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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.

 

News

CRC in the media: Nikolaus P. Himmelmann's radio feature about the UN year of indigenous languages

CRC in the media: Nikolaus P. Himmelmann's radio feature about the UN year of indigenous languages

WDR5's show "Scala" aired a feature with Prof. Himmelmann on 9 January 2019. The UNESCO has proclaimed 2019 the Year of Indigenous Languages, the demise of many of which has been caused by colonialism and globalisation. (Radio feature available in German only!)

SFB networking

SFB networking

Together with CRC 1287 (University of Potsdam) and CRC 1102 (Saarland University) the kick-off networking meeting will take place on February 14-15, 2019 at WIS Bildungsforum in Potsdam. It will focus on language processing.

CRC in the media: Nikolaus P. Himmelmann interviewed by German newspaper FAZ

CRC in the media: Nikolaus P. Himmelmann interviewed by German newspaper FAZ

In an interview entitled "Eltern, sprecht mit euren Kindern!" ("parents, speak to your children!") in the 3 December 2018 issue, Prof. Himmelmann talks about globalization in relation to endangered languages, the preservation thereof and the UNESCO Year of Indigenous Languages.

Contact the CRC 1252

Speaker

Prof. Dr. Klaus von Heusinger, room 1.09, 
0221-470-89900
klaus.vonheusinger(at)uni-koeln.de
 

Website

Kristin Bachner, room 1.08,
0221-470-89907 
kristin.bachner(at)uni-koeln.de 

IT Helpdesk

Muqarab Afzal, room 3.12,
0221-470-89927
mafzal2(at)uni-koeln.de  
Tue 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Administration

Annalena Wasiri, room 1.06,
0221-470-89901
a.wasiri(at)uni-koeln.de 
Mo, Tu, We: 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Ana-Laura Lemke, room 1.06,
0221-470-4376 
lemkea(at)uni-koeln.de
Th: 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Helpdesk

Student assistants in room 1.10,
0221-470-89927
sfb1252-helpdesk(at)uni-koeln.de
Mo, Tu, We, Th: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.