Short CV/Education and training

  • 1953
    Born in Brussels, Belgium

  • 1971 – 1976
    Studied German and English philology in Brussels at the Université libre de Bruxelles, Belgium; graduated with the Licence degree

  • 1976 – 1978
    Graduate studies in neurolinguistics at Vrije Universiteit in Brussels; graduated with the Speciale Licentie degree

  • 1978 – 1979
    Staff researcher at Vrije Universiteit in Brussels (under Prof. Y. Lebrun)

  • 1982 – 1989
    Worked on the project "Focus projection and intonation" (project head: Prof. von Stechow), University of Konstanz, Germany

  • 1989
    Doctorate at the University of Konstanz: Prosodic and Tonal Structure of Standard German. Summa cum laude

  • 1989 – 1990
    Visiting scholar and consultant in the Linguistics Department at the University of Massachusetts, USA

  • 1990 – 1992
    Held an assistantship under Prof. Drubig in Tübingen, Germany

  • 1991
    Award from the City of Constance for the advancement of young academics at the University of Konstanz

  • 1992 – 1998
    Adjunct at the University of Tübingen

  • 1996
    Habilitation (postdoctoral qualification) at the University of Tübingen

  • 1998 – 1999
    University lecturer at the Department of Linguistics at the University of Tübingen

  • 1999 – 2010
    C3 professorship in theories of grammar with a research focus on phonology at the University of Potsdam, Germany

  • 2003 – 2010
    Spokesperson for the Collaborative Research Centre (SFB) "Information Structure", funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG); head of various projects associated with the SFB.

  • 2009
    Guest professor of the Japanese Society for German Studies

  • Since 2010
    W3 professor of linguistics and phonology at Goethe University Frankfurt, Germany

  • 2013
    Visiting professor at the University of Potsdam

Selected publications

  • Féry, Caroline (1993) German intonational patterns. Niemeyer, Tübingen (= Linguistische Arbeiten 285).

  • Féry, Caroline (1998) German Word Stress in Optimality Theory. Journal of Comparative Germanic Linguistics 2.2. 101-142.

  • Féry, Caroline & Vieri Samek-Lodovici (2006) Focus projection and prosodic prominence in nested foci. Language 82.1. 131-150.

  • Féry, Caroline (2008) Information structural notions and the fallacy of invariant grammatical correlates. Acta Linguistica Hungarica 55.3-4. 361-380.

  • Féry, Caroline (2009) Syntax, Information Structure, Embedded Prosodic Phrasing and the Relational Scaling of Pitch Accents. In: The sound of Syntax. Erteschick-Shir, Nomi & Lisa Rochman (eds.) Oxford University Press. 271-290.

  • Féry, Caroline & Shinichiro Ishihara (2009) The Phonology of second occurrence focus. Journal of Linguistics 45.2. 285-313.

  • Féry, Caroline & Frank Kügler (2008) Pitch accent scaling on given, new and focused constituents in German. Journal of Phonetics 36. 680-703.

  • Féry, Caroline, Stavros Skopeteas & Robin Hörnig (2010) Cross-linguistic comparison of prosody, syntax and information structure in a production experiment on localizing expressions. Transactions of the Philological Society 108:3. 329-351.

  • Féry, Caroline (2011) German sentence accents and embedded prosodic phrases. Lingua 121. 1906-1922.

  • Féry, Caroline (2011) Prosody and information structure of the German particles selbst, wieder and auch. In: Borowsky, Toni, Shigeto Kawahara, Takahito Shinya & Mariko Sugahara (eds.) Prosody Matters: Essays in Honor of Elisabeth O. Selkirk. London: Equinox Press. 441-468.

  • Féry, Caroline (2013) Focus as prosodic alignment. Natural Language and Linguistic Theory 31.3. 683-734.

    DOI: 10.1007/s11049-013-9195-7.

Selected projects

  • Head of 2 projects in the German Research Foundation (DFG) Research Unit "Relative clauses":

    NRR – Semantic, pragmatic and prosodic aspects of non-restrictive relative clauses (with Henning Reetz)

    RPR – Investigations of the prosody of restrictive and non-restrictive relative clauses (with Thomas Ede Zimmermann), 2011-2014

  • Head of the project 'Prosody in parsing' in the DFG Priority Programme 1234: Phonological and phonetic competence: between grammar, signal processing, and neural activity, 2007-2012

  • DFG project "Syntactic and prosodic characteristics of split nominal and prepositional phrases" (with Gisbert Fanselow) 2001-2010

  • Founding spokesperson for SFB 632 "Information structure", University of Potsdam, Germany, 2003-2010, head of two projects until 2010.


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