Dr. Karen Henrich




Academic Education

04/2015Dr. phil Linguistics, Philipps-Universität Marburg, Germany
04/2011Master of Arts (M.A.) Germanic Linguistics, Philipps-Universität Marburg, Germany
2008–2011Germanic Linguistic Studies, Philipps-Universität Marburg, Germany
07/2008Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), Linguistics, Universität Konstanz, Germany
2005–2008Linguistic Studies, Universität Konstanz, Germany

Professional Experience

Since 11/2015Senior Research Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Empirical Aesthetics, Frankfurt am Main, Germany
05/2013–10/2015Research Fellow in the LOEWE research focus „Exploring Fundamental Linguistic Categories“, research project „The Phonological Word: Constituents of the Phonological Word”, Research centre Deutscher Sprachatlas, Philipps-Universität Marburg, Germany
04/2011–05/2013Research Fellow in the German Research Foundation (DFG) Priority Programme 1234: Phonological and phonetic competence, research project „Word stress: rules and representations“, Philipps-Universität Marburg, Germany


Journal Articles 

Henrich, K., & Scharinger, M. (2022). Predictive Processing in Poetic Language: Event-Related Potentials Data on Rhythmic Omissions in Metered Speech. Frontiers in Psychology,12, Article 782765. doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2021.782765.

Werth, A., Rocholl, M. J., Henrich, K., Lanwermeyer, M., Schnell, H. T., Domahs, U., Herrgen, J., & Schmidt, J. E. (2018). The Interaction of vowel quantity and tonal cues in Cognitive processing: An MMN-study concerning dialectal and standard varieties. In C. Ulbrich, A. Werth, & R. Wiese (Eds.), Empirical approaches to the phonological structure of words (Linguistische Arbeiten 567) (pp. 183-211). Berlin: Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG.

Kandylaki, K. D., Henrich, K., Nagels, A., Kircher, T., Domahs, U., Schlesewsky, M., Bornkessel-Schlesewsky, I., & Wiese, R. (2017). Where Is the Beat? The Neural Correlates of Lexical Stress and Rhythmical Well-formedness in Auditory Story Comprehension. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 29 (7), 1119-1131.  doi:10.1162/jocn_a_01122

Lanwermeyer, M., Henrich, K., Rocholl, M. J., Schnell, H. T., Werth, A., Herrgen, J., & Schmidt, J. E. (2016). Dialect Variation Influences the Phonological and Lexical-Semantic Word Processing in Sentences. Electrophysiological Evidence from a Cross-Dialectal Comprehension Study. Frontiers in Psychology, 7:739.  doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2016.00739

Henrich, K., Wiese, R. & Domahs, U. (2015). How information structure influences the processing of rhythmic irregularities: ERP evidence from German phrases. Neuropsychologia75, 431–440.  doi:10.1016/j.neuropsychologia.2015.06.028

Henrich, K., Wiese, R. & Domahs, U. (2015). The influence of syllable number and task-related attention on the perception of rhythmic irregularities: an ERP study on German compounds. Proceedings of the 18th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences (ICPhS 18), Glasgow.

Kandylaki, K.D., Henrich, K., Nagels, A., Kircher, T., Domahs, U. & Wiese, R. (2014). Processing linguistic rhythm in natural stories: an fMRI study. Proceedings of the 12th Biannual Conference of the German Cognitive Science Society, Cognitive Processing 15 (1), 114–115.

Henrich, K., Alter, K., Wiese, R. & Domahs, U. (2014).The relevance of rhythmical alternation in language processing: an ERP study on English compounds. Brain and Language136, 19–30.  doi:10.1016/j.bandl.2014.07.003

Bohn, K., Knaus, J., Wiese, R. & Domahs, U. (2013). The influence of rhythmic (ir)regularities on speech processing: evidence from an ERP study on German phrases. Neuropsychologia 51 (4), 760–771.  doi:10.1016/j.neuropsychologia.2013.01.006

Bohn, K., Wiese, R. & Domahs, U. (2011). The status of the rhythm rule within and across word boundaries in German. Proceedings of the 17th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences (ICPhS 17), Hong Kong.



  • Prose Rhythm

    Latin rhetoric considered the artistic treatment of linguistic rhythm as a potent rhetorical feature not only of verse, but also of literary, philosophical and oratorical prose. However, it failed to push the analysis of prose rhythm beyond ...