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B06 - Attention and prominence in language production and acquisition

The proposed project seeks to examine links between attentional processes and linguistic prominence by investigating effects of visual attention on language production. In particular, the goals are: (i) to test the extent to which attention-orienting may affect the choice of grammatical structure in German, (ii) to examine whether and which prominence-lending features of agentivity and animacy (e.g. control, sentience, etc.) interact with attention, (iii) to investigate the developmental trajectory of the attention-language interface.

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Prof. Dr. Martina Penke

Principal Investigator B06

Office: Herbert-Lewin-Straße 10, room 307
E-mail: martina.penke(at)
Phone: (+49) 221 470-5592
Web: Prof. Dr. Martina Penke


Dr. Sarah Verlage (née Dolscheid)

Principal Investigator B06

Office: Herbert-Lewin-Straße 10
E-mail: sarah.dolscheid(at)
Phone: (+49) 221 470-2157
Web: Dr. Sarah Verlage


Dr. Yulia Esaulova (on parental leave)

Postdoc B06

Office: Herbert-Lewin-Straße 10, room 304
E-mail: yulia.esaulova(at)
Phone: (+49) 221 470-6373
Web: Dr. Yulia Esaulova


Dr. Judith Schlenter

Postdoc B06

Office: Herbert-Lewin-Straße 10, room 304
E-mail: jschlent(at)
Phone: (+49) 221-470-6373
Homepage: Judith Schlenter


Elyesa Seidel

Postdoc B06

Office: Herbert-Lewin-Str. 10, room 304
E-mail: elyesa.seidel(at)
Phone: (+49) 221 470-6373
Web: Elyesa Seidel


Sabine Reuters

Doctoral student B06

Office: Herbert-Lewin-Straße 10, room 305
E-mail: sabine.reuters(at)
Phone: (+49) 221 470-6373
Web: Sabine Reuters

List of publications

In print

  • Arslan, S., & Y. Esaulova. In Print. Information structure. In M.J. Ball & J.S. Damico (eds), The SAGE Encyclopedia of Human Communication Sciences and Disorders. SAGE Publications.



  • Asano, Rie, Sarah Dolscheid, Simon Wehrle, Martine Grice, Kai Vogeley et al. 2018. Spring School on Language, Music and Cognition: Organizing Events in Time. Music & Science, 1, 1-17.


  • Esaulova, Y., Reali, C., & von Stockhausen, L. 2017. Prominence of gender cues in the assignment of thematic roles in German. Applied Psycholinguistics, 38, 1133-1172.