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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


  • This winter semester, we launch the new Linguistic Newsletter Freiburg with weekly lecture announcements etc.
    You can find all information on subscription and lecture announcements here.
  • We are happy to announce the publication of Dr. Laura Becker's book "Articles in the World's Languages" at De Gruyter!


  • The lecture series "Language & Communication" will be continued in the winter semester 2021/22.
    You can find all dates and talks here.
  • We have a new page with useful links and tips for students of our master program.
    You can find institutions for internships, workshops, summer/winter schools, and lecture series there. Here you can find information about studying abroad and exchange programs.
  • Since May 2020, the University of Freiburg has a Chair of General Linguistics, filled by Prof. Dr. Uta Reinöhl.
    In the course of the summer semester 2021, the Chair will take over the coordination of the M.A. program Linguistik/Linguistics.
  • Call for Papers: Emerging Topics in Typology 2021
    A group of PhD candidates from various universities including Freiburg University have created an online showcase event for current PhD students in typology and descriptive linguistics. Further information including the call for papers can be found here.
  • Access to the department's library is possible again, but only after registration via e-mail to verwaltung(at)
    Access for university members only. Maximum 5 visitors at the same time. Every visitor is required to fill in a data sheet that will be stored for 4 weeks.
  • Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all courses will be held online this semester.
    For any further information you may consult the official university guidelines.
  • The Department of Linguistics now has its own Facebook page.

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