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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 sixty researchers 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.




The ‘Third Cologne Ankara Discourse Meeting (CADiM3)’ will take place at the House of Prominence on July 1st. It is organized by Frederike Weeber and Klaus von Heusinger and focuses on discourse topics such as reference production and comprehension. Click here for more information!
Prominence Fellowships

Prominence Fellowships

In the course of this year, a number of international Junior and Senior Fellows are visiting us. They will be engaged in lively scientific exchange with one or more projects and enrich the CRC's research with their expertise. You can find more information about the fellows on our website.
Fellowships for Refugee Researchers from Ukraine or Russia

Fellowships for Refugee Researchers from Ukraine or Russia

Given the current political situation, the Collaborative Research Centre CRC 1252 “Prominence in Language” invites applications for short-term fellowships for refugee researchers from Ukraine or Russia to work in the CRC for a maximum duration of six months. Applications are still possible!


Since 2017, researchers in the CRC have produced a total of over 300 publications! We are proud of our colleagues, because they contribute to a comprehensive description of prominence. Here you can find all publications of the CRC!


Members from projects A02, A04 and A07 gave talks at this year's LabPhon, which took place from June 23 to 25. Click here to see the full conference program!
Information on the Corona-Virus

Information on the Corona-Virus

The CRC 1252 is aware of the new challenges related to the corona virus (SARS-CoV-2) for research, teaching and administration. Here we bundle information on current measures and advice that we develop, implement and continually adapt to current trends in the CRC 1252.

Contact the CRC 1252


Prof. Dr. Petra Schumacher, room 1.09, 
appointments after consultation via e-mail or telephone


Dr. Cornelia Ehlen-Stein, room 1.06,
Tue 11 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Britt Krukau, room 1.06,
Tue, Wed, Thu 11 a.m. - 12 p.m.


CRC 1252 "Prominence in Language"
House of Prominence - "The HoP"
Luxemburger Str. 299 
D-50939 Cologne 

Postal Address

CRC 1252 "Prominence in Language"
D-50923 Cologne


Student assistants, room 1.10,
Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

IT Helpdesk

N.N., room 1.10

Communication and Website

Eva Windbergs, room 1.08,
Tue, Wed 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.