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A03 - Prosodic prominence in cross-linguistic perspective

The basic goal of the project is to contribute to a better understanding of the nature of prosodic prominence by asking how languages differ with regard to the phonological organization of prosodic prominence-lending properties. The main concern in the first phase is with so-called phrase accents, i.e. pitch changes which are not anchored to metrically strong syllables, but to the boundary of prosodic units. The project is concerned with a comprehensive account of the cross-linguistically variable phonetic and phonological properties such accents may have and their position in overall prosodic systems. In later stages, the project will also investigate lexical pitch accents from a cross-linguistic point of view.

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Team

Name

Prof. Dr. Nikolaus P. Himmelmann

Principal Investigator A03, B05 and INF

Office: Allg. Sprachwissenschaft, Meister-Ekkehart-Straße 7
E-mail: sprachwissenschaft(at)uni-koeln.de
Phone: (+49) 221 470-2323
Web: Prof. Dr. Nikolaus P. Himmelmann

Name

Dr. Constantijn Kaland

Postdoc A03

Office: SFB, Luxemburger Str. 299, room 2.06
E-mail: ckaland(at)uni-koeln.de
Phone: (+49) 221 470-89909
Web: Dr. Constantijn Kaland

Name

Christoph Bracks

Doctoral student A03

Office: SFB, Luxemburger Str. 299, room 2.08
E-mail: c.bracks(at)uni-koeln.de
Phone: (+49) 221 470-89908
Web: Christoph Bracks

Name

Maria Bardají i Farré

Student assistant A03/B05

Office: SFB, Luxemburger Str. 299, room 2.12
E-mail: mbardaji(at)smail.uni-koeln.de
Phone:

Name

Lisa Barz

Student assistant A03

Office: Allg. Sprachwissenschaft, Meister-Ekkehart-Straße 7
E-mail: lbarz1(at)uni-koeln.de
Phone: (+49) 221 470-6151

Name

Katherine Walker

Student assistant A03/B05

Office: SFB, Luxemburger Str. 299, room 2.12
E-mail: kwalker3(at)uni-koeln.de
Phone:

List of publications

In print

  • Himmelmann, Nikolaus P. & Daniel Kaufman. Accepted. Prosodic systems: Austronesia. In Carlos Gussenhoven & Aoju Chen (eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Prosody. Oxford: University Press.
  • Kaufmann, Daniel & Nikolaus P. Himmelmann. Accepted. Suprasegmental Phonology. In Alexander Adelaar & Antoinette Schapper (eds.), The Oxford Guide to the Western Austronesian Languages. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

2018

  • Himmelmann, Nikolaus P. 2018. Some preliminary observations on prosody and information structure in Austronesian languages of Indonesia and East Timor. In Sonja Riesberg, Asako Shiohara & Atsuko Utsumi (eds.), Perspectives on information structure in Austronesian languages, 347-374. Berlin: Language Science Press.
  • Himmelmann, Nikolaus P., Meytal Sandler, Jan Strunk & Volker Unterladstetter. 2018. On the universality of intonational phrases in spontaneous speech - a crosslinguistic interrater study. Phonology 35. 207- 245. 
  • Kaland, C.C.L. 2018. Spectral tilt as a correlate of Papuan Malay word stress. Poster presentation Speech Prosody 2018, Poznań, June 13-16 2018. pdf
  • Kaland, C.C.L., Bracks, C.A. & N.H. Himmelmann. 2018. Repetition reduction in Papuan Malay prosody. Poster presentation Speech Prosody 2018, Poznań, June 13-16 2018. pdf
  • 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.), Perspectives on information structure in Austronesian languages, 389-414. Berlin: Language Science Press.