| Dissertation award for Dr Alexander Zahrer
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Award for our employee

Dr Alexander Zahrer is awarded the University of Münster's Dissertation Award for 2023.

The Rectorate of the University of Münster has honoured 13 young academics with the Dissertation Award for 2023 at a ceremony in the  castle auditorium.
Dr Alexander Zahrer was awarded the prize of 3,500 euros for his dissertation entitled "A Grammar of Muyu", which he submitted in April 2023.

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| Guest talk

Angami-Pochuric languages

On Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2022, during Jun.-Prof. Dr Ozerov's department seminar ("Sino-Tibetan languages" at 12:15 p.m.), there will be a guest lecture by Dr. Sahiinii L. Veikho (CNRS, Paris) entitled: "Angami-Pochuric languages, an understudied clade of the Sino-Tibetan family".

Topic: Sahiinii Leikho - Angami-Pochuri languages
Time: Dec 20, 2022 12:15 PM Amsterdam, Berlin, Rome, Stockholm, Vienna

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| Workshop
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Language and Culture Contact in North-Eastern Siberia

October 14-15, 2022 in Münster

The workshop ‘Language and Culture Contact in North-Eastern Siberia’ deals with the structural and socio-cultural aspects of multilingualism and cultural intermingling.

For more information and the programme klick here

| Article
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Why are there so many different languages in the world?

"Ask Sophie!" is a project of the "Arbeitsstelle Forschungstransfer" (AFO) of the University of Münster. Citizens can ask the cartoon character 'Sophie' their questions on any science-related topic. These questions will be answered by researcher of the University of Münster and communicated via 'Sophie'.

Jun.-Prof. Dr. Pavel Ozerov answered the question:

Why are there so many different languages in the world?


| Elections

Election of members to the Senate and the Faculty Boards

Election poster 2022


New study program
© Empirische und Angewandte Sprachwissenschaft

The Master's program "Empirical and Applied Linguistics" (EAL) is the first interdisciplinary linguistics program in Münster.

Start: Winter semester 2021/2022

Soon you can find more information here.

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Lia Abuladze, Andreas Ludden (Hg.): Sprachreiseführer Georgisch

Lia Abuladze has published a Georgian language guide together with Andreas Ludden:

Helmut Buske Verlag, 2020 - ISBN: 978-3-96769-034-7
approx. 240 pages with numerous photo
Publication date: October 2020

Further information about the book can be found here.

General meeting

General meeting of the Society for Endangered Languages

All interested parties are cordially invited to participate in the public part of the general meeting of the Society for Endangered Languages:

Friday, 8th of november 2019
Nördliches Kavaliershäuschen, Schlossplatz 6, Universität Münster

Public part:
11.30 am to 1.00 pm

Pavel Ozerov (Münster): Fieldwork in Manipur (Northeast India): linguistic paradise, political nightmare

Jeremías Ballivián Torrico (Cochabamba) & Sonja Gipper (Köln):
Discussion of the situation of Yurakaré in Bolivien (in spanish language, with a translation)

Anne Schwarz (Berlin; GBS-Stipendiatin 2018):
Report on the project  “A digital dictionary of Amazonian Kichwa”

Ordinary general meeting:
2.00 pm – 3.30  pm

TOP 1 approval of the agenda
TOP 2 approval of the protocol of the last year's meeting
TOP 3 report of the Executive Board
TOP 4 report of the cashier and the cash auditors
TOP 5 ratification of the Executive Board
TOP 6 location for the general meeting 2020 and 2021
TOP 7 others

The host is the department of Linguistics, Universität Münster


Studying Languages around the Globe

On 3 June 2019 at 6 pm  there will be in the Senate Hall (Schlossplatz 2) a talk titled "Learning Languages ​​Around the Globe". All interested parties are cordially invited. The talk will be in English.

The number of the world’s languages is estimated at between 6000 and 7000. This cultural diversity is critically at risk. While only a few of the major languages receive attention and maintenance as national or global languages, the bulk of language diversity is harboured by smaller cultures and indigenous peoples in remote areas that increasingly give up their traditional languages and switch to one of the widely spoken national idioms. Linguists are eagerly working to describe the indigenous languages and their features before they vanish forever.

In this talk, three linguists will share their experience in linguistic fieldwork in three remote areas (Siberia, Burma/India and New Guinea). What does a linguist do? What is it like to live with indigenous peoples as a stranger? Why is it even relevant to research distant and „exotic“languages? These are just a few of the questions that will be answered. Furthermore, the listeners will gain basic insight in the structure of some of the languages which are investigated at the Institute for Linguistics at the University of Münster.

You will also find the event in the schedule.

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Lia Abuladze, Jonas Löffler (ed.): Georgisches Lesebuch

Lia Abuladze has published a Georgian reading book together with Jonas Löffler and presented it at the Frankfurt Book Fair (10. - 14.10.2018):

Abuladze, Lia/ Löffler, Jonas
Georgisches Lesebuch. Georgisch-Deutsch
Helmut Buske Verlag, Juni 2018 - ISBN: 978-3-87548-858-6

"Konzipiert für fortgeschrittene Lernende, enthält dieses Lesebuch vornehmlich kurze und einfache literarische Texte in georgischer Originalfassung und deutscher Parallelübersetzung, anhand derer bereits erworbene Sprachkenntnisse gefestigt und tiefergehende Einblicke in die georgische Kultur und Literatur gewonnen werden können." (Extract blurb)

Further information about the book can be found here.


Workshop ISSLaC 3

The workshop Information Structure in Spoken Language Corpora 3 will take place on December 7-8, 2018 in Münster. For more information, the programme and the abstracts click here.