Completed Projects

PhD, postdoctoral and further ECR projects (co-)funded by the URPP Language and Space

  • Corpus-based Study of the noun phrase in Torlak with the focus on post-positive article, Teodora Vuković (PhD project, SNSF, Swiss Government Excellence Scholarships for Foreign Scholars and Artists, 01.09.2016 - 31.08.2020)
  • Code-mixing in Tuatschin (Rhaeto-Romance), Claudia Cathomas (PI) (Postdoc project) (till Jan 2020)
  • Development of accommodation in speech and language in early language acquisition, Omnia Ibrahim (PhD project, funding until Nov 2019)
  • Im Raum der Kunst: Voraussetzungen, Konfigurationen und Verfahren der interaktiven Bezugnahme auf zeitgenössische Installationskunst, Sandra Winiger (PhD project, financial support of dissertation project 1-7/2019)
  • Lingering in Public. Interactive Practices of Spatial Production on Urban Squares in Zurich, Antonia Steger (PhD project, funded by the URPP 10/12015 - 09/2019)
  • Interaction at markets in Istanbul and Zurich: a cross-cultural comparison of physical communication behavior and the utilization of spatial resources, Kenan Hochuli (PhD project, funded by the URPP 11/2014 - 10/2018, third party funded by scholarship Candoc Forschungskredit until 05/2019)
  • Massively Multimodal Communication and Space, Nathalie Meyer (PhD project, funded by the URPP 2/2015-2/2019, now English department UZH)
  • Dialect contact and linguistic accommodation, Hanna Ruch (PI) (Postdoc project, funded by the URPP 10/2013-9/2018)
  • Partitives in Ibero-Romance: diachrony and language contact, David Gerards (PhD project, funded until 9/2018)
  • The impact of diachronic and diatopic interaction on morphology: a case study from Baltic, Florian Sommer (PhD project, funded by the URPP 4/2015-9/2018, now Department of Greek and Latin Philology UZH)
  • Partitives in Ibero-Romance: diachrony and language contact, David Gerards (PhD project, funded by the URPP 2/2015-7/2018, now University of Leipzig, Institute of Romance Studies)
  • GIS and Linguistic Spatial Data Science, Curdin Derungs, GIS group leader in the Language and Space Lab 1/2014-6/2018, now Hochschule Luzern
  • Syntax and syntax-semantics interface of nominal expressions in cross-linguistic perspective, Tabea Ihsane (Postdoc project funded by the URPP 6/2016-5/2018, afterwards SNSF project DiFuPaRo)
  • Public Valediction. Grief in Virtual Space, Karina Frick (Postdoc project funded by the URPP 9/2016-5/2018, now Hochschuldidaktik UZH)
  • Spatial Language in Alpine Narratives, Ekaterina Egorova (PhD project , funded by the URPP 7/2013-12/2017)
  • Neo-Aramaic dialects across Space and Time (description), Eleanor Coghill (postdoc researcher at the URPP Language and Space 2/2015-7/2016, now professor at the Department of Linguistics and Philology, Uppsala University)
  • Morphology and Language Contact, Francesco Gardani (postdoc researcher SNSF project Linguistic Morphology in Time and Space, co-funded by the URPP 2-10/2016)
  • Greetings within groups - interaction openings and social events, Anita Diensthuber (financial support of dissertation project 7-12/2016)
  • Discussing the sermon: Uses of the church interior during the "Alpha"-service, Serap Öndüc (PhD project, financial support from URPP: 5-12/2016, now at IDS Mannheim, pragmatics)
  • Modelling morphosyntactic area formation in Swiss German, Philipp Stöckle (Postdoc project, SNSF project SynMod, co-funded by the URPP 7-9/2016), now Austrian Centre for Digital Humanities, ÖAW/Wien
