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 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 and the Bachelor program Cognitive Science together with the Department of Psychology. All departmental professorships form part of the Research Focus Cognitive Sciences and the intra-faculty unit Cognitive Science 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.

Prof. Dr. Jürgen Weissenborn

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Photo: aus dem Privatarchiv der Familie Weissenborn

Mit großer Betroffenheit haben wir erfahren, dass unser Kollege Prof. Dr. Jürgen Weissenborn am 28. Februar 2022 im Alter von 84 Jahren verstorben ist. Jürgen Weissenborn kam im Jahr 1994 vom Max-Planck-Institut für Psycholinguistik an die Universität Potsdam. Bis zu seiner Emeritierung hatte er die Professur für Psycholinguistik mit dem Schwerpunkt Spracherwerb inne. Jürgen Weissenborn gehört zu der Gründungsgeneration des jetzigen Departments Linguistik. Sein interdisziplinärer Geist, sein scharfer theoretisch-linguistischer Blick, seine Faszination für alle Facetten des kindlichen Spracherwerbs, seine innovativen Forschungsansätze, seine Initiierung von und Beteiligung an großen Forschungsverbünden des Departments und seine vielen Kooperationen mit Kolleginnen und Kollegen aus aller Welt haben die Entwicklung und das heutige Profil der Linguistik in Potsdam maßgeblich geprägt. Wir werden die Spuren, die sein umfangreiches wissenschaftliches Werk hinterlassen hat, bewahren und seine Kollegialität, seinen Humor und seine menschliche Zugewandtheit in dankbarer Erinnerung behalten.
Die Mitarbeiterinnen und Mitarbeiter des Departments

 

We were deeply saddened to learn that our colleague Prof. Dr Jürgen Weissenborn passed away on 28 February 2022 at the age of 84. Jürgen Weissenborn came to the University of Potsdam in 1994 from the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics. Until his retirement, he held the professorship for psycholinguistics with a focus on language acquisition. Jürgen Weissenborn belongs to the founding generation of the current Department of Linguistics. His interdisciplinary spirit, his sharp theoretical-linguistic eye, his fascination for all facets of child language acquisition, his innovative research approaches, his initiation of and participation in major research networks of the department and his many collaborations with colleagues from all over the world have significantly shaped the development and current profile of linguistics in Potsdam. We will preserve the traces left by his extensive scientific work and keep his collegiality, his humour and his human approach in grateful memory.
The Department of Linguistics

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Photo: aus dem Privatarchiv der Familie Weissenborn