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Discourse studies at IfL explores pragmatic, cognitive, and semiotic aspects of large linguistic units. “Discourse” is taken as the domain of language use (in Du Bois’ terms) and as a process rather than a product (in Widdowson’s terms). Research and teaching interests encompass the interface between syntax and pragmatics; discourse structure above the sentence level; the conceptual mapping, blending, and compression behind figurative language; the relation between texts and socio-cultural contexts in contemporary as well as in historical texts (communication strategies, text production and text performance); and the theoretical underpinnings of multi- and cross-modal features in oral genres. Past and current synchronic and diachronic approaches apply contemporary frameworks to linguistic phenomena in ancient Greek corpora; further corpora are being progressively added. The starting team looks forward to increasing collaborations with the other sections of IfL, as well as with other Institutes, within and beyond the University of Cologne.


New! Check out the new MA profile module “Discourse Studies” here! 



Talk:  Anna Bonifazi: “Introduction to iconicity in language and literature: A semiotic concept, a multidisciplinary book series, and a biennial conference”. Colloquium Komparatistik - Linguistik UzK, WiSe 2022-2023 (20.10.2022). 

Prof. Dr. Anna Bonifazi's Blog 

POSTCLASSICAL GREEK NETWORK, 3rd meeting, December 2 -- Information can be found here

Particles in Ancient Greek Discourse in print. 

Bonifazi, A., A. Drummen, M. de Kreij. 2021. Particles in Ancient Greek Discourse. Exploring Particle Use Across Genres. Center for Hellenic Studies: Washington DC (distributed by Harvard University Press). 

This is the print version of a freely accessible online edition published in 2016; see:        



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  • Prof. Himmelmann zu Gast im Podcast Theory Neutral

    In der Folge vom 08. Januar 2023 spricht Prof. Himmelmann über diskursive Demonstrativfunktionen und seinen Artikel "Demonstratives in Narrative Discourse: A Taxonomy of Universal Uses" (1996).

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Current Publications.

  • Bonifazi, A., Ioannidou, P. & Salarzai, Z. 2022. Proper names as anaphoric expressions in short crime stories: Doing more than referring within and across paragraphs. Journal of Pragmatics 193:88-104.

  • Bonifazi, A. 2022. Dialogic syntax in ancient Greek conversation. In Bridging the Gap Between Conversation Analysis and Poetics: Studies in Talk-In-Interaction and Literature Twenty-Five Years after Jefferson, R. Person, J. Rae, and R. Wooffitt (eds.), 140-179. London: Routledge.
  • di Bartolo, Giuseppina. 2022.  ‘The μὴ ἵνα + subjunctive construction in Greek documentary papyri’. Glotta 98 (1), 136–147.
  • di Bartolo, Giuseppina. 2021. Studien zur griechischen Syntax dokumentarischer Papyri der römischen Zeit (Papyrologica Coloniensia XLIV). Paderborn: Ferdinand Schöningh / Brill. Flyer
  • Bonifazi, A. 2020 (online)/2021 (print). How To Do Things with keinos and autos in Tragedy: Initial Suggestions. In G. Martin, F. Iurescia, S. Hof & G. Sorrentino (eds.), Pragmatic Approaches to Drama: Studies in Communication on the Ancient Stage, 19-42. Leiden and Boston: Brill.