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writing couple | Illustration: Andreas Töpfer

The better half – Female writers and the „writing couple“

In literature, so-called “writing couples” have attracted a lot of interest for decades. Literary scholar Hannah Gerlach offers the first... more
Prof. Dr. Peer Trilcke and Prof. Dr. Heiko Christians | Photo: Sandra Scholz

“The struggle for new technologies and old prestige” – talking about books, technology and the role of digital humanities in the 21st century

The humanities love the book. And the book loves the humanities. But since the digital has entered culture and science, YouTube and Netflix... more
Titelblatt einer Ausgabe der Clauert-Geschichten von 1673. | Foto: Kaya Neutzer

The Eulenspiegel of the Mark – Why a Brandenburg Prankster Could Turn a Literary Genre Upside Down

Pranksters who play practical jokes on others, make (almost) everyone laugh, and get away with it, are universally known. That there is someone else... more
Sprache hilft dank ihrer Variabilität, Brücken zu bauen. Bild: Fotolia/hurca.com.

Testing the Limits – A Special Research Area Investigates How Flexible Language Really Is

It’s Friday morning at a weekly market in Berlin. Those who visit the Maybachufer market in the district of Neukölln are treated to a little journey... more
Foto: Lydia Gornitzka

Urban Talks

Getting Involved in Linguistics
Big cities are as diverse in their languages as they are in their people. Dialects, accents, slang, and youth language – they open up most interesting... more