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A06 - Prosodic prominence in non-assertive speech acts (newly accepted project since Nov 2018)

The current project investigates prosodic prominence marking that has been associated with certain non-assertive speech acts, e.g. expressive speech acts like exclamations, echo questions, rejecting questions, in relation to prosodic prominence marking that is the result of the information structure of an utterance (givenness-newness, contrast). It thus investigates the interaction of two prominence-lending semantic-pragmatic properties that can impose conflicting as well as additive requirements on prominence marking in the prosodic domain. The project explores how these requirements are realized by conducting prosodic production experiments with speakers of German.

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Prof. Dr. Sophie Repp

Principal Investigator A06

Office: Philosophikum, Raum 2.119
E-mail: sophie.repp(at)
Phone: (+49) 221 470-5235
Web: Prof. Dr. Sophie Repp


Heiko Seeliger

Postdoc A06

Office: SFB, Luxemburger Str. 299, Raum 2.04
E-mail: heiko.seeliger(at)
Phone: (+49) 221 470-89911
Web: Heiko Seeliger


Lukas Kurzeja

Student assistant A06

Office: SFB, Luxemburger Str. 299, Raum 2.12
E-mail: lkurzeja(at)
Phone: (+49) 221 470-