PD Dr. Gerrit Kentner





Academic Education

07/2018Venia Legendi, General Linguistics, Johann Wolfgang Goethe-Universität, Frankfurt am Main, Germany
2011PhD,  General Linguistics, Johann Wolfgang Goethe-Universität, Frankfurt am Main, Germany
2004-2005Linguistics and Human Communication Sciences Studies, University of Newcastle upon Tyne, UK
2001-2006General Linguistics and Patholinguistics Studies, Universität Potsdam, Germany

Professional Experience

since 04/2018Researcher at the  Max Planck Institut for Empirical Aesthetics, Frankfurt am Main, Germany
10/2009-03/2018Researcher at the Institute for Linguistics, Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main, Germany
06/2006-09/2009Researcher at the  Department Linguistics, Universität Potsdam, Germany
10/2004-08/2005Scholarship at the Institute of Neuroscience (Auditory Group), University of Newcastle upon Tyne, UK


Articles (in peer-reviewed journals)

Kentner, G., & Franz, I. (2019). No evidence for prosodic effects on the syntactic encoding of complement clauses in German. Glossa: a journal of general linguistics, 4 (1), 18, 1–29.   doi:10.5334/gjgl.565

Kentner, G. (2017). On the emergence of reduplication in German morphophonology. Zeitschrift für Sprachwissenschaft, 36 (2), 233–277. doi:10.1515/zfs-2017-0010

Kentner, G. (2017). Rhythmic parsing. Linguistic Review, 34 (1), 123-155. doi:10.1515/tlr-2016-0005

Kentner, G., & Vasishth, S. (2016). Prosodic Focus Marking in Silent Reading: Effects of Discourse Context and Rhythm. Frontiers in Psychology, 7. doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2016.00319

Fery, C., Pandey, P., & Kentner, G. (2016). The prosody of Focus and Givenness in Hindi and Indian English. Studies in Language, 40 (2), 302–339. doi:10.1075/sl.40.2.02fer

McCurdy, K., Kentner, G., & Vasishth, S. (2013). Implicit prosody and contextual bias in silent reading. Journal of Eye Movement Research, 6 (2). doi:10.16910/jemr.6.2.4

Kentner, G., & Fery, C. (2013). A new approach to prosodic grouping. Linguistic Review, 30 (2), 277–311. doi:10.1515/tlr-2013-0009

Kentner, G. (2012). Linguistic rhythm guides parsing decisions in written sentence comprehension. Cognition, 123 (1), 1–20. doi:10.1016/j.cognition.2011.11.012

Patil, U., Kentner, G., Gollrad, A., Kügler, F., Féry, C., & Vasishth, S. (2008). Focus, word order and intonation in Hindi. Journal of South Asian Linguistics, 1 (1), 55–72.

Book Chapters

Kentner, G. (2018). Schwa optionality and the prosodic shape of words and phrases. In C. Ulbrich, A. Werth, & R. Wiese (Eds.), Empirical Approaches to the Phonological Structure of Words. Berlin, Boston: De Gruyter Mouton.

Kentner, G. (2015). Stress clash hampers processing of noncanonical structures in reading. In R. Vogel & R. Vijver (Eds.), Rhythm in Cognition and Grammar, A Germanic Perspective (pp. 111-135). Berlin, Boston: De Gruyter Mouton.

Kentner, G. (2011). Rhythmus-Syntax-Interaktion beim Lesen. In S. Hanne, T. Fritzsche, S. Ott, & A. Adelt (Eds.), Spektrum Patholinguistik = Schwerpunktthema: Lesen lernen: Diagnostik und Therapie bei Störungen des Leseerwerbs

Kentner, G., Féry, C., & Alter, K. (2008). Prosody in Speech Production and Perception: The Case of Right Node Raising in English. In A. Steube (Ed.), The Discourse Potential of Underspecified Structures (pp. 207–226). Berlin, Boston: De Gruyter.


Kentner, G. and Steinhauer, K. (2016). Prosody in written language - acquisition, processing, emergence of norms. Research Topic in Frontiers in Language Sciences.


Kentner, G. (2017). Phonologische Identität und ihre Vermeidung. Unveröffentlichte Habilitationsschrift, Goethe-Universität Frankfurt.

Kentner, G. (2012). Lingusitic rhyhtm and sentence comprehension in reading. Dissertation, Goethe-Universität Frankfurt.


Kentner, G. (2018). Jan Michalsky. 2017. Frageintonation im Deutschen. Zur intonatorischen Markierung von Interrogativität und Fragehaltigkeit (Linguistische Arbeiten 566). Berlin: De Gruyter. 339 S. Zeitschrift für Rezensionen zur germanistischen Sprachwissenschaft. Advance online publication. doi:10.1515/zrs-2018-0019

Short Writings

Kentner, G. (2015). Rhythmic segmentation in auditory illusions - evidence from cross-linguistic mondegreens. Proceedings of 18th ICPhS, Glasgow.

Kentner, G. (2015). Problems of prosodic parallelism: A reply to Wiese and Speyer (2015). Linguistics, 53(5), 1233–1241. doi:10.1515/ling-2015-0029

Kentner, G. (2011). Kurzrezension von Christina Noack: Phonologie. Linguistische Berichte 226.

Féry, C., & Kentner, G. (2010). The prosody of embedded coordinations in German and Hindi. Paper presented at the Speech Prosody 2010-Fifth International Conference, Chicago.

Kentner, G. (2007). Prosodic phrasing in elliptic and non-elliptic coordinations. Paper presented at the Proceedings of the XVI. International Congress of Phonetic Sciences. Saarbrücken.

Kentner, G. (2007). Length, ordering preference and intonational phrasing: Evidence from pauses. Paper presented at the Eighth Annual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association, Antwerp

Awards & Grants

2013-2016Scholarship career development for Postdocs, Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main, Germany
2004-2005Scholarship at the Institute of Neuroscience (Auditory Group), University of Newcastle upon Tyne, UK


  • The prosodic syntax of German

    Prosody undisputedly affects the choice of syntactic constructions and the order of constituents within a sentence. However, for German, neither theories of grammar nor models of language production consider prosodic influences on sentence ...