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3rd International Conference ‘Prominence in Language’

Conference Program


1 June – Wednesday


Warm-Up: Restaurant Oasis


2 June – Thursday

08:00 - 09:00


09:05 - 09:30



Prof. Dr. Bettina Rockenbach

Vice-Rector for Research and Innovation, University of Cologne


Prof. Dr. Stefan Grohé                              

Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities, University of Cologne


Prof. Dr. Petra Schumacher

Speaker of the CRC 1252 ‘Prominence in Language’, University of Cologne


Chair: Francesco Cangemi

09:30 - 10:00

Katrina Kechun Li, Francis Nolan, and Brechtje Post

University of Cambridge

Variations of focus prominence in three tone languages

10:00 - 10:30

Pingping Jia and Judith Meinschaefer 

Free University of Berlin

The interaction of tonal and metrical prominence in the Pingding dialect of Chinese

10:30 - 11:00

Coffee break


Chair: Francesco Cangemi

11:00 - 11:30

Maria Lialiou1, Aviad Albert1, Alexandra Vella2, and Martine Grice1 

University of Cologne1, University of Malta2

Prominence at edges? Some evidence from Maltese wh-words using periodic energy

11:30 - 14:00 Lunch (find possible lunch options here)


Chair: Timo Buchholz

14:00 - 14:30

Lena Borise1, Andreas Schmidt2, and Balazs Suranyi1

Hungarian Research Centre for Linguistics1, University of Potsdam2

Preverbal foci are syntactically disparate but prosodically uniform

14:30 - 15:00

Volker Struckmeier

Ruhr University Bochum

Discourse prominence relations as an explanation for semantic reconstruction under ellipsis

15:00 - 15:30

Anna Pia Jordan-Bertinelli1, Christopher Saure2, and Stefan Hinterwimmer2

University of Witwatersrand1, University of Wuppertal2

An experimental investigation of the interaction of narrators' and protagonists' perspectival prominence in narrative texts


15:30 - 17:00

Poster Session I


Chair: Birgit Hellwig 

17:00 - 18:00

Invited Speaker: Dejan Matić

University of Münster

Prominence and information structure


Conference dinner

Restaurant: Zum Alten Brauhaus


3 June – Friday


Chair: Janne Lorenzen

09:00 – 09:30

Lena Pagel, Simon Roessig, and Doris Mücke

University of Cologne

Articulatory encoding of prominence in habitual and loud speech

09:30 – 10:00

Christine Prechtel

University of California

Testing the inverse relationship between lexical stress strength and macro-rhythm strength


10:00 – 11:30 

Poster session II


Chair: Sarah Dolscheid

11:30 – 12:00 

Sebastian Sauppe1, Arrate Isasi-Isasmendi1, Caroline Andrews1, Åshild Næss2, Moritz M. Daum1, Monique Flecken3, Itziar Laka4, Martin Meyer1, and Balthasar Bickel1

University of Zurich1, University of Oslo2, University of Amsterdam3, University of Basque Country4

The prominence of agents in event cognition and language processing: Reviewing the cross-linguistic evidence for a malleable preference

12:00 – 12:30

Christopher Hammerly1, Adrian Staub2, and Brian Dillon2

University of British Columbia1, University of Massachusetts2

Prominence guides incremental interpretation: Lessons from obviation in Ojibwe

12:30 – 14:00

Lunch (find possible lunch options here)


Chair: Tiago Augusto Duarte

14:00 – 14:30

Paul Compensis and Petra B. Schumacher

University of Cologne

Marking discourse prominence or marking a shift in attention? The case of Bulgarian differential object indexing

14:30 – 15:00

Nehir Aygül, Yvonne Portele, and Markus Bader

Goethe University

Separating thematic role effects from structural prominence effects: a comparison of Turkish and German pronouns

15:00 – 15:30

Duygu Özge1, Ebru Evcen2, and Joshua Hartshorne3

Middle East Technical University1, University of California San Diego2, Boston College3

Implicit causality biases in Turkish psychological state events

15:30 – 16:00

Coffee break


Chair: Mark Ellison

16:00 – 16:30

Umesh Patil1, Stefan Hinterwimmer2, and Petra B. Schumacher1

University of Cologne1, University of Wuppertal2

Evaluative expressions influence prominence: effects on die and diese pronouns

16:30 – 17:30

Invited Speaker: Dale Barr

University of Glasgow

Perspective-taking and its impostors in language use

17:30 – 17:45

Closing remarks


Poster Sessions


Poster Session I: (Thursday, 2 June, 15:30 - 17:00)

