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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.


Call for Fellowships 2023

Call for Fellowships 2023

The CRC 1252 „Prominence in Language“ has opened applications for Junior (3-6 months) and Senior short-term (1-3 months) fellowships. The application deadline is January 15th, 2023. More information on the application process can be found here.
L2 Sentence and Discourse Processing

L2 Sentence and Discourse Processing

On November 18, 2022, a workshop on L2 Sentence and Discourse Processing took place, which was funded by the CRC. It was organised by Clare Patterson (C07), Jacopo Torregrossa (C03), and Sol Lago (Goethe University Frankfurt). Click here for more information!
Paths through meaning and form

Paths through meaning and form

On the occasion of Klaus von Heusinger's (B04, C04) 60th birthday a Festschrift was published by Chiara Gianollo, Lukasz Jedrzejowski and Sofiana I. Lindemann. Many members of the CRC wrote contributions. Click here to see the open access publication.
Homenaje al Hispanismo Alemán

Homenaje al Hispanismo Alemán

Marco García García (B04) participated in the "Homenaje al Hispanismo Alemán" (event in honor of Hispanic Studies in Germany), representing Spanish Linguistics in Germany. The event was held in the presence of the Queen of Spain in the framework of the Frankfurt Book Fair, where Spain was the guest country this year.
CRC at Köln Marathon

CRC at Köln Marathon

Runners from the CRC 1252 successfully completed the Köln-Marathon 2022: The picture shows the CRC relay team (who finished the full marathon in 03:38:19!) and Barbara Zeyer (B06), who finished the half marathon.
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,

IT Helpdesk

N.N., room 1.10

Communication and Website

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