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 07/2021Visiting Researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Empirical Aesthetics, Frankfurt am Main, Germany
04/2018–06/2021Researcher at the  Max Planck Institute for Empirical Aesthetics, Frankfurt am Main, Germany
10/2009–03/2018Researcher at the Institute for Linguistics, Johann Wolfgang 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


Franz, I., Knoop, C. A., Kentner, G., Rothbart, S., Kegel, V., Vasilieva, J., Methner, S., Scharinger, M., & Menninghaus, W. (2022). Prosodic Phrasing and Syllable Prominence in Spoken Prose. A Validated Coding Manual. OSF Preprints.doi:10.31219/osf.io/h4sd5 

Articles (in peer-reviewed journals)

Franz, I., Kentner, G., & Domahs, F. (2021). The impact of animacy and speech rhythm on the word order of conjuncts in German preschoolers and adults. Laboratory Phonology: Journal of the Association for Laboratory Phonology, 12(1), Article 12. doi:10.5334/labphon.254 

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., & Kremers, J. (Eds.). (2020). Prosody in Syntactic Encoding. 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

Franz, I., Bader, M., Domahs, F., & Kentner, G. (2020). Influences of rhythm on word order in German. In 10th International Conference on Speech Prosody (pp. 385-388).

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 ...