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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).

VedaWeb

VedaWeb 2.0 is the DFG-funded follow-up project of VedaWeb, a Digital Humanities project led by Prof. Dr. Uta Reinöhl in cooperation with other researchers. It aims at creating a web-based, openly accessible and collaborative 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

Zur Sprache kommen

We are organizing an exhibition on linguistic fieldwork and endangered languages in collaboration with the Uniseum. The exhibition will be open from June 13, 2024, to August 25, 2024. For more information please click on this link:
Zur Sprache kommen: Visualising Research on Endangered Languages — Department of General Linguistics (uni-freiburg.de)

Languages Spoken in the Linguistics Department

This map shows the diverse languages spoken by members of the Linguistics Department at the University of Freiburg. 

News

  • Interview with Prof. Dr. Uta Reinöhl in the Badische Zeitung about endangered languages in connection with our exhibition Zur Sprache kommen.  
  • Zur Sprache kommen. We are organizing an exhibition on linguistic fieldwork and endangered languages in collaboration with the Uniseum. The exhibition will be open from June 13, 2024, to August 25, 2024. For more information please click on this link:
    Zur Sprache kommen: Visualising Research on Endangered Languages — Department of General Linguistics (uni-freiburg.de)
  • Workshop: How much is too much? The one-new-idea constraint and related phenomena at the information-intonation interface. The workshop will take place on on Friday, July 12th, more information can be found here.
  • Congratulations to Laura Becker on winning SLE's Coseriu Award for her monograph "Articles in the world's languages"!

  • The HPCL lecture series "Language, Communication & Cognition" continues.
    You can find the lecture dates here.
  • Congratulations to Wifek Bouaziz on winning the alumni award for her M.A. thesis on "Routinisation in Joint Action: (Dis-)Alignment as a coordination resource - Collaborative transcription of a Kera’a shamanic ritual"!
  • New Master's programme: Linguistics: Language, Communication and Cognition
    The new Master's programme Linguistics: Language, Communication and Cognition starts in the winter semester 2023/24. The programme is organised by the linguistics departments in Freiburg. Depending on the choice of the field of study, it is possible to study the programme exclusively in English. You can find further information on the programme and the fields of study here.

Current Publications