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Michael Tomasello, Albertus Magnus Professor 2014

Summer party at the institute, July 10, 2014

Lunch & Linguistics, May 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

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  • 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. The first lecture will take place on Friday, September 26, 2014, at 2:30 p.m.: Judith Mgbemena (Federal University Wukari Nigeria) and Johannes Harnischfeger (University of Cologne, Goethe-University Frankfurt) will present on "BOKO HARAM - Linguistic Violence and Religious Conflict in Nigeria". Location: Internationales Kolleg Morphomata, Center for Advanced Studies, Weyertal 59, 50937 Köln. You can find more information here.

  • "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

  • Current Publications

  • Schapper, Antoinette (ed.). September 2014. The Papuan Languages of Timor, Alor and Pantar. Volume 1 (Pacific Linguistics 644). Boston/Berlin: De Gruyter Mouton.

  • Schapper, Antoinette. September 2014. Introduction to The Papuan languages of Timor, Alor and Pantar. Volume 1. In Antoinette Schapper (ed.), 1-22.

  • Schapper, Antoinette. September 2014. Kamang. In Antoinette Schapper (ed.), 285-350.

  • Schapper, Antoinette & Rachel Hendery. September 2014. Wersing. In Antoinette Schapper (ed.), 439-504.

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

  • 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.

  • Funding for 20 PhD and 10 collegiate positions starting on April 1, 2015

    The a.r.t.e.s. Graduate School for the Humanities Cologne offers 20 PhD and 10 collegiate positions for the duration of 3 years, starting on April 1, 2015. The application deadline is on October 17, 2014. The announcement can be found here (German only). Further information can be found here.

  • Appointment of Prof. José Luis García Ramón

    Prof. José Luis García Ramón was appointed as corresponding member of the Académie des Inscriptions et des Belles Lettres, Paris on May 23rd 2014.

Study related announcements

  • Retry Exam "Linguistische Analyse"

    The retry exam for "Linguistische Analyse" will be on Monday, September 22th at 1 a.m in room S1 (Seminargebäude).


  • Mandatory Guidance Counselling for First Semester Students

    The mandatory guidance counselling for first semester students takes place on Monday, October 6th from 4 to 5.30 p.m. in lecture hall VI of the main building.

  • Mandatory compact course for the seminar „Probleme und Methodik der empirischen Sprachbeschreibung (Feldforschung)“ ("Problems and Methods of empirical language description (Fieldwork)")

    Before the start of the semester, we will offer a compact course on the recording and editing of audio and video data and the use of the linguistic computer programs Elan and toolbox. The skills acquired during the compact course are requirements for the successful processing of the data gathered during the semester. Course date: October 1st and 2nd, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.  at the Department of Linguistics, Meister-Ekkehart-Str. 7, 2nd floor, seminar room on the left. Students are asked to bring their own laptop computer!

  • 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.

  • Some pointers 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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General Linguistics

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