Short CV/Education and training

  • 1992 – 1998
    Studied English and business in Mannheim, Germany

  • 1998 – 2004
    PhD in linguistics from Yale University, New Haven, CT, USA

  • 2004 – 2005
    Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Leipzig, Germany

  • 2005 – 2008
    Marburg University, Germany

  • 2008
    Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, Nijmegen, Netherlands

  • 2008 – 2016
    Director of the Emmy Noether junior research group at Mainz University, Germany

  • 2012 – 2013
    Visiting Professor "Sprachwissenschaft des Deutschen" (German linguistics), University of Cologne, Germany

  • since 2014
    Professor "Sprachwissenschaft des Deutschen" (German linguistics/Empirical linguistics), University of Cologne, Germany

Selected publications

  • Burkhardt, P., Schumacher, P.: The Syntax-Discourse Interface: Representing and Interpreting Dependency. Linguistik Aktuell 80. Amsterdam/Philadelphia: John Benjamins 2005.

  • Burkhardt, P, Schumacher, P.: Inferential Bridging Relations Reveal Distinct Neural Mechanisms: Evidence from Event-Related Brain Potentials. In: Brain and Language 98(2), 2006. S. 159-168.

  • Burkhardt, P., Schumacher, P.: The P600 Reflects Cost of New Information in Discourse Memory. In: Neuroreport 18(17), 2007. S. 1851-1854.

  • Burkhardt, P. et al.: Slower-Than-Normal Syntactic Processing in Agrammatic Broca's Aphasia: Evidence From Dutch. In: Journal of Neurolinguistics 21(2), 2008. S. 120-137.

  • Burkhardt, P. et al.: The Role of the Left Anterior Hemisphere in Real-Time Sentence Comprehension: Evidence from Split Intransitivity. In: Brain and Language 86, 2003. S. 9-22.

  • Schumacher, P. B., Baumann, S.: Pitch Accent Type Affects the N400 During Referential Processing. In: NeuroReport 21(9), 2010. S. 618-622.

  • Schumacher, P. B., Hung, Y.-C.: Positional Influences on Information Packaging: Insights from Topological Fields in German. In: Journal of Memory and Language, 67, 2, 2012, S. 295-310.

  • Schumacher, P. B.: The hepatitis called ... : Electrophysiological Evidence for Enriched Composition. In J. Meibauer & M. Steinbach. (Eds.) Experimental Pragmatics/Semantics. Amsterdam/Philadelphia: John Benjamins 2011. S. 199-219.

  • Wang, L., Schumacher, P. B.: New is Not Always Costly: Evidence from Online Processing of Topic and Contrast in Japanese. In: Frontiers in Psychology. 4, 2013, S.363. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2013.00363.

  • Schumacher, P. B., Jana Backhaus & Manuel Dangl: Backward- and Forward-Looking Potential of Anaphors. In: Frontiers in Psychology, 6, 2015, S. 1746. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2015.01746.

Complete list of publications

Selected projects

  • " New pragmatic theories based on experimental evidence" – DFG-Schwerpunktprogramm SPP 1727, Instigator & coordinator (with Uli Sauerland, ZAS), since 2014

  • "Forward and backward functions of discourse anaphora" – Project in the DFG Sonderforschungsbereich SFB 1252 "Prominence in Language", since 2017

  • "Intonation and attention orienting: Neurophysiological and behavioral correlates" – Project in the DFG Sonderforschungsbereich SFB 1252 "Prominence in Language" (with Martine Grice), since 2017

  • "Experimental pragmatics: linguistic enrichment processes from a theoretical, typological and psycholinguistic/neurolinguistic perspective" – Pro Humanities and Social Sciences at Mainz University, Germany: PhD student group, 2009 – 2012

  • "The aging brain: The neurophysiology of linguistic processes" – Thematic emphasis of the Interdisciplinary Research Concentration in Neuroscience (IFSN) at Mainz University, 2008 – 2010

  • "Information structure and neurocognitive bases: Inferences and word-order variations" – Emmy Noether junior research group, 2008 – 2016

  • "Referentialisation of determiner phrases in discourse" – German Research Foundation (DFG) research project, 2006 – 2008

  • "Pronominal interpretation and the syntax/discourse interface: An ERP study" – National Science Foundation (NSF), Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grant, 2003

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Member of the steering committee of the Gutenberg Research College, Mainz University, Germany

  • Chairperson of the ethics commission of the German Linguistics Society ("Deutsche Gesellschaft für Sprachwissenschaft") DGfS


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