Faculty of Language, Literature and Humanities - General Linguistics

Research – TYP^EX Lab



Our group conducts research on questions of typology and language comparison and examines less researched non-Indo-European languages, including the Mayan and Chibchan languages of Central America. Experimental and corpus linguistic methods form the essential basis of the knowledge gained. The aim is to reduce the observed variation between languages to more abstract principles that can be traced back to the cognitive foundations of the language system.



Typology and Documentation of Languages of Meso- and Central America

The indigenous languages of Central America are characterised by a number of typologically distinctive features. In various projects, we work on topics such as word order, ergativity, argument alternations, information structure, event structure and causativity.



Register variation

Competent speakers can adapt their linguistic behaviour to the respective situation at every level. What are the properties of this type of linguistic knowledge called register knowledge?




Theory and Typology of Argument Structure

Experiencers and predicates that select experiencers form a central area of theoretical linguistics, since they trigger effects that lie outside the regular behaviour of canonical (non-experiential) structures. How do psych verbs behave crosslinguistically in their syntax, semantics and pragmatics?




Language diversity in Urban Areas

Speakers of different languages live in the urban area of Berlin. How can we support them in preserving their languages and promote contacts between language communities in Berlin and academics?







Documentation of Urum

[with S. Skopeteas (P.I.; University of Potsdam), E. Sella (University of Athens), A. Markopoulos (University of Athens)]

Funding: Latsis Foundation

The "Urum documentation project" emerged from a collaboration between the Universities of Athens, Bielefeld, Bremen and Potsdam and was funded by the Latsis foundation (January 2010 - February 2011). The goal is to provide the scientific community and a wider audience with a basic documentation (words, phrases, texts, manuscripts) of the language, which will be made available online for interested researchers and the language community itself.

1/2010 – 1/2011



Typologie der Argumentrealisierung

Funding: Zentrale Forschungsförderung U. Bremen

11/2009 – 03/2011



Der Einfluss ontologischer Faktoren auf sprachliche Strukturen

Funding: Zentrale Forschungsförderung U. Bremen

11/2006 – 10/2009



Information structure in Modern Greek

[with G. Markopoulos (University of Athens) and S. Skopeteas (University of Potsdam)]

Funding: Griechisches Erziehungsministerium (Grant No. 70/4/8841)

2006 – 2007