Anja Arnhold's website


I am an Assistant Professor at the Department of Linguistics at the University of Alberta (since 2016). For the academic year 2017/2018, I was also the interim co-director of the Centre for Comparative Psycholinguistics. Previously, I was a postdoc at the Department of Linguistics at the University of Konstanz, where I worked in the project BiasQ: Bias in Polar Questions.

I received my PhD from Goethe-University Frankfurt in 2013 and my MA from the University of Potsdam in 2007, both supervised by Caroline Féry.

New publications!

Arnhold, A. (2021). Prosodic focus marking in clefts and syntactically unmarked equivalents: Prosody – syntax trade-off or additive effects? Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 149(3), 1390–1399. doi: 10.1121/10.0003594 [published paper (restricted access)] [accepted version (open access)]

Árnason, Kristján, Anja Arnhold, Ailbhe Ní Chasaide, Nicole Dehé, Amelie Dorn, & Osahito Miyaoka. (2020). The North Atlantic and the Arctic. In C. Gussenhoven & A. Chen (Eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Language Prosody (pp. 303–315). Oxford University Press. [published chapter (restricted access)]


I am an experimental phonologist working on prosody. My research looks at the role of intonation and phrasing in expressing pragmatic distinctions in discourse. A core area of my work is the prosodic marking of information structure and its interaction with other areas of grammar.

I am currently wrapping up two related projects on the role of prosody in the production and perception of cleft sentences in English and Mandarin and getting started with the project "Speech prosody of new vs. shared information in Canadian English", funded by an Insight Development Grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC).

I am also very interested in prosodic typology and have investigated West Greenlandic, Finnish, Yakut (with Lena Vasilyeva and Juhani Järvikivi) and Inuktitut (in an ongoing collaboration with Richard Compton and Emily Elfner).

Also, I am continuing to collaborate with Maribel Romero and Bettina Braun in researching prosodic and morpho-syntactic marking of bias in yes-no questions.

A further ongoing project looks at the role of various cues, including linguistic and extralinguistic aspects of prosody, in pronoun resolution (in collaboration with Juhani Järvikivi).

You can find my published papers here.


I gave a general-public targeted talk on prosody for the Sound Studies Institute lecture series. You can see a recording of it here (on youtube). Thanks again to Scott Smallwood and Tom Merklinger for inviting and hosting me!