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A06 - (De-)linking prosodic and discourse prominence: The case of non-assertive speech acts

The project investigates the mapping between prosodic and discourse prominence (referential givenness, focus) in speech acts with speech-act-specific prosodic prominence relations that arguably are not linked to discourse prominence. We conduct experiments to explore the role of this (de-)linking for listeners' expectations regarding prosodic prominence in upcoming utterances, for the interpretation of prosodic prominence in such speech acts, and for the mental prominence of referents in the discourse representation of listeners.

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Prof. Dr. Sophie Repp

Deputy Spokesperson of the CRC, Principal Investigator A06

Office: Philosophikum, room 2.119
E-mail: sophie.repp(at)
Phone: (+49) 221 470-5235
Web: Prof. Dr. Sophie Repp


Dr. Heiko Seeliger

Postdoc A06

Office: SFB, Luxemburger Str. 299, room 2.04
E-mail: heiko.seeliger(at)
Phone: (+49) 221 470-89911
Web: Heiko Seeliger


Lukas Kurzeja

Student assistant A06

Office: Philosophikum, room 2.121
E-mail: lkurzeja(at)
Phone: (+49) 221 470-5226


Karoline Marliani

Student assistant A06

Office: Philosophikum, room 2.121
E-Mail: kmarlia1(at)
Phone: (+49) 221 470-5226



  • Repp, Sophie & Heiko Seeliger. 2020. Prosodic prominence in polar questions and exclamatives. Frontiers in Communication 5:53.
  • Seeliger, Heiko & Sophie Repp. 2020. Competing prominence requirements in verb-first exclamatives with contrastive and given information. Proceedings of the 10th International Conference on Speech Prosody 2020 (online conference). Tokyo, Japan. pdf



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