Nicole Dehé, Research

Research profile (keywords):
Prosody, syntax, syntax-prosody interface, prosody-discourse interface, intonation, especially Icelandic prosody and intonation

Uni Konstanz
My current research focuses on Icelandic intonation and the syntax-prosody interface in Icelandic, the syntax and prosody of North American Icelandic ('heritage Icelandic'), and the prosody of rhetorical questions (and related utterance types; currently in German, English and Icelandic).

Together with Bettina Braun, I am chair of the Phonetics and Phonology Lab (PhonLab) at the University of Konstanz.

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Current funded research project:
  • The production and perception of rhetorical questions in German.
    DFG Research Unit FOR 2111, P6
    Funding period; 1 Apr 2016 - 31 Mar 2019
    Principal Investigators: Bettina Braun and Nicole Dehé
    Research staff: Jana Neitsch, Daniela Wochner, Katharina Zahner

    Project description: 
    • Rhetorical questions are an interesting linguistic phenomenon that provides valuable information about the interaction of different linguistic levels. Previous literature has mainly been concerned with lexical markers of rhetoricity (e.g. particles, negation, polarity items). One important marker of rhetoricity that has as yet hardly been investigated systematically is the prosodic realization of rhetorical questions. The present project aims at closing this gap. It investigates how interrogative clauses that are syntactically and lexically ambiguous in terms of their illocution (rhetorical question vs. information-seeking  questions; e.g. G: Wer war denn noch nicht in Berlin?, E: Who has not been to Berlin?) are prosodically realized in German and how such lexically and syntactically ambiguous interrogative clauses are interpreted. 

Current PhD students:
  • Daniela Wochner, University of Konstanz (main supervisor); Rhetorische Fragen an der Schnittstelle zwischen Prosodie und Pragmatik
  • Jana Neitsch, University of Konstanz (second supervisor); Produktion und Perzeption: Eine Untersuchung rhetorischer Fragen im Deutschen
  • Sophie Egger, University of Konstanz (second supervisor); The prosody of biased questions
  • Ingunn Hreinberg Indriðadóttir, University of Iceland (member of the PhD committee); Word order and weight effects in Icelandic

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last update by Nicole Dehé: 13 March 2018