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Prof. Dr. Petra Schumacher


Professor of German Linguistics / Empirical Linguistics

Institute for German Language and Literature I 

D-50923 Köln

Office: Philosophikum, room 2.124
Phone: +49 - 221 - 470 - 2696
Fax:    +49 -  221 - 470 - 5107
Email: petra.schumacher @



Recent Publications


von Heusinger, Klaus & Petra B. Schumacher. (2019). Discourse Prominence: Definition and Application. Journal of Pragmatics, 154, 117-127.

Schumacher, Petra. B. (2019). Metonymy. In: Chris Cummins & Napoleon Katsos. (Eds.) The Oxford Handbook of Experimental Semantics and Pragmatics. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 316-330.

Schumacher, Petra B. (2018). Experimentelle Pragmatik. In: Frank Liedtke & Astrid Tuchen. (Eds.). Handbuch Pragmatik. Stuttgart: J.B. Metzler, 113-121.

Schumacher, Petra. B. (2018). On Type Composition and AgentivityTheoretical Linguistics, 44, 1-2, 81-91.

Schumacher, Petra B., Leah Roberts & Juhani Järvikivi. (2017). Agentivity Drives Real-Time Pronoun Resolution: Evidence From German "er" and "der". Lingua, 185, 25-41.  

Weiland-Breckle, Hanna & Petra B. Schumacher. (2017). Artist-for-Work Metonymy: Type Clash or Underspecification? Mental Lexicon, 12, 2, 219-233.


Main Research Topics


Experimental pragmatics

Information structure





Research Projects


Speaker of SPP 1727 "" (with Uli Sauerland, ZAS)

Project within the SPP 1727 "Processing speaker's meaning: Epistemic state, cooperation and commitment" 

Momentum Project "Communication electrified - towards a natural investigation of real-time language processing"


Project within SFB 1252 "Forward and backward functions of discourse anaphora"  

Project within SFB 1252 "Intonation and attention orienting: Neurophysiological and behavioral correlates" (with Martine Grice)




Office Hours


Student requests to

I will be on maternity leave till October 2020 and won't give any exams until then. Arndt Riester will serve as my proxy.

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Experimental Linguistics in Cologne