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While the CRC is organized into three areas (prosody, morphosyntax and semantics, discourse), our research has made it clear that most prominence-related phenomena support discourse organization and thus appear to be motivated, at least in part, by their function in organizing discourse. Phase II is designed to further substantiate this foundational insight both empirically and by way of explicit modelling. We plan inter alia to extend the investigation of the candidate space for prominence relations beyond only two competing elements, to integrate observations from larger discourse domains, to include signed language, and to provide more precise accounts of the interaction between the various dimensions that induce prominence. Furthermore, we will elaborate the dynamicity of prominence in a discourse model, in particular by modelling the forward function of prominent units. The CRC will thus continue to investigate prominence as a dynamic linguistic principle that links phenomena from different parts of the grammar to more general contextual, cognitive, and communicative domains. In addition to significantly improving our understanding of how language works, we expect our research to contribute substantially to the study of the interface between language and other aspects of human cognition.

 

Area A - Prosodic Prominence

Individual behaviour in encoding and decoding prosodic prominence

Individual behaviour in encoding and decoding prosodic prominence

Grice/ Vogeley

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Area B - Prominence in morpho-syntax and semantics

Split case marking and constituent order in East Africa

Split case marking and constituent order in East Africa

Hellwig/ Mitchell
Interaction of nominal and verbal features for Differential Object Marking

Interaction of nominal and verbal features for Differential Object Marking

García García/ von Heusinger
Prominence in action: referent representation in German Sign Language (DGS)

Prominence in action: referent representation in German Sign Language (DGS)

Perniss

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Area C - Prominence managing in discourse

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