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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.


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.
Call for Abstracts

Call for Abstracts

We are happy to announce that the call for abstracts is now out for our 3rd International Conference on "Prominence in Language" taking place in Cologne in June 2022. Submissions are very welcome until January 31, 2022. Click here for the full call.
CRC Day 3

CRC Day 3

On October 25 all members of the CRC came together to attend the 3rd virtual CRC Day. On this occasion, we followed up on project presentations and got together for bilateral meetings. The CRC Days are a great opportunity to welcome new members, share ideas and to foster further collaboration between the different projects.

Contact the CRC 1252


Prof. Dr. Klaus von Heusinger, 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.

Ana-Laura Lemke, room 1.08,
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, Thu 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.