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Planned Collaborative Research Centre Prominence in Language

The dynamic view of language and communication will be verified by looking at different linguistic phenomena, within and across the linguistic disciplines.

The notion of prominence will be used as a first test-case. At this preparatory stage, six of the 25 tenured linguists in Cologne (Becker, Bongartz, Grice, von Heusinger, Himmelmann, Primus) will act as principal investigators, working together to investigate prominence in language from the following three perspectives:  

  • Prosodic Expression of Prominence
  • Prominence in Morphosyntax and Semantics
  • Prominence Management in Discourse


Preparatory work for the prominence proposal: