About Us

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The URPP Language and Space is dedicated to research on the fundamental connection of language and space on the basis of two points of intersection represented through the research fields Linguistic Areas and Interactional Spaces. The establishment of Linguistic Areas is based on the variety of linguistic features that enable a spatial distribution of speakers according to their modes of speech (dialects) and, thus, identification and distinction. Interactional Spaces are created in a complex and spatially creative interplay of language, perception, movement and action. The URPP Language and Space approaches the relationships between language and space with cutting-edge technology, combining insights from dialectology with language typology and interactional linguistics. Individual projects are currently being carried out by research groups within the URPP’s two overarching research fields (Linguistic Areas and Interactional Spaces). During the first stage of funding (2013-2016), three linguistic laboratories were also established: a VideoLab, a CorpusLab and a GISLab. In addition, seven doctoral positions and several postdoctoral positions were created and concrete sub-projects were initiated.