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Caterina Ventura

Department of German language and literature I
SFB 1252 Prominence in Language

Office: Luxemburger Str. 299, 3.10
Phone: +49 (0)221 470-89914


Research interests

  • Phonetics and Phonology
  • Prosody and neurocognitive language processing


  • since June 2017 PhD student in a.r.t.e.s. Integrated Track (Class 8)
  • since April 2017 scientific associate of the Institut für deutsche Sprache und Literatur I (Team Prof. Dr. Petra B. Schuhmacher) of the University of Cologne. Employed in Project A01 - Intonation and Attention Orienting: Neurophysiological and behavioural correlates in the SFB 1252 Prominence in Language.
  • from 10/2014 to 03/2017 MA in Italian studies and linguistics at the University of Bologna.
  • form 09/2011 to 11/2014 BA in Italian literature and linguistics at the University of Bologna.



  • Ventura, Caterina, Martine Grice, Michelina Savino, Diana Kolev, Ingmar Brilmayer & Petra B. Schumacher. (2020). Attention Allocation in a Language with Post-Focal Prominences. NeuroReport.


  • Prosodic marking of information status: an exploratory study on L1 Italian and L2 German (with Simona Sbranna, Aviad Albert and Martine Grice), “Workshop: Trends in pedagogical transmission of prosody TiPToP”, Universität Konstanz, June 24, 2020- June 25, 2020.
  • Perceptual evaluation of post-focal prominences in Italian by L1 and L2 naïve listeners (with Petra B. Schumacher, Martine Grice and Michelina Savino), “3rd Phonetics and Phonology in Europe conference”, University of Lecce, June 17, 2019 – June 19, 2019.
  • Task determines differential prosodic marking of focus in Italian (Postervortrag with Petra B. Schumacher, Martine Grice and Michelina Savino), “Second International Conference Prominence in Language”, Universität zu Köln, 11.-13. Juli 2018.