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Working Group General Linguistics

Faculty for linguistics and literary studies
Language in cultural context

Aim of the partnership between the Bielefeld University and the University Houphouet Boigny is to promote knowledge transfer in the linguistic and text-technological foundations of language documentation and description as well as joint research on the languages of Côte d'Ivoire (funded by the DAAD).

Curriculum project “Language in cultural context”

Foundation: German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)
Funding initiative:  Fachbezogene Partnerschaften mit Hochschulen in Entwicklungsländern
Project-ID: 57143498
Funding period: 2015-2018

Project partners:
Prof. Dr. Stavros Skopeteas (Universität Bielefeld)
Prof. Dr. Firmin Ahoua (Université Houphouet Boigny)
Dafydd Gibbon (Bielefeld University)

Student assistants:
Johanna Neugebauer
Herivony Juanita Ratiarimanana

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Focus and thematic role assignment

This project investigates the effects of focus on thematic role assignment in German and Hungarian within the visual world paradigm (funded by the DFG; XPrag.de).

Focus and thematic role assignment: A comparison of Hungarian and German in Child Language Comprehension

Foundation: German Research Foundation (DFG)
Funding initiative: Priority Programm XPrag.de
Project-ID: FoTeRo
Funding period: 2014-2018

Prof. Dr. Stavros Skopeteas (Universität Bielefeld)
Prof. Dr. Pia Knoeferle (Humboldt University Berlin)

Research assistants:
Julia Kröger, M.A.
Gabor Muller, M.A.

Cooperation partners:
Kriszta Szendroi (University College London)

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Transformational processes on language and identity

This project examines the effects of language contact on language change in two endangered languages of Georgia, Caucasian Urum and Pontic Greek (funded by the Volkswagen Foundation).

The impact of current transformational
processes on language and ethnic identity:
Urum and Pontic Greeks in Georgia

Foundation: VolkswagenStiftung
Funding iinitiative: Between Europe and the Orient -
A Focus on Research and Higher Education in/on Central Asia and the Caucasus

Project-ID: PA 87169
Funding period: 2014-2017

Principal Invesigators:
Prof. Dr. Stavros Skopeteas (Universität Bielefeld)
Prof. Dr. Konstanze Jungbluth (Europa-Universität Viadrina, Frankfurt (Oder))

Research assistants:
Dr. Svetlana Berikashvili (Ivane Jakakhishvili Tbilisi State University, Tbilisi)
Stefanie Böhm, M.A. (Bielefeld University, Bielefeld)
Concha Höfler, M.A. (European University Viadrina, Frankfurt/Oder)
Johanna Lorenz, M.A. (Bielefeld University, Bielefeld)
Nutsa Tsetereli, M.A. (Ivane Jakakhishvili Tbilisi State University, Tbilisi)

Cooperation partners:
Prof. Dr. Rusudan Asatiani (Tbilisi State University, Tbilisi)
Prof. Dr. Marika Jikia (Tbilisi State University, Tbilisi)
Prof. Dr. Zaal Kikvidze (Akaki Tsereteli Kutaisi State University, Kutaisi)
Prof. Dr. Liana Melikishvili (Georgian Academy of Sciences, Tbilisi)
Prof. Dr. Sophie Shamanidi (Tbilisi State University, Tbilisi)
Dr. Natia Jalabadze (Tbilisi State University, Tbilisi)

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Discourse and prosody

(Volkswagen foundation; DoBes)

DoBeS iconDiskurs und Prosodie über Sprachfamiliengrenzen hinaus:
Zwei korpusbasierte Fallstudien zu kontaktinduzierter syntaktischer und prosodischer Konvergenz in der
Enkodierung von Informationsstruktur

Projektförderer: VolkswagenStiftung
Förderinitiative: DoBeS (Dokumentation bedrohter Sprachen)
Projektkennziffer: PA 86101
Förderungszeitraum: Juli 2011 - February 2015
Fördersumme: 220.700 Euro

Internationales, kollaboratives Projekt von:
Dr. Claudia Wegener (Linguistik, Universität Bielefeld)
Dr. Candide Simard (SOAS, University of London, UK)
Prof. Dr. Eva Schultze-Berndt (University of Manchester, UK)
Dr. Felicity Meakins (University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia)

Projektwebseite (Englisch)

Alignment in typological perspective

This project conducted empirical studies on Alignment in Communication with main focus on the Alignment of Common Ground assumptions between the interlocutors (funded by the DFG; SFB 673).

Alignment in typological perspective

Foundation: German Research Foundation (DFG)
SFB 673 "Alignment in Communication" (Bielefeld University)

Pilot project for the preparation of two research proposals for the third funding period of the research institute 673

Funding period: March 2011-June 2014

Principal Investigator:
Prof. Dr. Stavros Skopeteas (Universität Bielefeld)

Research assistants:
Dr. Markus Greif
Wu Qian, M.A.

Student assistants:
Larissa Gbegnonvi, B.A.
Claudia Lohmann, B.A.

Urum Documentation

This project offered a basic documentation of the Caucasian Urum: Lexicon, Text Collection, basic grammatical properties (funded by the Latsis foundation).

Documentation of Urum, the language of a Greek population in the Caucasus

Foundation: Latsis foundation

Funding period: January 2010-December 2010

Principal Investigators:
Prof. Dr. Stavros Skopeteas (Universität Bielefeld), Elisabeth Verhoeven (Universität Bremen), Athanasios Markopoulos (Universität Athen), Eleni Sella-Mazi (Universität Athen)

Research assistants:
Violeta Moisidi, B.A. (Tbilisi)
Sofia Bountouraki, B.A. (University of Athens)
Evgenia Malikouti, M.A. (University of Athens)
Efy Yordanoglu, B.A. (University of Athens)

Project website

Savosavo Documentation

(Volkswagen foundation/DoBes)

DoBeS iconSavosavo Dokumentations-Projekt

Projektförderer: VolkswagenStiftung
Förderinitiative: DoBeS (Dokumentation bedrohter Sprachen)
Verwaltung: University of Manchester, UK
Projektkennziffer: PA 82729
Förderungszeitraum: Januar 2008 - Juli 2014
Fördersumme: 295.000 Euro

Internationales, kollaboratives Projekt von:
Prof. Dr. Eva Schultze-Berndt (University of Manchester, UK)
Dr. Claudia Wegener (Linguistik, Universität Bielefeld)
Aurélie Cauchard (University of Manchester, UK; CNRS - LACITO, France)

Projektwebseite (Englisch)

The General linguistics research group is part of the Cluster of Excellence in Cognitive Interaction Technology CITEC (EXC 277) and Bielefeld University's Faculty of Linguistics and Literary Studies.




Languages of Côte d'Ivoire

Language situation, classifications, sample texts, collection of resources

Côte d'Ivoire


Caucasian Urum

Texts, lexicon, sound files, studies (collected in 2009-2011).