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

The current project investigates prosodic prominence marking that has been associated with certain non-assertive speech acts, e.g. expressive speech acts like exclamations, echo questions, rejecting questions, in relation to prosodic prominence marking that is the result of the information structure of an utterance (givenness-newness, contrast). It thus investigates the interaction of two prominence-lending semantic-pragmatic properties that can impose conflicting as well as additive requirements on prominence marking in the prosodic domain. The project explores how these requirements are realized by conducting prosodic production experiments with speakers of German.

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Prof. Dr. Sophie Repp

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


Marlon Siewert

Student assistant A06

Office: Philosophikum, room 2.121
E-mail: msiewer1(at)
Phone: (+49) 221 470-5226

List of publications


  • 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