Our research projects
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.
Phase I (2017-2020)
Area A - Prosodic Prominence
Structural accounts of prosody emphasize relational dependencies between units within domains. Such relations usually ...
Individual behaviour in encoding and decoding prosodic prominence
Prosodic prominence in cross-linguistic perspective
Dynamic modelling of prosodic prominence
Non-assertive speech acts
Metrical prominence - Scales and Structures
Area B - Prominence in morpho-syntax and semantics
Projects in this area deal with prominence relations at the morphosyntax-semantics interface. Here verbal arguments ...
Prominence phenomena in Slavic languages
Split case marking and constituent order variation in East Africa
Interaction of nominal and verbal features for Differential Object Marking
Symmetrical voice languages
Attention and prominence in language production and acquisition
Non-canonical alignment and agreement patterns in East Baltic
Prominence in action: referent representation in German Sign Language (DGS)
Area C - Prominence managing in discourse
Projects in Area C explore how prominence is managed in discourse. The main focus is on prominence relations between semantic entities, e.g. ...
Tense and aspect in discourse
Reference management in bilingual narratives
Conceptual and referential activation in discourse
Discourse referents as perspectival centres
Prominence in subordinating rhetorical relations
Forward and backward functions of discourse anaphora
Prominence and predictive modelling