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Centre "Language, Variation, and Migration" at the University of Potsdam

The centre investigates language and language variation in the context of migration – a central topic in modern societies. Its core is in the Philosophical Faculty, with cross-faculty links to cognitive science, and empirical educational science. The centre thus supports a perspective on “Language, Variation, and Migration” that brings together different areas of linguistics, connects them with other disciplines, and provides an umbrella for interdisciplinary research projects.

In addition to this, the centre’s activities encompass a broad and regionally unique Mentoring Program for students who want to focus on topics of language, variation, and migration in their studies and who are interested in carrying out interdisciplinary research.

The centre is part of the German Network "Language, Variation and Migration" that brings together research clusters from linguistics and neighbouring disciplines.


Current issues:

Newsletter 2017

Janus-Letter 2017


Fellowship for Mehmet Öncü

We congratulate Mehmet Öncü for being awarded the Georg Forster Research Fellowship for experienced scientists by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. He will use this opportunity to do research at the Centre “Language, Variation, and Migration”. We are looking forward to working with him for the next years. 


2017 Humboldt Alumni Award for Innovative Networking Initiatives

We congratulate Prof. Athina Sioupi (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki) on winning the Humboldt Alumni Award for Innovative Networking Initiatives. Among other things, she will use the prize money to promote the cooperation with the Centre.


Special Research Area 1287

The SFB 1287: "Limits of Variability in Language: Cognitive, Grammatical, and Social Aspects" is granted by the German Research Foundation. This includes the financial support of our members' research projects in the area. For more information go to Research or to the project's website.


"March for Science" 

On April 22nd 2017, thousands of people worldwide joined the "March for Science" to support science and the freedom of research and teaching. In Berlin, members and friends of the Centre "Language, Variation, and Migration" also gathered to join the protest. Our participation has been perceived and acknowledged:

Tagesschau, April 22nd 2017
University of Potsdam, report of the event



Prof. Dr. Heike Wiese, Contemporary German Language

Prof. Dr. Gerda Haßler, Romance Studies and Applied Linguistics
Prof. Dr. Christoph Schroeder, German as a Foreign and Second Language
Prof. Dr. Agi Schründer, Primary School Education and Teachning Methodology
Prof. Dr. Isabell Wartenburger, Patholinguistics

Maria Pohle
Lydia Gornitzka
, Franziska Nojack

Flavia Adani, Nils Bahlo, Margaret Blevins, Manuela Böhm, Verónica Böhm, Philip Bracker, Jana Brunner, Oliver Bunk, Judith Butterworth, Ulrike Demske, Sibylle Duda, Gisbert Fanselow, Ulrike Freywald, Jana Gamper, Doreen Georgi, Joachim Gessinger, Matthias Granzow-Emden, Gerda Haßler, Mark Hillebrand, Barbara Höhle, Esther Jahns, Willi Jasper, Linda John, Reinhold Kliegl, Eva Kimminich, Peter Kosta, Philipp Krämer, Janosch Leugner, Verena Maar, Katharina Mayr, Hans G. Müller, Nicole Palliwoda, Kerstin Paul, Arne Peters, Maria Pohle, Sören Schalowski, Christin Schellhardt, Christoph Schroeder, Agi Schründer, Kathleen Schumann, Patrick Seeger, Anke Sennema, Yazgül Şimşek, Thomas Stehl, Silke Ullmann, Shravan Vasishth, Isabell Wartenburger, Heike Wiese, Hans-Georg Wolf, Till Wörfel, Seda Yilmaz, Venera Yusupova, Natalia Zakharova

Lisa Brabänder, Luisa Koch, Henryk Meyer, Franziska Nojack, Anna C. Oliveira Mendes, Johanna Peschke, Julia Schlauch, Britta Schulte, Natalie Sürmeli, Simon Titze, Jana Volpers

Former students:
Margaret Blevins, Veronica Bove, Oliver Bunk, Yasemin Can, Anna-Katharina Czwalinna, Ilaria De Cesare, Patricia Dietrich, Louise Eley, Linda Gennies, Lydia Gornitzka, Iuna Hoffmann, Justyna Hryniewicz, Amy Hunter, Linda John, Mandy Köppen, Inès Lamari, Romina Meyer, Olesya Mrelkina, Olya Nevskaya, Greg Nissan, Julia Reinhardt, Jens Roeser, Helen Schmehl, Gülrucan Toy, Marie Upahl, Emiel Visser, Tamara Vogel, Çiğdem Yiğ