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GAKT5 in Cologne on "Information Structure in Semantics and Syntax"

GAKT5 in Cologne on "Information Structure in Semantics and Syntax"

From February 10 - 11, 2020 the 5 international Workshop between the University of Cologne and the University of Tokyo took place. The Workshop is part of the conference series "Tagungsreihe Germanistische Linguistik".
Junior Fellow Yuto Yamazaki from Tokyo as a guest at the CRC

Junior Fellow Yuto Yamazaki from Tokyo as a guest at the CRC

Yuto Yamazaki, doctoral student at the University of Tokyo under Prof. Yoshiki Mori, was a guest researcher at the CRC from January 27 until February 17. He cooperated with project C04.
Professor Dr. Beatrice Primus: Obituary and Commemoration

Professor Dr. Beatrice Primus: Obituary and Commemoration

Beatrice Primus died on November 29, 2019 at the age of 66 years. Here you will find all information on the commemoration.
Inaugural Lecture by Anna Bonifazi

Inaugural Lecture by Anna Bonifazi

On January 20, 2020 Anna Bonifazi is giving her public Inaugural Lecture on "'Was hat die griechische Partikellehre mit dem Sinne des Lebens zu thun?' (F. Nietzsche): What ancient Greek particles tells us about language use".
Christiane Bongartz (C03) gives lecture at the cologne town hall

Christiane Bongartz (C03) gives lecture at the cologne town hall

For the lecture course "Wissenschaft im Rathaus" she talks about european influences on language and how they change our cognition and receipt of language.
Publications – Special Section: Prominence in Discourse

Publications – Special Section: Prominence in Discourse

All good things come in threes: You can find three articles of the CRC in the current Issue of the Journal of Pragmatics. Click here to learn more.
Cooperation between KI-Start-up "ella" and SFB-Project C05

Cooperation between KI-Start-up "ella" and SFB-Project C05

Ella aims to automatically generate fictional texts by using artificial intelligence. Together the working team is going to investigate AI-texts according to their structure and quality. Results will then be merged into the programme of the ella-AI which the start up is currenctly working on.
From Brazil to the CRC (C02) and presenting at the CCLS

From Brazil to the CRC (C02) and presenting at the CCLS

Aroldo de Andrade will be in Cologne until the 22 December, 2019 to establish new cooperations with Area C. His research mainly concentrates on informationstructure, syntax and non-canonical constructions. Mail: aroldo.andrade@gmail.com
International Linguistic Winter School in Thessaloniki

International Linguistic Winter School in Thessaloniki

From December 13 to 14 2019, the Winter School "The interplay of language, literacy and cognition in bilingual settings" takes place in Thessaloniki. This event is a collaboration between C03, the DAAD and the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.
Publication: Riesberg, Malcher & Himmelmann (2019)

Publication: 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.
A05 at Conference in Spain - Lecture on Prominence in DOM

A05 at Conference in Spain - Lecture on Prominence in DOM

Melanie Uth and Patrick Auhagen (student Assistant) from A05 are visiting the conference "Congreso Internacional I ALFALito" in Madrid from vom October, 28 until October 30, 2019. They will also be giving a presentation on differential object marking (DOM) in two varieties of mexican Spanisch (Abstract attached).
"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?"
2nd Network Meeting (Cologne - Potsdam - Saarbrücken)

2nd Network Meeting (Cologne - Potsdam - Saarbrücken)

On November 14 and 15, 2019 the second Network Meeting between the three CRCs Cologne (1252), Potsdam (1102), and Saarbrücken (1287) takes place - this time in Cologne. The researchers will be discussing thematic and methodological approaches to "discourse". The programme and website can be accessed here.
Workshop: "Pronouns and discourse prominence" at the RED

Workshop: "Pronouns and discourse prominence" at the RED

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 Radboud University Nijmegen visit Cologne

Students from Radboud University Nijmegen visit Cologne

Their visit serves as a preparation for the students' upcoming studies in German and offered first-hand insights into the german language and culture. The stay was 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.
Third annual CRC 1252 retreat (Bad Honnef)

Third annual CRC 1252 retreat (Bad Honnef)

From June 26 – 28, the third annual CRC retreat took place in Bad Honnef. For the second phase of the CRC 1252, ideas were further developed and new impulses created. For a detailed report, click here.
Interspeech 2019: Graz - Austria

Interspeech 2019: Graz - Austria

September 15 - 19: Doris Mücke (A04), Francesco Cangemi (A02), Simon Rössig and Lena Pagel (A04) will represent the CRC at this year's Interspeech 2019 in Graz, Austria.
Klaus von Heusinger in an interview with Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger

Klaus von Heusinger in an interview with Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger

