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of the Department of Linguistics!

Michael Tomasello, Albertus Magnus Professor 2014

Summer party at the institute, July 10, 2014

Lunch & Linguistics, May 2014

Fieldwork on Wooi, Indonesia

Talk by Sonja Riesberg, July 3 2014

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




  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Announcement of the Reasearch Master program of the a.r.t.e.s. Graduate School for the winter semester 2014/15

    The program offers Master students of the participating departments of the Faculty of Philosophy a range of courses complementing regular curricula that are meant to facilitate references to current research and to provide an interdisciplinary environment for discussions during the Master phase - and with a view to a possible subsequent doctorate. Application deadline is the 12th of September 2014. All relevant information can be found here.

Study related announcements

  • 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).

About Us

General Linguistics

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

The Department of Linguistics will be closed from August 18th to August 29th.

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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