News

03.07.2019
ZAS Linguist at UNESCO Conference
Dr. Natalia Gagarina spoke last week at the international UNESCO/IFP conference on the preservation of multilingualism, national language policies and digitisation in Jakutsk, Russia. She presented the Multilingual Assessment Instrument for Narratives (MAIN). MAIN was designed in order to assess narrative skills in children who acquire one or more languages from birth or from early age. The tool is currently available in 27 languages and is used in more than 60 countries.

 

21.06.2019
Hammermäßig: Review of a ZAS dissertation in Die Welt
Dr. Fabienne Salfner's dissertation on mäßig-adverbials has been discussed in the online and print edition of the daily newspaper Die Welt.
Click here for the online version of the article: Warum unser Deutsch immer mäßiger wird.

50. Salon der Sprachen
Mittwoch, den 5. Juni 2019, 18 Uhr s.t.
Bibliothek des Leibniz-Zentrums Allgemeine Sprachwissenschaft (ZAS) Schützenstr. 18, Aufgang B, 2. Stock, 10117 Berlin

Dr. Sabine Reiter: „Und sie spuckte – puj puwu peek – in den Fluß: Ideophone in amazonischen Sprachen“

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May 23rd, 2019
Meet our PhD-students Damaris Bartz and Heather Weston exclusively at the Long Night of Science Berlin / Potsdam 2019

With the format Book-a-Scientist, created by the Leibniz Association, you can choose an expert for an exclusive, twenty-minute interview. Damaris Bartz will answer all your questions about how children learn complex sentence structures. Heather Weston is an expert on all questions about creating speech sounds and what sets them apart from the sounds that animals make. You can book the interviews upfront here.

 

 

April 26th, 2019
Biologie und Sprachwissenschaft: Das Aussterben im Wandel
Our director Prof. Dr. Manfred Krifka on Deutschlandfunk on the connection between endangered species and endangered languages.
You will find the radio report following the link:
Biologie und Sprachwissenschaft: Das Aussterben im Wandel

8. April 2019
Projekt zu bedrohten brasilianischen Sprachen

Das ZAS übernimmt die administrative Verwaltung des von der VolkswagenStiftung geförderten Projekts The living ethnolinguistic heritage of the Aikanã and Kwaza of Rondônia Brazil unter der Leitung von Dr. Hein van der Voort, Museu Goeldi, Belém, Brasilien, mit den Mitarbeitern Dr. Joshua Birchall und Dr. Lisa Grund. Das Projekt dokumentiert Aspekte der Sprache und Kultur von zwei benachbarten isolierten (nicht klassifizierten) Sprachen mit jeweils wenigen Dutzend Sprechern.
Auf dem Bild: Van der Voort interviewt Wanzerip Salamãi, eine Aikainã-Sprecherin, die sich auch noch an ihre heute ausgestorbene Muttersprache Salamãi erinnert. 

14.03.2019
Berufung an die Goethe-Universität Frankfurt
Wir freuen uns, dass Dr. Cornelia Ebert einen Ruf auf eine Professur in der Semantik an der Goethe-Universität Frankfurt erhalten hat. Sie hat zur Semantik/Pragmatik-Schnittstelle geforscht, insbesondere zu Informationsstruktur, Quantifikation und Indefinitheit. Sie hat zukunftsweisende Arbeiten zur Rolle von sprachbegleitenden Gesten und deren Rolle in der sprachlichen Kommunikation geleistet. Zu diesem Thema hat sie auch am ZAS in dem Projekt gearbeitet: "Der pragmatische Status ikonischer Bedeutung in sprechsprachlicher Kommunikation: Gesten, Ideophone, sprechsprachliche Modulierungen."

New Open Access publications with crowdfunding
Of about 50 books proposed by Peter Lang Verlag for the crowdfunding initiative "Knowledge Unlatched", 13 were selected by a jury of international librarians. The initiative collects money for the publication of books as Open Access.
We are very proud that among them are two books from the series "Speech Production and Perception" (ed. Susanne Fuchs (FB1 at ZAS) and Pascal Perrier). Volume 4 "Origins of Human Language: Continuities and Discontinuities with Nonhuman Primates" and volume 6 (in print) "Speech Production and Perception: Learning and Memory" will soon be available. Many thanks to the sponsors!

Visit to Vietnam
Marie-Christine Meyer, Hubert Truckenbrodt and Manfred Krifka from ZAS accepted an invitation from the Vietnam Academy of Social Sciences on November 26th. They presented their research at the 5th Nafosted Conference on Information and Computer Science (NICS) 2018. Also on the picture: Prof. Trang Phan, Vietnam National University.

We are searching for research participants for linguistic experiments!
The Leibniz-Center General Linguistics (ZAS) and the Humboldt University are looking for research participants, who can participate in our language experiments either in our institutes in Berlin-Mitte or online (you must be at least 18 years old). You can find detailed information on our website https://lingex.zas.gwz-berlin.de  and can register to receive invitations for new and current experiments. After you have registered, you can always decide which experiments you want to participant in and when. Please support our research by signing up and participating!









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