News Archive

ZAS-Seiten Nr. 3, April 2014

Our newsletter in German with the programme of the Long Night of the Sciences on the 10th of May, a review of the ZAS event 'Das mehrsprachige Klassenzimmer: Wie viel Deutsch braucht ein Berliner Schulkind?' and more news from other ZAS projects.

Vom Können, Mögen, Müssen

Die Bayerische Staatsoper in München widmet sich in ihrem Magazin Max Joseph der Interpretation von Nietzsche-Zitaten. Unter dem Titel Wie ich wurde, was ich bin dachte sie über die fünfzigjährige Geschichte nach ihrem Wiederaufbau nach. Die gegenwärtige Ausgabe steht unter dem Motto Weil ich doch muss. In ihr reflektiert Manfred Krifka über Modalverben und Kunst -- was ja bekanntlich von Können kommt.

ZAS-Seiten Nr. 2, January 2014

Our newsletter in German with informations about the second funding period by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung /BMBF), with details about the ZAS event 'Das mehrsprachige Klassenzimmer: Wie viel Deutsch braucht ein Berliner Schulkind?' on 26th March 2014 in Berlin, with a fieldwork report from Ecuador and more news from other ZAS projects.

"ZAS is one of the top research addresses for linguistics worldwide", says Dr. Seunghun Lee in the Journal of the VolkswagenStiftung about his year of research at the Berlin Center for General Linguistics.
The new 'ZAS-Seiten': Our Newsletter Nr. 1 (in German)

Problems of understanding

Study of perceptions of the extent to which guideline recommendations are binding—a survey of commonly used terminology is the title of a new paper by Uli Sauerland and doctors of the Berliner Charité, published in ‘Deutsches Ärzteblatt’.
More Information about the study here.


Neue Publikation im November 2012
Anton Benz, Manfred Stede & Peter Kühnlein (eds.). 2012. Constraints in Discourse 3: Representing and Inferring Discourse Structure (Pragmatics and beyond new series 223). Amsterdam: John Benjamins.


Jonathan D. Bobaljik received Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel Research Award
Professor Bobaljik from the University of Connecticut at Storrs, USA is a leading authority in morphology and related areas of linguistics. His forthcoming book "Universals in Comparative Morphology: Suppletion, superlatives, and the structure of words" , in press with MIT Press, argues that superlatives like "best" and "nicest" in all languages are derived from comparatives such as "better" and "nicer", rather than directly from the positive forms like "good" and "nice". With the Bessel Award by the Alexander von Humboldt Stiftung, Bobaljik will work with Dr. Uli Sauerland of the Center for General Linguistics in Berlin on a statistical approach to syncretism patterns in language.


New publication in October 2010

Downing, Laura, Annie Rialland, Jean-Marc Beltzung, Sophie Manus, Cédric Patin & Kristina Riedel (eds.). 2010. Papers from the workshop on Bantu relative clauses (ZAS Papers in Linguistics 53). Berlin: ZAS.


Start of new project

In January 2011 the new project on the interaction of discourse structure and implicatures (IDis), funded by the German Science Foundation (DFG) and directed by  Anton Benz will start.


Research trips in the South Pacific

The project Languages of Southwest Ambrym, funded by the Volkswagen Foundation, carried out several research trips to the island in the South Pacific, a part of the State of Vanuatu. The project made numerous recordings of the languages Daakaka and Daakie, which are now being further analyzed. Under cooperation with Chief Filip Talevu from Emiotungan, the project now has a house which is also open to other researchers and guests, and which will document the culture and languages of West Ambrym.


New Publications