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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