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B07 - Agentivity as a key to prominence: Experimental approaches to argument alternations in German

This project explores the question of whether the privileged status of agentive and animate verbal arguments can be explained by the notion of prominence. The main challenge is to model agentivity-related prominence and its relation to animacy in a feature-based approach to agentivity. The empirical focus lies on experiments (acceptability ratings, event-related brain potentials) that test passives and constructions with the pronoun man 'they, one' for fine-grained prominence distinctions with respect to agentivity and animacy.

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Team

Name

Prof. Dr. Beatrice Primus

Principal Investigator B07

Office: Philosophikum, room 2.122
E-mail: primus(at)uni-koeln.de
Phone: (+49) 221 470-3434
Web: Prof. Dr. Beatrice Primus

Name

Dr. Markus Philipp

Principal Investigator B07

Office: Philosophikum, room 2.118
E-mail: markus.philipp(at)uni-koeln.de
Phone: (+49) 221 470-5236
Web: Dr. Markus Philipp

Name

Dr. Ingmar Brilmayer

Postdoc B07

Office: SFB, Luxemburger Str. 299, room 2.05
E-mail: ibrilmay(at)uni-koeln.de
Phone: (+49) 221 470-89910
Web: Ingmar Brilmayer

Name

Dr. Franziska Kretzschmar

Postdoc B07

Office: SFB, Luxemburger Str. 299, room 2.05
E-mail: franziska.kretzschmar(at)uni-koeln.de
Phone: (+49) 221 470-89910
Web: Dr. Franziska Kretzschmar

Name

Leonie Steimel

Student assistant B07

Office: Philosophikum, room 2.118
E-mail: jsteime1(at)uni-koeln.de
Phone: (+49) 221 470-5236

Name

Jacqueline Wiedner

Student assistant B07

Office: Philosophikum, room 2.121
E-mail: jwiedne3(at)uni-koeln.de
Phone: (+49) 221 470-5226

List of publications

2019

2018

  • García García, Marco, Beatrice Primus & Nikolaus P. Himmelmann. 2018. Shifting from animacy to agentivity. Theoretical Linguistics 44(1-2), 25-39. pdf
  • Weiss, Anna F., Franziska Kretzschmar, Matthias Schlesewsky, Ina Bornkessel-Schlesewsky, & Adrian Staub. 2018. Comprehension demands modulate re-reading, but not first-pass reading behavior. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 71, 198-210.

2017

  • Brocher, Andreas & Tim Graf. 2017. Decision-related factors in pupil old/new effects: attention, response execution, and false memory. Neuropsychologica 102 ,124-134.
  • Brocher, Andreas & Tim Graf. 2017. Response: Commentary: Pupil old/new effects reflect stimulus encoding and decoding in short-term memory. Frontiers in Psychology 8, 539.
  • Graf, Tim, Markus Philipp, Xu Xiaonan, Franziska Kretzschmar & Beatrice Primus. 2017. The interaction between telicity and agentivity: Experimental evidence from intransitive verbs in German and Chinese. Lingua 200. 84-106.
  • Philipp, Markus, Tim Graf, Franziska Kretzschmar & Beatrice Primus. 2017. Beyond verb meaning: experimental evidence for incremental processing of semantic roles and event structure. Frontiers in Psychology 8.