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Linguistic research at the University of Cologne

CRC "Prominence in Language"

Welcome to "Prominence in Language"

In this Collaborative Research Centre (CRC 1252) more than seventy researchers from the University of Cologne are working together in an interdisciplinary team with the goal of providing a comprehensive characterization of prominence in language.

We investigate how prominence structures language with respect to prosody (Area A), morphosyntax and semantics (Area B) as well as text and discourse structure (Area C) in a large variety of languages from more than a dozen major language families and linguistic areas world wide. Our research on prominence contributes to a better understanding of language as a system between communication and cognition.



Uta Reinöhl receives the most important junior prize in Germany

Uta Reinöhl receives the most important junior prize in Germany

This year, ten researchers will be receiving the Heinz Maier-Leibnitz Prize, the most prestigious award for young researchers. The recipients will be awarded the 20,000€ prize by the German Research Foundation (DFG) and the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) in Berlin on 28 May (in German only!).

CRC in the media: Aria Adli in German newspaper "Deutsche Welle"

CRC in the media: Aria Adli in German newspaper "Deutsche Welle"

On the occasion of International Mother Language Day, Aria Adli gave an interview stating that language change is natural and testifies to a language’s vitality. In German, for instance, the prestige language has, over time, changed from French to English.

LingCologne 2019: Conference on Multimodality

LingCologne 2019: Conference on Multimodality

The conference will take place at University of Cologne on 6-7 June 2019 and is organized by Daniel Buncic (B01), Clare Patterson (C07), Petra Schumacher (A01, C07). It focuses on a multimodal view of language and provides insights into the interactions of different language modalities and the systems underlying these interactions.

Contact the CRC 1252


Prof. Dr. Klaus von Heusinger, room 1.09, 


Kristin Bachner, room 1.08,

IT Helpdesk

Muqarab Afzal, room 3.12,
Tue 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.


Annalena Wasiri, room 1.06,
Mo, Tu, We: 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Ana-Laura Lemke, room 1.06,
Th: 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.


Student assistants in room 1.10,
Mo, Tu, We, Th: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.