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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

Riesberg, Malcher & Himmelmann (2019)

Riesberg, Malcher & Himmelmann (2019)

Austronesian symmetrical voice languages allow for both ‘agent-first’ and ‘undergoer-first’ orders in basic transitive constructions. We argue that these languages still provide evidence for a *universal ‘agent-first’ principle*, reflecting the claim for agents to be universally more prominent than verbal arguments with other thematic roles.

"Prosody Visualisation Challenge" won at the ICPhs 2019

"Prosody Visualisation Challenge" won at the ICPhs 2019

Congratulations to Aviad Albert, Francesco Cangemi and Martine Grice (A02) for winning the "Prosody Visualisation Challenge" at the "International Congress of the Phonetic Sciences" in Melbourne. Their contribution was entitled "Can you draw me a question?"

Workshop: Pronouns and discourse prominence

Workshop: Pronouns and discourse prominence

The international workshop "Pronouns and discourse prominence" - part of the RED - takes place in Kassel from 01 - 03 October 2019. Klaus von Heusinger et al. are organising the workshop with contributions from Jet Hoek (C04) and Lukasz Jedrzejowski.

Students from Radbout University Nijmegen visit Cologne

Students from Radbout University Nijmegen visit Cologne

Their visit serves as a preparation for upcoming studies in German and offered first-hand insights into the german language and culture. Organised by Katja Jasinskaja (C06) and Eva Knopp.

XXXVI. Romanistentag in Kassel

XXXVI. Romanistentag in Kassel

At this year's Romanistentag K. von Heusinger (B04, C04), J. Egetenmeyer (C02), M. Becker (C02), J. Mattissen-Piaszenski (B05), M. Uth (A05), A. Cassarà (C01), E. Engel (C01), P. Herbeck (C01) und A. Adli (C01) will present their studies and research (September 29 - October 2).

Summer School "Language, Diversity, and Minorities"

Summer School "Language, Diversity, and Minorities"

September 30 - October 6, 2019: The Summer School will take place at the University of Cologne before the start of lectures in the winter semester and is based on a scientific collaboration between the Department of Oriental Studies and the Sociolinguistic Lab.

Contact the CRC 1252

Speaker

Prof. Dr. Klaus von Heusinger, room 1.09, 
0221-470-89900
klaus.vonheusinger(at)uni-koeln.de
appointments after consultation via e-mail or telephone

 

Website

Sandra Langen, room 1.08,
0221-470-89907
sandra.langen(at)uni-koeln.de
Mon 10 a.m. - 13 p.m. and Tue 10 - 11:30 a.m.

André von Schledorn, room 1.08,
0221-470-89907
a.schledorn(at)uni-koeln.de
Tue 10 - 11:30 a.m. and Thu 10 a.m. - 13 p.m.

 

IT Helpdesk

Muzamal Cheema, room 3.12,
0221-470-89926
mcheema2(at)uni-koeln.de 
Tue 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. and Wed 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Management

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

Michael Remmy, room 1.06,
0221-470-89901
mremmy(at)uni-koeln.de
Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu 11 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Annalena Wasiri (on maternity leave), room 1.06,
0221-470-89901
a.wasiri(at)uni-koeln.de 
Mon, Tue, Wed: 11 a.m. - 12 p.m.

 

Helpdesk

Student assistants, room 1.10,
0221-470-89927
sfb1252-helpdesk(at)uni-koeln.de
Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu: 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.