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Dr. Heiko Seeliger

Department of German Language and Literature I

Office: 2.04 (Luxemburger Str. 299)
Tel: +49 (0)221 470-89911
Email: hseelige(at)


  • From 2018: Postdoc, Universtiy of Cologne
  • 2018: PhD Linguistics, Humboldt University Berlin
  • 2016-2018: research assistant, English Linguistics, Kassel University
  • 2014-2015: research assistant, CRC 632, Area A08, Humboldt University Berlin
  • 2012: MA Linguistics, Humboldt University Berlin


  • Seeliger, Heiko & Repp, Sophie (to appear). Biased declarative questions in Swedish and German: Negation meets modal particles (väl and doch wohl). In Christine Dimroth & Stefan Sudhoff (eds.): The grammatical realization of polarity. Theoretical and experimental approaches. Amsterdam: Benjamins.
  • Härtl, Holden & Seeliger, Heiko (to appear). Is a so-called "beach" a beach? An empirically based analysis of secondary content induced by ironic name use. In Daniel Gutzmann & Katharina Turgay (eds.): Secondary content. The linguistics of side issues. Amsterdam: Brill.
  • Seeliger, Heiko & Repp, Sophie (2017). On the intonation of Swedish rejections and rejecting questions. In Jardar Eggesbø Abrahamsen, Wim A. van Dommelen and Jacques Koreman (eds.): Nordic Prosody. Proceedings of the XXIIth Conference, Trondheim 2016. Frankfurt: Peter Lang.
  • Seeliger, Heiko (2015). "Surely that's not a negative declarative question?" Polar discourses in Swedish, German and English. Proceedings of Sinn und Bedeutung 19.

Lectures and conferences

  • Seeliger, Heiko & Repp, Sophie. Intonation of Swedish rejections and rejecting questions. Nordic Prosody XII. Trondheim, August 10th - 12th 2016. [slides]
  • Seeliger, Heiko & Repp, Sophie. Rejections and rejecting questions: Declaratives with clause-initial negation in Swedish. 38. Jahrestagung der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Sprachwissenschaft, AG 5: The Grammatical Realizations of Polarity. Konstanz, February 24th - 26th 2016.
  • Seeliger, Heiko & Repp, Sophie. Swedish rejections and rejecting questions with fronted negation. Linguistic Evidence. Tübingen, February 18th - 20th 2016.
  • Seeliger, Heiko. Two scopes of negation in Swedish declarative questions. Sinn und Bedeutung 19. Göttingen, September 15th - 17th 2014. [slides]

Research areas

  • Semantics/pragmatics: question bias
  • Semantics: high negation in questions
  • Phonology: prosody of non-canonical questions

Research projects