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B06 - Attention and prominence in language production and acquisition

In the project, we manipulate the attention of a speaker describing a transitive event and investigate how this manipulation is reflected in the linguistic formulation of the produced utterances, specifically in the use of linguistic markers of prominence. Phase I of the project established the effects of different conceptual and perceptual attention-drawing factors on message generation and linguistic formulation in adult German speakers. Against this baseline of adult behaviour, in phase II, the project’s focus will be on exploring how the interaction between attention and linguistic prominence develops in children.

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Prof. Dr. Martina Penke

Prof. Dr. Martina Penke

Principal Investigator B06

Office: Herbert-Lewin-Straße 10, Room 307
E-Mail: martina.penke(at)
Phone: (+49) 221 470-5592
Dr. Sarah Verlage (née Dolscheid)

Dr. Sarah Verlage (née Dolscheid)

Postdoc B06

Office: Herbert-Lewin-Straße 10, Room 304
E-Mail: sverlage(at)
Phone: (+49) 221 470-6373
Barbara Zeyer

Barbara Zeyer

Research assistant B06

Office: Herbert-Lewin-Straße 10, Room 304
E-Mail: bzeyer2(at)


To appear

  • Dolscheid, Sarah, Judith Schlenter & Martina Penke. To appear. Literacy overrides effects of animacy: A picture-naming study with pre-literate German children and adult speakers of German and Arabic. PLOS ONE.







  • Asano, Rie, Pia Bornus, Justin T. Craft, Sarah Dolscheid, Sarah E. M. Faber, Viviana Haase, Marvin Heimerich, Radha Kopparti, Marit Lobben, Ayumi M. Osawa, Kendra Oudyk, Patrick C. Trettenbrein, Timo Varelmann, Simon Wehrle, Runa Ya, Martine Grice & Kai Vogeley. 2018. Spring School on Language, Music and Cognition: Organizing Events in Time. Music & Science, 1-17.


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