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Emmy-Noether-Research Group

The Emmy-Noether Research Group on Non-Hierarchicality in Grammar (NonGram) examines the formation of syntactic structures in constructions without a formal word-class distinction from a typological perspective; the languages studied are Waima'a (Austronesian), Kera'a (Sino-Tibetan), Warlpiri (Pama-Nyunga) and Vedic Sanskrit (Indo-European).

CRC project on Diachrony of Predication in Old Indo-Aryan

Project B03 of the Collaborative Research Centre (CRC) 1252 on Prominence in Language, located at the University of Cologne, is led by Prof. Dr. Uta Reinöhl and Prof. Dr. Gerrit Dimmendaal and explores how in the history of Indo-Aryan infinite participial forms developed into main clause predicates. Image: Vedic Prose and a Pillar of Aśoka, © by Simon Fries


VedaWeb is a DFG-funded Digital Humanities project located at the University of Cologne and led by Prof. Dr. Uta Reinöhl in cooperation with other researchers. It aims at creating a web-based, openly accessible platform for linguistic research on Old Indo-Aryan texts.

Fieldwork on Kera'a

Within the scope of the Emmy-Noether Research Group on Non-Hierarchicality in GrammarNaomi Peck and Prof. Dr. Reinöhl study Kera'a, a Trans-Himalayan language located in the North-East of the Indian State of Arunachal Pradesh, spoken by about 10,000 Idu Mishmi.

Fieldwork on Waima'a

Within the scope of the Emmy-Noether Research Group on Non-Hierarchicality in Grammar, Kirsten Culhane explores the prosody of Waima'a, an Austronesian language spoken by about 18,000 people in East Timor, an island country located in the Indonesian archipelago.

PhD Project on Warlpiri

Within the scope of her PhD project tied to the Emmy-Noether Research Group on Non-Hierarchicality in Grammar, Maria Vollmer studies Warlpiri, a Pama-Nyungan language spoken by about 2'300 people in the Australian Northern Territory. She is especially interested in how language change and language contact reflect in morphosyntax. Image: Papunya/Warumpi, © by James Gray


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  • Uta Reinöhl has been appointed as the new Chair of Linguistics.

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