Klaus von Heusinger points out the relevance of research on prominence for everyone in an interview with Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger. What exactly does the CRC 1252 do? Which areas can profit from the basic research? Click here for the article.
Lena Pagel (A04) wins Faculty Prize

Lena Pagel (A04) wins Faculty Prize

Lena Pagel (A04) wins faculty prize with her bachelor thesis. Her Thesis "Eine artikulatorische Studie zur Prominenzmarkierung im Deutschen: Die Kinematik des Zungenrückens" arose within the scope of SFB. She will be presenting her work at the "4th Young Female Researchers in Speech" in Graz.
Inaugural Lecture of Birgit Hellwig (B02) and Marco García García (B04)

Inaugural Lecture of Birgit Hellwig (B02) and Marco García García (B04)

On 17 June 2019, Birgit Hellwig (B02) gave her inaugural lecture on "Sprachdokumentation und Spracherwerb: Die Qaqet in Papua-Neuguinea" and Marco García García (B04) on "Subjektprominenz und Passiv im Spanischen".
LingCologne2019: Multimodality

LingCologne2019: Multimodality

The LingCologne2019 conference focuses on a multimodal view of language and provides insights into the interactions of different language modalities (oral-vocal, visual-gestural and written modality) and the systems underlying these interactions.
COFLIS - Prominence between cognitive functions and linguistic structures

COFLIS - Prominence between cognitive functions and linguistic structures

The workshop in Bari was partly organized by Martine Grice (A01), Stefan Baumann (A01) and Francesco Cangemi (A02). With the help of the webinar, the CRC 1252 is making an effort to reduce its carbon footprint.
StuTS 65 in Cologne

StuTS 65 in Cologne

The 65th StuTS (Studentische Tagung Sprachwissenschaft) took place in Cologne from May 23 - 25. Keynote presenters were (among others) Doris Mücke (A04), Nikolaus Himmelmann (A03, B05), Martina Penke (B06) and Pamela Perniss (UzK).
Uta Reinöhl wins Heinz Maier-Leibnitz-Preis

Uta Reinöhl wins Heinz Maier-Leibnitz-Preis

Die researcher Uta Reinöhl (B03) wins the Heinz Maier-Leibnitz-Preis with her dissertation on indogermanic languages. The prize is known to be the most important one by the DFG and BMBF for junior scientists.
Uta Reinöhl - Interview with FAZ

Uta Reinöhl - Interview with FAZ

Uta Reinöhl (B03) speaks with FAZ about the benefits and challanges of language documentation. In her recent field research project she concerns herself with morphological processes of the north Indian language Kera'a.
CRC in the media: Prof. Himmelmann's radio feature about the UN year of indigenous languages

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

WDR5's "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 leads to a loss in cultural thinking.
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.
Winter School "Biliterate development in diverse contexts"

Winter School "Biliterate development in diverse contexts"

On 13 - 14 December 2018 the winter school "Biliterate development in diverse contexts" will take place. It is organized by C03, together with professors and students of the University of Thessaloniki, through the DAAD collaboration between the University of Cologne and the University of Thessaloniki.
Petra Schumacher at ALS in Adelaide

Petra Schumacher at ALS in Adelaide

At the Australian Lingustic Society (ALS) Conference on 10 - 12 December 2018 in Adelaide Petra Schumacher will hold a keynote on the topic "Referential functions and the construction of prominence profiles".
CRC in the media: Aria Adli at German channel WDR

CRC in the media: Aria Adli at German channel WDR

On 20 Nov 2018 Aria Adli was a guest on the live TV show "Hier und heute" ('Here and today') on German channel WDR. He was interviewed on the topic of celebrity nicknames. (in German only!)
Workshop "Datives in Discourse" at CRC 1252

Workshop "Datives in Discourse" at CRC 1252

Klaus von Heusinger (University of Cologne) and Alina Tigau (University of Cologne/University of Bucharest) will give a workshop on the topic "Datives in Discourse" from 25 ‒ 26 October 2018. Deadline of call for papers: 1 Sept 2018.
Experimental concert of the CRC 1252 at St. Peter's church

Experimental concert of the CRC 1252 at St. Peter's church

13 October 2018 will see the premiere of new music about "prominence" - a composition exclusively written for the CRC 1252. Afterwards, we invite you to stay for a panel discussion with Prof. Sybille Krämer (FU Berlin), Prof. Aria Adli (CRC 1252) and composer Roman Pfeifer.
Klaus von Heusinger as an invited speaker at IATL

Klaus von Heusinger as an invited speaker at IATL

Klaus von Heusinger will hold a Plenary Talk at the 34th annual conference of the "Israel Association for Theoretical Linguistics (IATL)". The conference will take place from 8 ‒ 9 October 2018 at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in Southern Israel.
CRC workshop of Referentiality on 27th and 28th September

