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Department of Comparative Language Science

Reading Group in Comparative Language Science

The reading group covers all topics of comparative language science in a broad sense, including both within-species comparison of languages, their diachrony, their variation, their acquisition and their processing as well as comparisons  of human linguistic communication with animal communication. We pick up topics in a rotating schema:

  • Diachrony/Typology: spatio-temporal processes, local and universal trends in language change, typological diversity etc.
  • Processing/Learning: processing and acquisition across languages
  • Cross-species comparisons: the origins of language and other communication systems, comparative cognition etc.

Everybody is invited to participate. If you'd like to join, please register in OLAT so you get access to the schedule, papers we read, and emails sent to participants.

PhD students can book the module through the PhD program coordinator and earn 1 ECTS credit by completing the following assignment:

  • paper presentation and discussion lead