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June 15 - 17 2015: International Conference "Prominence in Language"

Organizing Host: Christiane M. Bongartz

The Emerging Group and the CCLS organize an international conference on "Prominence in Language" to be held at the University of Cologne from 15 - 17 June 2015 featuring Sónia Frota (University of Lisbon), Manfred Krifka (ZAS/Humboldt University of Berlin) and Hannah Rohde (University of Edinburgh) as invited speakers.

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June 11 - 12 2015: Workshop on Perspective- and context-shift in language

Organizers: Stefan Hinterwimmer, Hanna Rütten

There are many linguistic expressions – such as logophoric or  anti-logophoric pronouns, predicates of personal taste and modal verbs  – whose interpretation is dependent on the perspective of an  individual which can, but need not be the speaker. At the same time,  in Free Indirect Discourse some (but not all) context-sensitive  expressions are interpreted not with respect to the author’s context,  but with respect to the (fictional) context of some salient  protagonist. The aim of this workshop is to gain a better  understanding of the structural mechanisms which determine  perspective- and context-shifts and to clarify the relations between  the two types of phenomena: In particular, is (partial) context-shift  just an extreme form of perspective-shift or are two entirely  different mechanisms at play?

Venue: Thursday: Neuer Senatssaal (Main Building, Albertus Magnus Platz) and Friday: Conference Room at Pohlighaus (Pohligstr. 1).

Detailed information (program etc.):

June 11 - 12 2015: Workshop on Dynamic Modeling

Organizers: Doris Mücke, Anne Hermes, Louis Goldstein

The aim of this workshop is primarily to bring together people doing research on different dynamical systems, as well as related areas, to pool resources and exchange ideas in an interdisciplinary context.  We will address questions such as the following: What do we learn from the movement patterns of invertebrates about human tongue movements in spoken language? What do birds songs tell us about human intonation patterns? What do we learn from atypical speech when linguistic constituents seem to be blurred? Is there a line between prosody and segments? How can we model articulatory behaviour with respect to perception?

If you would like to attend the workshop, please register via email to Number of places available is limited. For more information:

June 1 2015: Inauguration of the Sociolinguistic Lab

Aria Adli invites to the Inauguration of the Sociolinguistic Lab on June 1st 2015, 6 p.m. in Aula 2, main building, University of Cologne 

The new sociolinguistic lab of the University of Cologne is dedicated to interdisciplinary research in the intersection between linguistics and social sciences. The aim is to investigate spontaneous speech by using modern statistical and computational methods. Areas of research are, among others, linguistic diversity, ongoing language change, the identification of subtle but critical differences in language use and lifestyle, or language contact and migration in megacities.

May 27 2015: A new logo for the Emerging Group

We herewith would like to present the new logo of the Emerging Group. It has been created by the department of marketing from the University of Cologne. A special thanks to Ms Debora Schiffer who has created the logo for us.

CCLS Lecture Series Past Events

CCLS Lecture Series Sommersemester 2014
CCLS Lecture Series Wintersemester 2014/15
CCLS Lecture Series Sommersemester 2015