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Registration for German Courses at the Research Academy Leipzig has opened!


In the upcoming summer semester 2017, starting on 11 April, there will be two German Language Courses taking place at the Research Academy Leipzig.

  • German Language Course "First steps" (for beginners)
  • German Language Course "Let’s speak German" (for advanced learners)

Each course comprises two lessons per week (which amounts to a total of 30 lessons in a semester). Participants agree to a co-payment of 45€. Find more information on the course times and content as well as the application form here.

Inaugural Lecture of the new Leibniz-Professor Stefan Th. Gries on April, 19 2017


The Leibniz-Professor in the summer semester 2017 Prof. Dr. Stefan Th. Gries will hold his inaugural lecture on the topic "On the ole and use of quantitative methods in linguistics" on April, 19 at 5 pm in the...

We cordially invite all those interested to the inaugural lecture and the following reception.

After an adress of welcome by the rector of Leipzig University Prof. Dr. Beate Schücking and a laudation by the director of the Leibniz-Programme Prof. Dr. Monika Wohlrab-Sahr, Prof. Dr. Gries will hold his inaugural lecture on the following topic:

"On the role and use of quantitative methods in linguistics"

Linguistics has always been a very varied and heterogeneous discipline in the sense that, arguably, anything having to do with language can be perceived at least partially as being related to, or part of, linguistics.

Prof. Gries will begin with a brief sketch of how the field of linguistics has evolved over the last 30-40 years to highlight the changes in how language is now studied from both from a theoretical and a methodological view. With regard to the former, much of linguistics has become much more cognitively or psycholinguistically oriented than previously; with regard to the latter, linguistics has become a discipline that relies much more on observational data as well as quantitative/statistical methods.

Prof. Gries will then discuss a variety of case studies that showcase the potential of observational
data studied with quantitative methods for a range of linguistic areas; these include applications on the coming-into-existence of words and other fixed expressions, the relevance/import of spelling in internet discourse, the change of language over time, the learning of language by foreign language learners, and lastly, the application of linguistics in legal settings.

Wednesday, 19 April 2017 - 17:00 - Bibliotheca Albertina

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