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Research Topics


  • Reference
  • Information structure
  • Discourse processes
  • Syntax-semantics interface
  • Experimental pragmatics
  • Speaker-hearer interaction
  • Psycholinguistics
  • Speech disorders




Current Research Projects

                         Video on the Priority Program



Supervised Doctoral Projects

  • Yu-Chen Hung (2011, Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz): Topic matters - impact of information structure on referential processing: Evidence from Chinese and German
  • Stefanie Reitz (2013, Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz): Context-dependent interpretation of the conjunction 'und' in different age-groups
  • Hanna Weiland (2014, Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz): Experimental research into non-literal language: ERP studies on metaphors and metonymies
  • Janina Kalbertodt (2019, Universität zu Köln): Right dislocation and afterthought in German - Investigations on mulitple levels
  • Florian Bogner (2020, Universität zu Köln): The morphosyntactic parser – Developing and testing a sentence prrocessor that uses underspecified morphosyntactic features
  • Lena Straßburger (2020, Universität zu Köln): It's a matter of life and death: Incongruity in humor and horror
  • Caterina Ventura (2020, Universität zu Köln): Production, perception and online processing of prominence in the post-focal domain
  • Christina Rath (Universität zu Köln): Developing second language pragmatics: Internal and external modification and complaints
  • Manuel Dangl (Universität zu Köln): Syntax-Diskurs Schnittstelle im gestörten Sprachverstehe
  • Melanie Fuchs (Universität zu Köln): Demonstrative pronouns and attention orienting
  • Paul Compensis (Universität zu Köln): Processing and representation of clitic doubling and scrambling
  • Ilka Huesmann (Universität zu Köln): Sprachverfall oder neues Sprachregister in den digitalen Medien? - Vergleichende Analyse der Interpunktion in Texten von Studienanfängerinnen und Studienanfängern
  • Rebekka Wanka (Universität zu Köln): Numerusmarkierung im Spracherwerb