Faculty of Language, Literature and Humanities - German in Multilingual Contexts

Faculty of Language, Literature and Humanities | Department of German Studies and Linguistics | German in Multilingual Contexts | Projects | Finished projects | Limits of variability: Integration of linguistic ressources in highly diverse urban settings (SFB 1287, A01)

Limits of variability: Integration of linguistic ressources in highly diverse urban settings (SFB 1287, A01)

The project investigates the multilingual context of an urban street market, where speakers regularly access a wide range of linguistic resources. While previous research on such contexts has focused on the characteristic diversity and fluidity, our investigation will emphasize stability and is guided by the hypothesis that the observable and sometimes chaotic variability does not establish randomness, but is constrained by systematic patterns and restrictions. To capture this variability as well as its constraints, we combine ethnographic and sociolinguistic methods with grammatical analysis and theoretical linguistic modeling.

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Scientific management: Heike Wiese, Ulrike Freywald 
Scientific staff: Britta SchulteKathleen Schumann, Serkan Yüksel 
Scientific and student assistants: İrem Duman, Ali Hamze, Johanna Schnitzler
Alumni: Henrik Willun