CRC workshop of Referentiality on 27th and 28th September

Invited guests are Artemis Alexiadou (HU Berlin), Janice Carruthers (Queen's University, Belfast), Petra Hendriks (Groningen), Emmanuelle Labeau (Aston University, Birmingham), Manuel Leonetti (Alcalá), Ludovica Serratrice (Reading) and Henriette de Swart (Utrecht).
Volume on information structure in Austronesian languages published

Volume on information structure in Austronesian languages published

CRC Postdoc Sonja Riesberg is the co-editor of a newly published collection of articles from LangSciPress. She also contributed an article about prominence in Papuan Malay in co-operation with Stefan Baumann and Nikolaus P. Himmelmann.
Impressions of Prominence conference online

Impressions of Prominence conference online

Thanks to photographer Daniel Gutzmann we added some photo impressions of the ICPL 2 (July 11th-13th 2018 in Cologne). It was a great event!
Five posters at AMLaP 2018

Five posters at AMLaP 2018

At "Architectures and Mechanisms for Language Processing (AMLaP)" the team of Klaus von Heusinger will present five posters. The conference is ogranized by Humboldt University of Berlin in Titanic Hotel Chaussee Berlin from 06th til 08th Sept 2018.
CRC in the media: Prominence is a death issue

CRC in the media: Prominence is a death issue

The science programme "Klärwerk" of radio station Kölncampus aired on July 23rd 2018 a live interview with Klaus von Heusinger about research in Prominence at the University of Cologne. (7:02 min) (Radio feature available in German only!)
CRC in the media: What is Prominence and how do we communicate?

CRC in the media: What is Prominence and how do we communicate?

The programme "Aus Kultur- und Sozialwissenschaften" of Deutschlandfunk aired a radio feature about us in which interviews with CRC spokesperson Klaus von Heusinger and Keynote speaker Eva Schultze-Berndt (Manchester) can be heard. (Available in German only!)
"Respiratory Movement Measures in Speech"

"Respiratory Movement Measures in Speech"

The workshop on July 2-3, 2018 at the Phonetics Institute gives insight into the respiratory process and methods to analyse this important human feature. The workshop is given in German. You can register until June 11, 2018.
Programme of ICPL2 online now

Programme of ICPL2 online now

The preliminary version of the programme of the Second International Conference on Prominence in Language of the CRC on July 11th-13th. Until June 15th you can register online.
CRC in the media: "On the usefulness of useless research"

CRC in the media: "On the usefulness of useless research"

At the beginning of 2018, the German business magazine brand eins published an article about the CRC and its usefulness. The journalist talked to Principal Investigators Klaus von Heusinger and Nikolaus P. Himmelmann on the relevance of the humanities. (Report available in German only)
What foreign languages do differently

What foreign languages do differently

The exhibition at Berlin's Museum of Communication from May 4th to October 7th, 2018 explores language diversity with eight interactive exhibits. Principal Investigator Nikolaus P. Himmelmann was involved.
Lecture series "Redefreiheit" in summer term 2018

Lecture series "Redefreiheit" in summer term 2018

The CRC supports the lecture series called Redefreiheit (freedom of speech) of the Center for Language, Information and Philosophie (CLIP) at the University of Cologne. It will be presented in English at May 30th and June 20th.
Workshop of the relationship between prosodic and referential structure

Workshop of the relationship between prosodic and referential structure

At the beginning of March 2018 Principal Investigators Klaus von Heusinger, Petra Schumacher and Stefan Baumann led a workshop at the annual conference of DGfS (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Sprachwissenschaft) at the University of Stuttgart.
CRC at renowned CUNY in Davis, USA

CRC at renowned CUNY in Davis, USA

A group of our researchers attented neuro-conference called CUNY Sentence Processing Conference in California in March 2018. Petra Schumacher and Melanie Fuchs presented results of the ERP research to an international audience.
CRC in the media: Interview on misunderstandings

CRC in the media: Interview on misunderstandings

The concept of prominence facilitates understanding how communication succeeds or fails. Principal Investigator Aria Adli talked with German radio station WDR 2 about the nature of misunderstandings. (Report available in German only)
3rd Nuba Mountain Languages Conference

3rd Nuba Mountain Languages Conference

The international conference of languages in Nuba mountains takes place at the Institute for African Studies and Egyptology on September 27th-29th 2017. | Contact: Dr. Gertrud Schneider-Blum
First DELAMAN Franz Boas Award

First DELAMAN Franz Boas Award

CRC postdoc Sonja Riesberg receives first DELAMAN Franz Boas Award for her work on the corpus of languages from the Indonesian provinces Papua Barat and Papua.
Leo Spitzer Prize

Leo Spitzer Prize

Principal Investigator Nikolaus P. Himmelmann has received the University of Cologne's Leo Spitzer Prize.