The way people use language exhibits a high degree of variability at all levels of linguistic description. At the same time, some linguistic features seem to be more stable, or robust, than others. By exploring the systematicity and the limits of variability in linguistic behaviours, the main focus of the SFB will lie on identifying the constraints of the underlying linguistic system. The projects will jointly evaluate and model the limits, relations, dependencies, and commonalities of different types of variability across a range of linguistic phenomena from the perspectives of (A) language interaction and change, of (B) language processing, and of (C) the grammar systems. We aim to get a clearer picture of the underlying mental representations and processing architectures in the individual and of the grammatical options that are inherent in a language, in a specific variety of that language, or in a particular language-contact situation, with the final goal of improving linguistic, psycho-/neurolinguistic, and computational models of language.
Faculty of Arts, German Dept., University of Potsdam www.uni-potsdam.de/germanistik/
Human Sciences Faculty, Cognitive Sciences, Dept. Linguistics, University of Potsdam www.ling.uni-potsdam.de/
Human Sciences Faculty, Cognitive Sciences, Dept. Psychology, University of Potsdam www.psych.uni-potsdam.de/
Human Sciences Faculty, Cognitive Sciences, Potsdam Research Institute for Multilingualism, University of Potsdam www.uni-potsdam.de/prim/
Faculty of Humanities, Dept. Language Science and Technology, Saarland University www.coli.uni-saarland.de/