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A01 - Intonation and attention orienting: Neurophysiological and behavioural correlates

To investigate the prominence-lending function of prosody, in particular its contribution to attention orienting, we will seek evidence from prominence ratings and electrophysiological measurements during the perception of different accent types in German. The project will further investigate the production and perception of prosodic prominence in relation to the depth of information processing as a function of language-specific expectations on focal and post-focal material. Here we will compare two languages, Italian and German, which reportedly assign different levels of prominence postfocally.

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Prof. Dr. Martine Grice

Principal Investigator A01, A02 and C09

Office: Phonetik, Herbert-Lewin-Straße 6
E-mail: martine.grice(at)
Phone: (+49) 221 470-5610
Web: Prof. Dr. Martine Grice


Prof. Dr. Petra Schumacher

Principal Investigator A01, C07 and C09

Office: Philosophikum, room 2.124
E-mail: petra.schumacher(at)
Phone: (+49) 221 470-2696
Web: Prof. Dr. Petra Schumacher


Dr. Christine Röhr

Postdoc A01

Office: Phonetik, Herbert-Lewin-Straße 6, room 1.10
E-mail: christine.roehr(at)
Phone: (+49) 221 470-4259
Web: Dr. Christine Röhr


Alicia Janz

Student assistant A01

Office: Philosophikum, room 2.125
E-mail: alicia.janz(at)
Phone: (+49) 221 470-5391


Christian Weitz

Student assistant A01

Office: Phonetik, Herbert-Lewin-Straße 6
E-mail: christian.weitz(at)
Phone: (+49) 0221 470-7047


To appear

  • Grice, Martine. To appear. Commentary: The autosegmental-metrical model of intonational phonology. In Stefanie Shattuck-Hufnagel & Jonathan Barnes (eds.), Prosodic Theory and Practice. The MIT Press.



  • Baumann, Stefan, Jane Mertens & Janina Kalbertodt. 2019. Informativeness and speaking style affect the realization of nuclear and prenuclear accents in German. In Sasha Calhoun, Paola Escudero, Marija Tabain & Paul Warren (eds.), Proceedings of the 19th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences (ICPhS), 1580-1584. Melbourne, Australia. pdf
  • Cangemi, Francesco, Aviad Albert & Martine Grice. 2019. Modelling intonation: Beyond segments and tonal targets. Proceedings of the 19th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences (ICPhS), 572-576. Melbourne, Australien. pdf
  • Grice, Martine, Alexandra Vella & Anna Bruggeman. 2019. Stress, pitch accent, and beyond: Intonation in Maltese questions. Journal of Phonetics 76. 100913.
  • von Heusinger, Klaus & Petra B. Schumacher. 2019. Discourse prominence: Definition and application. Journal of Pragmatics 154. 117-127.
  • Kaland, Constantijn & Stefan Baumann. 2019. Different functions of phrase-final F0 movements in spontaneous Papuan Malay. Proceedings of the 19th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences (ICPhS). Melbourne, Australia. pdf
  • Kügler, Frank, Stefan Baumann, Bistra Andreeva, Bettina Braun, Martine Grice, Jana Neitsch, Oliver Niebuhr, Jörg Peters, Christine T. Röhr, Antje Schweitzer & Petra Wagner. 2019. Annotation of German intonation: DIMA compared with other annotation systems. In Sasha Calhoun, Paola Escudero, Marija Tabain & Paul Warren (eds.), Proceedings of the 19th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences (ICPhS), 1297-1301. Melbourne, Australia. pdf
  • Roessig, Simon, Doris Mücke & Martine Grice. 2019. The dynamics of intonation: Cateogrical and continuous variation in an attractor-based model. PLoS ONE 14(5). pdf
  • Schumacher, Petra B. & Klaus von Heusinger. 2019. Special Issue: Prominence in DiscourseJournal of Pragmatics 154. pdf