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Michael Tomasello, Albertus Magnus Professor 2014

Summer party at the institute, July 10, 2014

Lunch & Linguistics, Ocotber 23, 2014

Talk by Sonja Gipper at the 47th Annual Meeting of the SLE, Poznan, September 13, 2014

Fieldwork on Yali, Indonesia, September 2014, Sonja Riesberg

Please note that some of the content of this website is only available in German.




  • CCLS Lecture Series

    The CCLS (Cologne Center of Language Sciences) lecture series of the winter term 2014/15 will be held Mondays at 6 p.m. in S01 (Seminargebäude). Students are cordially invited to attend. Credit points can be awarded for attendance. The semester program can be found here.

  • GSSC presents new lecture series

    The Global South Studies Center (GSSC) of the University of Cologne presents a new lecture series with the start of the winter term 2014/2015: "Focus Global South". It focuses on current topics regarding the global south. Members of the University as well as the broader public are kindly invited. You can find more information here.

  • International workshop "Consensus and dissent: Negotiating emotion in the public space" at the Institute of African studies and Egyptology

    On November 6 and 7, 2014, the international workshop "Consensus and dissent: Negotiating emotion in the public space" will take place at the Institute of African Studies and Egyptology. You can find the program and further information here.

  • Public part of the GBS general meeting on November 7, 2014

    The general meeting of the GBS (Society for Endangered Languages) will take place at the Institute of Linguistics on November 7, 2014. After the meeting, there will be a public part from 3 to 5 pm, at which reports from funded projects will be presented and the film "Voices of the Tundra" (around 70 min), in part funded by the GBS, will be shown. Everybody is cordially invited.

  • "Lunch & Linguistics": Interdisciplinary Colloquium for Young Scientists

    The Cologne Center of Language Sciences is initiating the "Lunch and Linguistics" colloquium that is meant to offer young scientists the opportunity to report on their research in an informal setting and a small circle of participants every two or three weeks (as necessary). Time and place: Thursdays, 12 a.m. to 1.30 p.m., Department of Linguistics, Meister-Ekkehart-Straße 7, 2nd floor, seminar room on the right. More information here.

  • Best Paper 2014 in LANGUAGE

    Nikolaus Himmelmann's paper "Asymmetries in the prosodic phrasing of function words: Another look at the suffixing preference" was awarded this year's Best Paper 2014 in LANGUAGE. More information can be found here.

  • Job offer full Professor for Comparative Philology / Historical Linguistics

    The Institute of Linguistics is seeking to appoint a full Professor for Comparative Philology / Historical Linguistics (Indo-European languages) to start on March 1, 2015. The application deadline is September 30, 2014. For further information, please visit the University's job offer page. You can find the job offer here.

  • Current Publications

  • Kölligan, Daniel. "Der Ablativ der Distanz bei Positionsverben im Armenischen", HS 125 (2012[2014]), 211-226.

  • García Ramón, José Luis. "Homerisch καὶ ἐσσομένοισι πυθέθαι und δακέειν ... ἀπετρωπῶντο λεόντων: zur Kontinuität der Konstruktionen mit "doppeltem" Dativ und Ablativ im Griechischen", HS 125 (2012[2014]), 112-122.

  • Hannß, Katja. September 2014. Plantas y hierbas de los callahuayas: Una aproximación etimológica. In Ingrid Kummels and Karoline Noack (coord.), Las conexiones temporales, regionales y transatlánticas de los Andes y la amazonía: Personas y objetos como actores de una historia entrelazada. Nuevo Mundo - Mundos Nuevos.

  • Riesberg, Sonja. September 2014. Passive actors are not adjuncts – Consequences for the distinction between symmetrical and asymmetrical Voice alternations. In I Wayan Arka & N. L. K. Mas Indrawati (eds.), Argument Realisations and Related Constructions in Austronesian Languages. Papers from 12-ICAL, Volume 2, 281-302. Canberra: Asia-Pacific Linguistics.

  • Riesberg, Sonja. September 2014. Symmetrical voice and linking in western Austronesian languages (Pacific Linguistics 646). Boston/Berlin: De Gruyter Mouton.

  • Schapper, Antoinette (ed.). September 2014. The Papuan Languages of Timor, Alor and Pantar. Volume 1 (Pacific Linguistics 644). Boston/Berlin: De Gruyter Mouton. Includes: Schapper, Antoinette. Introduction to The Papuan languages of Timor, Alor and Pantar. Volume 1. S. 1-22. Schapper, Antoinette. Kamang. S. 285-350. Schapper, Antoinette & Rachel Hendery. Wersing. S. 439-504.

  • Schapper, Antoinette, Juliette Huber & Aone van Engelenhoven. September 2014. The relatedness of Timor-Kisar and Alor-Pantar languages: A preliminary demonstration. In: Marian Klamer (ed.), The Alor-Pantar languages: History and typology (Studies in Diversity Linguistics 3), 99-154. Berlin: Language Science Press.

  • Schapper, Antoinette. September 2014. Elevation in the spatial deictic systems of Alor-Pantar languages. In: Klamer (ed.), 247-284.

  • Schapper, Antoinette & Marian Klamer. September 2014. Numeral systems in the Alor-Pantar languages. In: Klamer (ed.), 285-336.

  • Schapper, Antoinette et al. September 2014. Numeral words and arithmetic operations in the Alor-Pantar languages. In: Klamer (ed.), 337-374.

  • Schapper, Antoinette, Marian Klamer & Greville Corbett. September 2014. Plural number words in the Alor-Pantar languages. In: Klamer (ed.), 375-412.


Study related announcements

  • Mandatory Guidance Counselling for First Semester Students

    The slides of the mandatory guidance counselling for first semester students can be found here.

  • Annotated Course Listing for the winter semester 2014/2015

    An annotated course listing for the winter semester 2014/2015 is now available online. You can find the complete course listings in KLIPS.

  • Statistics for linguists tutorial

    In the winter term, Bodo winter will offer a statistics tutorial for linguists. The dates are January 9, 10, 16, and 17. You can find more information here.

  • Some points on seminar papers (in German, by Prof. Himmelmann)

  • Borrowing equipment

    Students of the Department of Linguistics who want to borrow recorders, cameras etc. are asked to contact us by e-mail (geraeteverleih-ifl(at)uni-koeln.de).

  • Information on the expiration of the Magister Artium degrees

    First-time admissions to Magister exams were possible during the summer semester 2013 for the last time. The last opportunity for repeat exams is the winter semester 2014/2015. After April 1st 2015 there can be no more claims to take the Magister exams. Please note the pamphlet on the expiration of the Magister Artium degrees (in German).

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