Faculty of Language, Literature and Humanities - RUEG

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

RUEG 1 (2018-2021) consisted 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
Mercator fellows: Maria Polinsky, Shana Poplack


RUEG2 (2021-2024) consists of seven projects (see left) investigating a shared overarching research question:

What are the linguistic dynamics in heritage speakers’ repertoires?

Speaker: Heike Wiese; vice speaker: Shanley Allen;
Further PIs: Artemis Alexiadou, Oliver Bunk, Natalia Gagarina, Mareike Keller, Anke Lüdeling, Judith Purkarthofer, Christoph Schroeder, Anna Shadrova, Luka Szucsich, Rosemarie Tracy, Sabine Zerbian
Mercator fellows: Cristina Flores, Jeanine Treffers-Daller

Open access: RUEG Corpus

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. Here you'll find everything you need to know about the corpus and how to use it.


RUEG @ #DGfS2023


RUEG contributes many interesting talks and workshops at the DGfS 2023, March 7 - 10, 2023, the 45th Annual conference of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Sprachwissenschaft taking place at the University of Cologne. Find more information on the programme and RUEG-related events here.



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.     


Join us at RUEG's next outreach event: Familiensprachenstark!

At RUEG's outreach event, everyone is invited to join in the discussion and share insights on heritage language teaching, language constellations within families, language change, and multilingual media consumption! When and where? March 29th, 2023, starting at 6:30 p.m. in the lecture hall of the library at the Essen Campus Bibliothekssaal R11, Universitätsstraße 12, 45141 Essen.Familiensprachenstark_Einladung_final.png

RUEG's publications in Frontiers in Psychology

On Mother Language Day 2022, we published our press release on RUEG's contributions in Frontiers in Psychology on the Research Topic "The Notion of the Native Speaker Put to the Test: Recent Research Advances" [Press Release]

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Rosemarie Tracy received Wilhelm von Humboldt Lifetime Achievement Award

RUEG is happy to announce that Prof. Dr. Rosemarie Tracy has been granted the Wilhelm von Humboldt Lifetime Achievement Award by the DGfS. The award ceremony took place during the DGfS 2022. [DGfS Press Release]


Deutschpflicht auf dem Schulhof?


Heike Wiese, Rosemarie Tracy and Anke Sennema summarise the arguments against compulsory German in the schoolyard in a book with the title: "Deutschpflicht auf dem Schulhof?: Warum wir Mehrsprachigkeit brauchen", published by Duden-Verlag (2020).

Media Station on Kiezdeutsch

RUEG coordinator Pia Linscheid at the MedienstationVisit the Media Station "Kiezdeutsch und Mehrsprachigkeit" by RUEG, LUD, and SFB1287 at the Humboldt Lab’s inaugural exhibition "After Nature", at Humboldt Forum!


The Research Unit is funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German Research Foundation) – Project numbers: 39482131 & 313607803.

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