Alexander von Humboldt-Fellowship
Luis López, professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago, is spending three months at ZAS as a guest researcher, with the generous financial help of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. He is working with Dr. Tonjes Veenstra on a project at the interface between code-switching, creoles and linguistic theory.

A new research project "A Typology of Gender"
A new research project "A formal Typology of Gender" by Dr. Olga Steriopolo has started at ZAS on April 1, 2016. The main objective of this three-year project sponsored by the DFG is to develop a formal typology of gender in the framework of Distributed Morphology. The typology will show how gender is structurally assigned in different languages, as well as within a single language.
The anticipated results will be of interest to language educators, language-area specialists, language typologists, and theoretical linguists. The findings will be also relevant to the fields of Education and Endangered Aboriginal Language Documentation, Maintenance, and Revitalization, as some languages investigated here are endangered and on the verge of extinction (e.g., Manambu, Mian, Nuuchahnulth).

New Network "COBRA"
Conversational Brains (Cobra) is a network consisting of 15 member hailing from nine countries, one of them is ZAS, as well as one Company (Carstens Medienelektronik). The network combines the most recent integrative approaches in the fields of language, social interaction, cognition and the human brain. COBRA aims to examine spoken language within a conversational context as well as to determine which cognitive and cerebral processes underlie social interaction. COBRA has received funding from the ANR in France for one year, beginning in April, 2016. The network is meant to aid in the preparation of a proposal for funding for a Marie Sklodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network within the EU.

Job announcements

- Studentische Hilfskraft zur Instandhaltung und Weiterentwicklung einer Datenbank (PB3)
- Studentische Hilfskraft für EDV/Technik
- Praktikumsstelle für deutsche(n) Muttersprachler(in): (Untersuchung bilingualer Kinder und Jugendlicher, Leitung: PD N. Gagarina)

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