About the Emerging Group "Dynamic Structuring in Language and Communication"

A static view of language and communication, which makes a clear cut distinction between langue and parole, competence and performance, and categories and continua, has been shown to be inconsistent with new sources of linguistic evidence, issuing from interdisciplinary research and advancements in data acquisition, processing and storage techniques.

The Emerging Group Dynamic Structuring in Language and Communication will contribute to the recent strategic development in linguistics in Cologne, such as the research group Music, Language, and Cognition, the new teaching program Sprache im Labor and the Cologne Center of Language Sciences, and develop a dynamic view of language as a new area of expertise which promises to shed light on concepts that have so far escaped a coherent treatment in linguistics.