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of the Department of Linguistics!

We mourn for Hans-Jürgen Sasse, Professor of General and Comparative Linguistics and head of the General Linguistics Department from 1986-2008. He passed away much too early after a long and serious illness in the early morning of January 14, 2015. The department of Linguistics has lost a highly esteemed and much beloved teacher and scholar, and a dear friend and colleague. 

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




  • Workshop "Sign languages"

    A workshop on sign languages will be held on Friday, April 10th 2015 and Saturday, April 11th 2015, Meister-Ekkehart-Str. 7, 2nd floor (seminar room to the right). The workshop is primarily aimed at MA students, credit points can be earned. More information here (in German).

  • "Sprachkontaktinduzierte Variation im luxemburgischen Konsonantismus"

    A talk by Fränz Conrad (Universität Luxemburg) on Thursday, February 5th 2015, 4 p.m., Meister-Ekkehart-Str. 7, 2nd floor (seminar room to the right)

  • 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). The semester program can be found here.

  • GSSC presents new lecture series

    The lecture series 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.

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

    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.

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).

About Us

General Linguistics

Opening Hours
Mon–Fri 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

How to find us:

Street address:
Meister-Ekkehart-Straße 7
3. floor
50937 Köln-Lindenthal

Mailing address:
Institut für Linguistik
Universität zu Köln
50923 Köln

Phone: 0221 – 470 5639
Fax: 0221 – 470 5947

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