Haus 14 - Department Linguistik

The Linguistics Department

The Linguistics Department at the University of Potsdam was founded in 1993, soon after the re-conception of the University in 1991. As one of the largest Linguistics Departments in Germany, the 10 Professors and their research assistants cover a wide range of fields in teaching and research: grammar theory (phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics), language acquisition and language processing, neurolinguistics, computational linguistics (both theoretical and applied), and clinical linguistics.

The Department offers undergraduate degree programs in the fields of theoretical linguistics, computational linguistics, and clinical linguistics, and directs the following international graduate-level training programs: the Master program EMCL (Erasmus Mundus Masters program in Clinical Linguistics), the Master and PhD program IECL (International Programme for Experimental and Clinical Linguistics), and the PhD program IDEALAB (International Doctorate for Experimental Approaches to Language and Brain) which offers admission and funding to applicants on a competitive basis. The department also co-coordinates the international Master program Cognitive Systems together with the Institute for Computer Science. Across the University, all professorships with a focus area overlapping with Linguistics are united in the research cluster "Language" (Forschungscluster "Sprache"). Since October 2008, the departmental professorships form part of the Cognitive Sciences Area of Excellence in the Faculty of Human Sciences.

The Department is located at the University campus Golm, in building 14. The Potsdam Research Institute for Multilingualism is located in building 2. You can find a map of campus Golm here.


New international MSc Linguistics comes into effect - WiSe 2020/21
The new English MSc "Linguistics: Empirical and Theoretical Foundations" is coming into effect in WiSe 2020/21.
Application is possible as of April 1st 2020. Please contact Prof. Doreen Georgi for further information on the application procedure:


SAIAL 2021 - 15-16 April 2021
Virtual conference on Structural Asymmetries in African Languages - organized at the University of Potsdam by Doreen Georgi (University Potsdam), Katharina Hartmann (Goethe University Frankfurt) & Malte Zimmermann (University of Potsdam).
The workshop will be held as a virtual conference via Zoom. Please contact Timea Sarvas to receive access.