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Dr. Franziska Kretzschmar

Institute of German Language and Literature I
Albertus Magnus Platz
University of Cologne
D-50923 Cologne


Visitor address: Luxemburger Str. 299, office number 2.05
Tel: +49 (0)221 470 89910
Fax: +49 (0)221 470 5107
E-Mail: franziska.kretzschmar@uni-koeln.de



Research Interests

  • Psycho-/ Neurolinguistics
  • Language processing, especially sentence comprehension at the syntax-semantics interface
  • Agentivity (Project B7, CRC 1252 Prominence in Language)
  • Reading across the life span
  • Writing systems, typography and their influence on visual word recognition
  • Concurrent EEG-eyetracking and fMRI-eyetracking measures in natural reading


  • Society for the Neurobiology of Language
  • Cologne Center of Language Sciences (CCLS)
  • German Linguistic Society (DGfS)
  • E-READ – Evolution of reading in the age of digitisation (Cost Action IS 1404)



  • Svenja Völkel & Franziska Kretzschmar (under contract/submitted). Introducing Linguistic Research. Cambridge University Press

Edited volume

  • Kretzschmar, F., Brilmayer, I., Alday, P.M., Martine Grice & Roel Willems (in progress) Variability in language predictions: Assessing the influence of speaker, text and experimental method. Frontiers Research Topic.

Journal articles and book chapters

  • Kretzschmar, F. & Alday, P.M. (under review). Principles of statistical analysis: Old and new tools. In: M. Grimaldi, Y. Shtyrov, & E. Brattico (Eds.) Language electrified. Techniques, methods, applications, and future perspectives in the neurophysiological investigation of language. Springer.

  • Kretzschmar, F., Prenner, M.K., Primus, B., & Buncic, D. (under review). Semantic-role prominence is contingent on referent prominence in discourse: Experimental evidence from impersonals and passives in Polish.