  1. Aviad Albert, Maria Lialiou, Simona Sbranna and Francesco Cangemi (University of Cologne)Improved acoustic characterization of prosodic prominence using periodic energy mass
  2. Simon Roessig, Janne Lorenzen and Stefan Baumann (University of Cologne)Evidence for a prosodic prominence budget in German utterances
  3. Enkeleida Kapia1, Felicitas Kleber1, and Alejna Brugos2 (Institute for Phonetics and Speech Processing1, Massachusetts Institute of Technology2)Discrete and continuous-valued prosodic cues to prominence perception in Albanian
  4. Christine T. Röhr1, Michelina Savino2, T. Mark Ellison1, and Martine Grice1 (University of Cologne1, University of Bari2)The role of intonation in attention allocation in serial recall
  5. Ricardo Napoleão de Souza1 and Maria Cantoni2 (University of Helsinki1, Federal University of Minas Gerais2)An evaluation of secondary prominence in spontaneous Brazilian Portuguese
  6. Sarah Dolscheid1, Judith Schlenter2, Barbara Zeyer1, and Martina Penke1 (University of Cologne1, Arctic University of Norway2)How animacy and literacy affect picture naming
  7. Maria Bardají i Farré, Semra Kizilkaya, Sonja Riesberg and Nikolaus P.      Himmelmann (University of Cologne)Some natural forces are animate agents
  8. Lidia Federica Mazzitelli (University of Cologne)Animacy as a prominence-lending feature in Lakurumau
  9. Åshild Næss (University of Oslo)Prominence levels and the symmetrical voice-to-transitivity shift
  10. Yvonne Portele (Goethe University)Patient prominence in German: Effects of accessibility and structural priming
  11. Thiago Bruno de Souza Santos, Stella von Randow-Jopen, Antonia Dietrich and Perniss Pamela (University of Cologne)Marking prominence in German Sign Language (DGS): A corpus analysis of object marking with the sign AUF
  12. Jakob Egetenmeyer (University of Cologne)The varying prominence status of indirect speech in adversative contexts


Poster Session II (Friday, 3 June, 10:00 - 11:30)

  1. Kirsten Culhane (University of Freiburg)Examining acoustic evidence for word-level prosodic prominence in Waima'a
  2. Isabelle Franz1, Christine Knoop1, Gerrit Kentner2, Sascha Rothbart1, Vanessa Kegel1, Julia Vasilieva1, Sanja Methner1, Mathias Scharinger1, and Winfried Menninghaus1(Max Planck Institute for Empirical Aesthetics1, Goethe University2)Prosodic phrasing and syllable prominence in spoken prose – prediction from text and validation
  3. Alicia Janz, Simon Wehrle, and Simona Sbranna (University of Cologne)Making conversation work: Prominence in the intonation of feedback signals
  4. Heiko Seeliger and Sophie Repp (University of Cologne): Don’t make me more prominent! Or do? Prosodic reflexes of contrast, newness and givenness in wh-exclamatives and wh-questions
  5. Christina Domene Moreno, Baris Kabak and Haykanush Sazhumyan (University of Würzburg)Crosslinguistic differences in the mapping of prominence between music and language
  6. Yibing Shi (University of Cambridge)Corrective focus and tone sandhi in Xiangshan Wu Chinese
  7. Sandra Debreslioska1 and Pamela Perniss2 (Lund University1, University of Cologne2)Gestures accompany new and focused referents in discourse
  8. Magdalena Repp, Petra B. Schumacher and Clare Patterson (University of Cologne): Prominent protagonists influence discourse topicality
  9. Baris Kabak1 and Janne Lorenzen2 (University of Würzburg1, University of Cologne2): Grammar-external and structural factors predict the rate of forestressing in African American English: A corpus study
  10. Timo Buchholz1, Jet Hoek2, and Klaus von Heusinger1(University of Cologne1, Radboud University2): Syntactic and prosodic cues for prominent clauses
  11. Tiago Augusto Duarte, Marco García García, and Klaus von Heusinger (University of Cologne)Differential Object Marking and discourse prominence in Spanish
  12. Albert Wall1, Senta Zeugin2, and Philipp Obrist2 (University of Vienna1, University of Zurich2)Experimental evidence from Ibero-Romance for fine-grained distinctions on prominence scales
  13. T. Mark Ellison (University of Cologne)Prominence facilitates communication between predictive agents