  • Morpho-phonological studies on Calabrian dialects, Alice Idone (financial support of dissertation project 10/2015--9/2016, afterwards SNSF project The Zurich database of agreement, DAI)
  • Clitics in Northern Italian Dialects, Diego Pescarini (financial support by URPP 1-12/2015, now CNRS, section 34 (sciences du langage)
  • Approaching language variation in space: human judgements vs. corpus data, Uliana Petrunina (financial support of dissertation project 7/2014-8/2015, now at University of Tromsø)

  • The evolution of genres between standardization and variation: The case of picture post cards. Text and corpus driven studies of patterns of private everyday and tele communication. / Textsortenentwicklung zwischen Standardisierung und Variation: Das Beispiel der Ansichtskarte. Text- und korpuslinguistische Untersuchungen zur Musterhaftigkeit privater Fern- und Alltagsschriftlichkeit, Heiko Hausendorf (PI), (SNSF sinergia project, 01.04.2016–31.03.2020, project homepage), co-applicant: Joachim Scharloth
  • What’s up Switzerland? Language, Individuals and Ideologies in mobile messaging, Elisabeth Stark (PI) (SNSF Sinergia project, see also project website, 01.01.2016-29.02.2020), co-applicants: Christa Dürscheid, Federica Diémoz, Bruno Moretti, Crispin Thurlow, Beat Siebenhaar
  • Acquisition processes in maximally diverse languages: Min(d)ing the ambient language, Sabine Stoll (PI), (ERC consolidator grant, 01.09.2014–31.08.2019)
  • Internal and external causes of appearance and grammatical characteristics of the perfect tense 'to be + passive participle' (Postdoc-Bundesstipendium, 01.09.2018-31.08.2019)
  • AIS, reloaded, Michele Loporcaro (PI) (SNSF project, 01.10.2016–30.09.2019), co-applicants: Stephan Schmid, Diego Pescarini (SNSF)
  • The Diachrony of Agreement Systems: Welsh – Breton – German (and other Germanic languages) / Diachronie von Kongruenzsystemen: Kymrisch – Bretonisch – Deutsch (und weitere germanische Sprachen), Jürg Fleischer (PI), (DFG project, 01.07.2016–30.06.2019), co-PIs: Erich Poppe (Marburg), Paul Widmer (UZH) (UZH’s reseach database, DFG’s research database)
  • Linguistic morphology in time and space (LiMiTS), Balthasar Bickel (PI), (SNSF Sinergia project, 01.02.2016–30.04.2019), co-applicants: Mathias Jenny, Fernando Zuniga, Wolfgang Behr, Paul Widmer, Michele Loporcaro, Robert Weibel
  • Differential Object Marking (DOM) in Spanish: Emergence and tendencies of the current system, Johannes Kabatek (PI) (SNSF project, 01.04.2016-31.03.2019, DOM project page)
  • Die Flurnamen des Kantons St. Gallen (TopSG), Elvira Glaser (PI), (SNSF project, 01.02.16-31.01.19)
  • Die Siedlungsnamen des Kantons Zürich (TopZH), Elvira Glaser (PI), (SNSF project, 01.02.16-31.01.19)
  • The Zurich database of agreement in Italo-Romance, Michele Loporcaro (PI), (SNSF project, 01.10.15–30.09.18, project website)
  • Variantengrammatik des Standarddeutschen, Christa Dürscheid (PI), (SNSF project, 01.02.15-30.09.18, project website)
  • Place-based map generalization (PlaceGen), Robert Weibel, Ross Purves (PI), (SNSF project, 01.06.14-31.05.18, SNSF)
  • Citizen Linguistics, Marianne Hundt (PI), (SNSF Agora project, 01.03.16-31.05.18, project website)
  • Warp, Woof, Wen / Phoneme, Pattern, Pun: Structural Approaches to Early Chinese Texts, Wolfgang Behr, (SNSF Scientific Exchanges, 01.03.-31.05.18)
