Continued funding of SFB 1102!

The German Research Foundation has granted the SFB 1102 funding for another period of four years. The SFB 1102 will receive about 14 million euros that, amongst other things, will be used to financially support 35 young researchers.

LangSci talk by Sebastian Schuster on June 23rd!

In our next LangSci talk, Sebastian Schuster from the Center of Data Science & Department of Linguistics at New York University will talk about „How contextual are contextual language models?“.

The talk will take place in A2.2 room 2.02 at 16:15!


Posters and talks by members of the SFB1102 @ICHL25!

Various members of the SFB1102 will present their posters and talks at this year’s „25th International Conference on Historical Linguistics
at the Faculty of Linguistics, Philology, and Phonetics at the University of Oxford from 1 to 5 August 2022!

The following posters and talks will be presented:

Poster: Relative Clause Adjacency as a Characteristic of 18th Century German by Sophia Voigtmann and Katrin Ortmann

Poster: Word formation patterns reflecting discipline-specific communicative needs in scientific writing throughout the 20th century by Katrin Menzel

Talk: A phylogenetic model of trade-offs in strategies for determining ‚who did what to whom‘ by Annemarie Verkerk, Luigi Talamo and Natalia Levshina

Talk: A global phylogenetic test of over 150 putative typological universals by Annemarie Verkerk, Hannah Haynie, Simon Greenhill, Olena Shcherbakova, Hedvig Skirgård and The Grambank Consortium

New publication by B1

New publication by members of project B1 was published in „In Lege artis. Language yesterday, today, tomorrow“.

Synthetic and analytic adjective negation in English scientific journal articles: A diachronic perspective“ by Katrin Menzel, Marie-Pauline Krielke and Stefania Degaetano-Ortlieb.

LangSci Talk by Bart Defrancq on June 9th!

In our next LangSci talk, Prof.Bart Defrancq from the Faculty of Arts and Philosophy at Ghent University will talk about „Interpreting Studies: Approaching language usage from a remote corner of the universe“.

The talk will take place in A2.2 room 2.02 at 16:15!


Workshop “Modeling diachronic variation” on June 8th


June 8th 2022, building A.2.2, R. 2.02 (hybrid conference room)

The increasing interest in modeling change in language use is leading to a boost in adapting modeling techniques to diachronic data.  Experts from a variety of disciplines are now working with diachronic data targeting change in language use that goes beyond lexical change. In our workshop, we will bring together researchers with different backgrounds and perspectives on the specific challenges and the unique promises these data hold, to identify common ground and explore the most pressing problems and possible solutions.

The full program can be found here.

If you are interested in participating, please register here.


We are hiring: Post-doctoral and doctoral positions available!


We are pleased to invite applications for a range of post-doctoral and doctoral positions.

The CRC 1102 includes 17 research projects drawing upon psycholinguistics/neurolinguistics, computational linguistics, diachronic sociolinguistics, phonetics, discourse and contrastive linguistics and translatology with their respective empirical methods, ranging from computational language modeling to experimental and corpus-based methods.

Details on the vacant positions can be found here.

LangSci talk by Florian Hintz on April 28th!

In our next LangSci talk, Florian Hintz from the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, Psychology of Language Department will talk about „Individual differences in language skills“.

The talk will take place in A 2.2 room 2.02 at 16:15!


Call for Papers: Interspeech 2022 Satellite Workshop

Interspeech 2022 Satellite Workshop: Call for papers!

Workshop on „Cross-linguistic Effects of Information Theoretic Factors in Interactive Communication“

Seoul National University, Sept 23, 2022


Information-theoretic factors have been identified and used to account for fine-grained phonetic variations in speech, as rational speakers and listeners can adapt speech to be efficient in transmitting information. However, the ability to adapt depends on linguistic knowledge and exposure, which are accumulated through learning. Learning could happen fast and slow in different communicative situations. Such diverse learning environments raise further questions as to how to ‘quantify information’ in a context-appropriate manner. The goal of the workshop is to bring together researchers examining the role of information-theoretic factors on cross-language learning in interactive communication.


Conference organizers
James Whang (Seoul National University)
Bistra Andreeva (Saarland University)
Omnia Ibrahim (Saarland University)
Bernd Möbius (Saarland University)
Ivan Yuen (Saarland University)

Keynote speakers
Ann Bradlow (Northwestern University) confirmed
Okko Räsänen (Tampere University) confirmed

Contact: Please direct all inquiries to

C1: Raphael Werner awarded @ ESSV 2022


We are very proud to announce that Raphael Werner received the „best student paper award“ at the 33rd Conference on Electronic Speech Signal Processing (ESSV 2022).

Raphael Werner, Jürgen Trouvain, Beeke Muhlack, Bernd Möbius (2022): Perceptual categorization of breath noises in speech pauses. 33. Konferenz Elektronische Sprachsignalverarbeitung (Sønderborg, DK; online).

Many Congratulations!