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Cologne Center of Language Sciences (CCLS)

Cologne Center of Language Sciences (CCLS)

The Cologne Center of Language Sciences (CCLS) is a joint research centre at the Faculty of Arts and Humanities of the University of Cologne, established in collaboration of all institutes working in the field of linguistics or language-related studies, including the philologies. Our mission is to enhance and facilitate the communication and collaboration of linguists from all domains. With more than 230 members, the CCLS is one of the largest research centres at the University of Cologne and plays a major role in administrational issues concerning the language sciences.

In different settings, we are gathering our members in order to increase cooperation among them and to provide them with possibilities and support for the elaboration of new ideas and projects.

The CCLS especially supports students and junior researchers and assists all linguists in practical matters. No matter if you need an expert on a specific topic or some information about the administrational procedures in Cologne related with your linguistic research, we are always glad to help.

The main aim of our centre is to strengthen the interdisciplinarity within our field and to make room for the implementation of new methods and ideas, in academic teaching and research.



Sinn und Bedeutung 26

Sinn und Bedeutung 26 will be hosted by the Institute of German Language and Literature I and the Cologne Center of Language Sciences at the University of Cologne on 8-10 September 2021, and will either take place in a hybrid format or purely online. 

Invited speakersTeresa Espinal (UA Barcelona), Michael Franke (Osnabrück), Claudia Maienborn (Tübingen), and Floris Roelofsen (Amsterdam).

Organizing Team: Daniel Gutzmann and Sophie Repp

Program Committee: Cornelia Ebert (Frankfurt), Daniel Gutzmann (Cologne), Stefan Hinterwimmer (Wuppertal), Sophie Repp (Cologne), Petra Schumacher (Cologne), Thomas Ede Zimmermann (Frankfurt)

Find the full program here.

Registration for SuB will be free and start on 1 September. More information on how to register will be given at the end of August.

Formal Diachronic Semantics (FoDS) 6

Formal Diachronic Semantics (FoDS) is a venue dedicated to work in semantic change carried out within the paradigm of formal semantics/pragmatics. The 6th FoDS will be hosted by the Institute for German Language and Literature I – Linguistics at the University of Cologne, on September 6-7 2021.

Invited senior speakers (confirmed):

Invited student speaker (confirmed):

Deep Learning for Language Analysis

Virtual summer school | Aug 30 – Sep 3, 2021

The summer school addresses students and doctoral candidates from Linguistics and Digital Humanities, as well as other fields that are involved with the application of machine learning techniques. Participants can choose between two alternative tracks:

  • Deep Learning with Audio & Speech Data, given by Paul Wallbott (Fraunhofer IAIS)
  • Text Analysis with Deep Learning, given by Nils Reiter (UoC)

You can apply by July 19, 2021.

LingCologne2021 Multilingualism

The full program of keynote speakers and posters at LingCologne2021 has been published. Registration for the conference is free of charge and open until 30 May.

Foto: Fabian Stürtz

Spring School

Cultural identities and language maintenance: Comparing Hispanic and Iranian communities in the US and in Germany

April 01 - April 26, 2021

Organized & hosted by Prof. Aria Adli & Prof. Dr. Katajun Amirpur from the University of Cologne.

Participants will gain experience through highly participatory projects at the interface between Diversity Studies and Sociolinguistics, be trained in and employ methods of linguistic fieldwork and will explore the lively art, media and museum culture Cologne has to offer in guided excursions. Learn more about the summer school.

International Linguistic Spring School

Multilingualism in educational contexts: Evidence from research outcomes

Online virtual meeting, March 23-24, 2021

The University of Cologne and the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki have teamed up to offer advanced BA and MA students a spring school that will address applied linguistic research in educational contexts. Find the announcement here.

If you wish to participate in the event please send an email to Natalia Nannou to express your interest and receive the Zoom link.

Germanistische Linguistik zwischen Köln und Tokio

Vom Ereignis zum Diskurs

Vom 22.-23. Februar 2021 findet der 6. Internationale Workshop der Reihe Germanistische Linguistik zwischen Köln und Tokio (GAKT) an der Universität zu Köln (online) statt. Der Doktorand:innen-Workshop wird in Kooperation mit der Universität Tokio (Lehrstuhl Prof. Dr. Yoshiki Mori) veranstaltet. Er wird vom Institut für deutsche Sprache und Literatur I, Abteilung Sprachwissenschaft der Universität zu Köln sowie dem SFB 1252 organisiert. Unter dem diesjährigen Titel Vom Ereignis zum Diskurs stellen Doktorand:innen der Universität Tokio und der Universität zu Köln aktuelle Forschungsarbeiten aus der Germanistischen und Allgemeinen Sprachwissenschaft vor. Diese werden jeweils durch einen Kommentar von erfahrenen Wissenschaftler:innen ergänzt. Dadurch soll ein diskursives Format mit intensivem wissenschaftlichen Austausch geschaffen werden, das den Referent:innen Anstöße zur Weiterentwicklung Ihrer Arbeiten bietet. Bei Fragen kontaktieren Sie bitte die Organisatorin Semra Kizilkaya.

International Workshop "Prominent Inferences"

September 17-18, 2020

The International Workshop Prominent Inferences takes place online via Zoom, September 17-18 2020, in the framework of the series Workshops on Referential Expressions in Discourse (RED). It is organized by Jet Hoek (University of Cologne) and Klaus von Heusinger (University of Cologne).

Foto: Daimler und Benz Stiftung

Adverbialsätze als nicht-kanonische Adjunkte

Was Nebensätze über Sprachentwicklung verraten

Dr. Łukasz Jędrzejowski vom Institut für deutsche Sprache und Literatur I der Universität zu Köln untersucht die Rolle von Nebensätzen in der deutschen Sprachgeschichte und leitet deren Relevanz für den Bildungsbereich ab. Auch für die Entwicklung automatischer Sprachverarbeitung und Übersetzungsprogramme sind die Forschungsergebnisse wichtig. Gefördert wird dieses Projekt von der Daimler und Benz Stiftung.

Lesen Sie hier die Presseinformation.

Research in Cologne

Vorgestellt: Sociolinguistic Lab

Vorgestellt: Sociolinguistic Lab

The Sociolinguistic Lab is one of the three linguistic labs at our university and the only one of its kind in Germany.

Since 2014 the priority programme 1727 - New pragmatic evidence based on experimential evidence is working on new experimentally-based pragmatic theories.
CRC 1252 Prominence in Language

CRC 1252 Prominence in Language

More than 60 members are currently affiliated to CRC programme 1252 Prominence in Language (DFG).