  • From Social Interaction to Symbols and Grammar: A Unified Model of Language Evolution and Language Change, Stefan Höfler and Andrew D. M. Smith (PIs) (The Cogito Foundation, project website)
  • Predicting the outcomes of dialect contact using agent-based modelling, Hanna Ruch, (SNSF Scientific Exchanges, 01.11.17-30.04.18)
  • Possession in Vedic Sanskrit: Functional domains and inventory of linguistic expressions, Paul Widmer (PI), (SNSF project, 01.05.15-30.04.18)
  • Öffentlichkeit als Interaktion, Antonia Steger, (Graduate Campus workshop contribution, 01.07.17-31.03.18)
  • The Greater Burma Zone – a transitional zone of languages and peoples, Mathias Jenny (PI) (SNSF project 01.03.14–28.02.18, UZH’s reseach databaseSNSF)
  • Variational Pragmatics: Communicative behavior in Germany and Switzerland, Christa Dürscheid, (Strategische Partnerschaft UZH-FUB, 01.01.17-31.01.18)
  • Regional Linguistic Data Initiative (ReLDI), Tanja Samardžić (PI) (funded by SNSF Scopes, 5/2015-6/2017), more information
  • Basic Natural Language Processing (description), Tanja Samardžić (PI) (funded by Hasler Foundation, 2016-2017)
  • Modelling morphosyntactic area formation in Swiss German (SynMod), Elvira Glaser & Robert Weibel (PI) (funded by SNSF, SynMod period 2/2013-1/2016, SynMod+ period 2/16-4/17), more information
  • International and interdisciplinary conference "Spatial Boundaries and Transitions in Language and Interaction: Perspectives from Linguistics and Geography", 23-28 April, 2017, funded by Congressi Stefano Franscini (CSF)
  • Academic e-learning platforms as virtual spaces, Heiko Hausendorf (PI) (funded by SNSF, 4/12-12/16)
  • Case decay in the Balkan area, Max Wahlström (University of Helsinki) (Kone Foundation, visiting postdoc at Department of Comparative Linguistics from 01.03.- 31.12.16)
  • Large-scale Annotation and Alignment of Parallel Corpora for the investigation of Linguistic Variation (SPARCLING), Marianne Hundt, Martin Volk (PI) (SNSF project, SPARCLING project page)
  • Variation in space and time: clausal complementation in South Slavic, Barbara Sonnenhauser (PI), (SNSF international exploratory workshop, Zurich, March 17–19, 2016, more information)
  • How language shapes our sense of place, Ross Purves, Flurina Wartmann (PI), (Cogito Foundation, 2016, 15-129-R, link to report)
  • Looking for regularity and only finding chaos? Problems and challenges of morphosyntactic (micro)variation in Gallo-Romance dialectal studies, Elisabeth Stark (PI), (SNSF conference contribution, 01.09.-30.09.16)
  • Schrift und Bild in der mobilen Kommunikation, Christa Dürscheid (Alfred Krupp Senior Fellowship, 01.04.-30.09.18)
  • St. Galler Namenbuch: Die Siedlungsnamen des Kantons St. Gallen, Elvira Glaser (PI), (SNSF project, 01.08.12-31.08.16)
  • Schaffhauser Namenbuch: Die Orts- und Flurnamen des Kantons Schaffhausen, Elvira Glaser (PI), (SNSF project, 01.08.13-31.01.16)
  • Partitivity in Romance and Beyond: geographical distribution and grammatical correlations, Elisabeth Stark (PI), (SNSF International Exploratory Workshop funding, 01.12.14-28.02.15)
  • Mobile teaching (description), Heiko Hausendorf (PI) (funded by Stiftung für wissenschaftliche Forschung UZH, 2013)
  • Areal dynamics as a cue to diachronic reconstruction (description), Michele Loporcaro (PI), (funded by Wissenschaftskolleg Berlin 2013/2014)
  • Does syntactic microvariation across Campidanese correlate with dialect sub-areas? (description), Michele Loporcaro (PI), (funded by Regione Autonoma della Sardegna)