc A01

Office: Phonetik, Herbert-Lewin-Straße 6
E-mail: stefan.baumann(at)
Phone: (+49) 221 470-4259
Web: PD Dr. Stefan Baumann


Dr. Christine Röhr

Postdoc A01

Office: Phonetik, Herbert-Lewin-Straße 6, room 1.10
E-mail: christine.roehr(at)
Phone: (+49) 221 470-4259
Web: Dr. Christine Röhr


Caterina Ventura

Doctoral student A01

Office: SFB, Luxemburger Str. 299, room 3.10
E-mail: cventura(at)
Phone: (+49) 221 470-89914
Web: Caterina Ventura


Alicia Janz

Student assistant A01

Office: Philosophikum, room 2.125
E-mail: alicia.janz(at)
Phone: (+49) 221 470-5391


Christian Weitz

Student assistant A01

Office: Phonetik, Herbert-Lewin-Straße 6
E-mail: christian.weitz(at)
Phone: (+49) 0221 470-7047

List of publications

In print

  • Baumann, Stefan & Francesco Cangemi. To appear. Integrating phonetics and phonology in the study of linguistic prominence. Special issue in Journal of Phonetics.
  • Grice, Martine & Frank Kügler. To appear. Prosodic prominence – a cross-linguistic perspective, Special issue in Language and Speech.
  • Torreira, Francisco & Martine Grice. To appear. Melodic constructions in Spanish: Metrical structure determines the association properties of intonational tones. Journal of the International Phonetic Association (JIPA). 



  • Kaland, Constantijn & Stefan Baumann. 2019. Different functions of phrase-final F0 movements in spontaneous Papuan Malay. Proceedings of the International Congress of Phonetic Sciences (ICPhS XIX), Melbourne.
  • Schumacher, Petra B. & Klaus von Heusinger (eds.). 2019. Special Issue: Prominence in Discourse. Journal of Pragmatics 154.


  • Baumann, Stefan & Bodo Winter. 2018. What makes a word prominent? Predicting untrained German listeners' perceptual judgments. Journal of Phonetics 70, 20-38. pdf
  • Im, Suyeon, Jennifer Cole & Stefan Baumann. 2018. Probabilistic relationship between pitch accents and information status in public speech. Proceedings Speech Prosody 9, 13-16 June 2018, Poznan. 508-511.
  • Riesberg, Sonja, Janina Kalbertodt, Stefan Baumann, Nikolaus P. Himmelmann. 2018. On the perception of prosodic prominences and boundaries in Papuan Malay. In Sonja Riesberg, Asako Shiohara & Atsuko Utsumi (eds.), A cross-linguistic perspective on information structure in Austronesian languages, 389-414. Berlin: Language Science Press.
  • Thies, Tabea, Christine T. Röhr, Stefan Baumann & Martine Grice. 2018. Prosodic Marking of Information Status in Picture Story Descriptions. Proceedings Phonetik und Phonologie im deutschsprachigen Raum (P&P) 13, Berlin. 193-196.
  • Torreira, F. & M. Grice. 2018. Melodic constructions in Spanish: Metrical structure determines the association properties of intonational tones, Journal of the International Phonetic Association (JIPA) 48.1: 9-32.


  • Grice, Martine, Simon Ritter, Henrik Niemann & Timo B. Roettger. 2017. Integrating the discreteness and continuity of intonational categories. Journal of Phonetics 64. 90-107.
  • Kügler, Frank & Stefan Baumann. 2017. DIMA-Annotationsrichtlinien. pdf
  • Riester, Arndt & Stefan Baumann. 2017. The RefLex Scheme – Annotation Guidelines. Working Papers of the SFB 732. SinSpeC 14. 1-31. University of Stuttgart.