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General Linguistics
Department of Linguistics
D-50923 Cologne

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Sonja Gipper is currently working on her project Variation and Language Attitudes in Yurakaré: Towards a Language Comparative Perspective, funded by the DFG.

The project investigates various aspects of sociolinguistic variation in Yurakaré, a threatened isolated language spoken in the foothill area of the Andes in central Bolivia. She has already dealt with this language in her earlier research. From 2006 to 2011, she worked on a documentation project on Yurakaré as a doctoral student, which was funded by DobeS (Volkswagen Foundation) and located at the MPI for Psycholinguistics in Nijmegen.

The documentation is accessible via the DobeS Archive for Threatened Languages. In her dissertation (2011, Radboud University Nijmegen) she examines how the evidence and intersubjectivity markers in Yurakaré are used in conversations.

From 2011 to 2015, Sonja Gipper taught at the Institute of Linguistics at the University of Cologne. Her courses dealt with various linguistic topics, with a focus on general and intercultural pragmatics, language documentation and description, empirical research methods and intercultural communication.

Her main research interests are language use in social interaction, the linguistic expression of social cognition, pragmatics, sociolinguistic variation, language change and linguistic diversity. She has special interest in South American languages.