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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

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Betreute Dissertationsprojekte

  • 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

  • Melanie Fuchs (2021, Universität zu Köln): Interpretation and shift functions of emonstrative pronouns  

  • Paul Compensis (2022, Universität zu Köln): Processing and representation of clitic doubling and scrambling 

  • Christina Rath (2024, Universität zu Köln): The grammar-pagmatics interface in learners of German: Insights into the acquisition of speech act modification

  • Rebekka Wanka (Universität zu Köln): Numerusmarkierung im Spracherwerb

  • Maria Lialiou (Universität zu Köln): The processing of rises and falls

  • Magdalena Repp (Universität zu Köln): Interplay of prominence-lending cues and referential expressions in narrative texts

  • Guendalina Reul (Universität zu Köln): The conventionalization process of ad hoc metonymies in naturalistic discourse contexts