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Research Unit "Emerging Grammars in Language-Contact Situations: A Comparative View

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RUEG consists of eight projects (see left) investigating a shared overarching research question:

What is the status of noncanonical phenomena in heritage speakers’ two languages from the perspective of emerging grammars?

(Speaker: Heike Wiese; vice speaker: Artemis Alexiadou; further PIs: Shanley Allen, Natalia Gagarina, Anke Lüdeling, Christoph Schroeder, Luka Szucsich, Rosemarie Tracy, Sabine Zerbian)

Open access: RUEG Corpus

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    All our resources are open! We are happy to announce the first public release of our corpus. The publication to cite is https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.3236068. This URL will always point to the latest release of the RUEG corpus, so it is easy to cite the most recent corpus version even before its release.

Open access: RUEG Methods


Our research is based on a shared set-up, "Language Situations", suitable to elicit comparable, yet naturalistic productions across formal and informal, spoken and written registers. There is open access to all RUEG instruments like stimula, elicitation order and training clip.

On the radio

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  • "How language adapts to the people" - Interview with RUEG PhD student Annika Labrenz (Pd). Sophia Wetzke, 3 October, 2019, radioeins.de
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  • RUEG speaker Heike Wiese (left) and researcher Oliver Bunk (2nd from right) recording at Maybachufer market with Urban Political. Podcast online now!

RUEG in the media

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  • "Fascinating multilingualism". On "double semilingualism" and other myths with Ljiljana Nikolic, HUMBOLDT, ed. 3, 2018/2019 (de)
  • "How language adapts to the people" - Interview with RUEG PhD student Annika Labrenz (Pd). Sophia Wetzke, 3 October, 2019, radioeins.de
  • Grammatical combiners -
    Linguists study language changes
    with bilingual people. Daniel Völpel, Forschung Leben, Nr. 10, May 2018 (de)

    "We can reclaim concepts", Marie Gamillscheg, Interview with Heike Wiese, ZEIT Campus Nr. 1/2019 (de) (restricted access)

    "We are pretending to be a monolingual country", Katja Belousova, Interview with Heike Wiese, Die Welt (de), restricted access

RUEG and global warming


Bilinguals Bimonthly Bulletin Board


See our latest newsletter bbbb, a St.-Nicholas-edition from Berlin and Kaiserslautern. (Download bbbb 05/19)


The projects are supported by two Mercator Fellows:

Shana Poplack, University of Ottawa

Maria Polinsky, University of Maryland

The Research Unit is funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German Research Foundation) – Project number: 39482131.

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