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Language and Communication

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Language and communication (Prof. Gast)

The chair "Linguistics: Language and Communication" (Prof. Volker Gast) at the Department of English and American Studies works on the analysis of the modern English language as a system of signs and an instrument for interpersonal communication. This comprises, on the one hand, the description of all basic aspects of the language system and, on the other hand, the interpretation and use of natural language (semantics and pragmatics).

In both research and teaching, the English language is often examined from a comparative perspective. Therefore, a particular focus of the chair lies on contrastive linguistics (English-German). International students can include their own language knowledge not only in seminars, but also in theses and projects. The research of the English language is thus brought into an even broader, typological context. Language typology investigates the patterns and boundaries of worldwide variation and constitutes an important frame of reference for the comprehension of different language systems.

At our department, we persuade a theoretically reflected, empirical approach which accesses extensive corpora. In different research projects we have developed methods and software to efficiently create multi-layered annotations. At the same time, we have worked on the automatization of complex annotations, e.g. on a sentence-semantic level.

During the last years, the chair has conducted the following research projects (third-party funds):

Additionally, members of our department have been engaged in documentation projects in Papua New Guinea.

  1. Bahlmann-Schulze, Simone Lehrstuhl Anglistische Sprachwissenschaft (Prof. Gast)
  2. Gade, Eberhard Bertram Lehrstuhl Anglistische Sprachwissenschaft (Prof. Gast)
  3. Gast, Volker, Univ.-Prof. Dr Lehrstuhl Anglistische Sprachwissenschaft (Prof. Gast)
  4. Haas, Florian, PD Dr Lehrstuhl Anglistische Sprachwissenschaft (Prof. Gast)
  5. Herbst, Lina, Dr Lehrstuhl Anglistische Sprachwissenschaft (Prof. Gast)
  6. Persohn, Bastian, Dr Lehrstuhl Anglistische Sprachwissenschaft (Prof. Gast)
  7. Tallman, Adam, Dr Lehrstuhl Anglistische Sprachwissenschaft (Prof. Gast)
  8. Tykhostup, Olena Lehrstuhl Anglistische Sprachwissenschaft (Prof. Gast)