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Summer Semester 2024

Winter Semester 2023/24

Neue Publikation von Wojciech Lewandowski und Ozcaliskan Seyda: Der Artikel "Translating motion events across physical and metaphorical spaces in structurally similar versus structurally different languages" wurde in der Zeitschrift  Metaphor & Symbol veröffentlicht.

As part of the "Forschungscolloquium Romanistische Sprachwissenschaft"Melanie Uth, Patrick Auhagen and Iñaki Cano will give a lecture on "Exploring the limits of variability in Spanish relative complementation - first results" at the FU Berlin on January 17 2024.

On Tuesday, January 16 2024, Prof. Dr. Marco García García from the University of Cologne will give a guest lecture on "Delimiting the variability of Differential Object Marking in Romance". The lecture will take place as part of the C09 project at 16:30 on the Golm campus, House 14, Room 0.32.

Patrick Auhagen will give a lecture on January 12 2024 on the topic "Locative relativizer usage in mono- and bilingual speakers of Yucatecan Spanish". It will take place via Zoom as part of a conference on "Bilingualism in the Hispanic and Lusophone World" at the Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla, México.

New publication by Wojciech Lewandowski with Şeyda Özçalışkan (2023): Metaphorical events in translation: Does language type matter? Lingua.

As part of the Linguistic Lecture Series, Melanie Uth and Patrick Auhagen will give a lecture on "Grenzen der Variabilität bei spanischen Relativsatzkomplementierern" on Wednesday, December 13 2023. Further information can be found at

On Monday, November 27 2023, Patrick Auhagen will present a lecture on "Labeling and the dual function of the complementizer 'donde que' in Huari Spanish" at the "VII Encuentro sobre dialectos del español" as part of the subproject C09 (SFB 1287). More information is available at VII SpaDiSyn UCM.

On November 20 2023, the Red de Diversidad Lingüística en Colombia (ReDiLeC) will once again host a panel. The third event in this series will focus on linguistic and socio-cultural practices in the Colombian Caribbean. More information on the lectures and participants can be found at

In October, María del Mar Vanrell from the Universitat de les Illes Balears and Melanie Uth published a new paper on language and tourism entitled "Multilingualism and tourism: insights from the Yucatan Peninsula and Majorca" in ENERGEIA. ONLINE JOURNAL FOR LINGUISTICS, LANGUAGE PHILOSOPHY AND HISTORY OF LINGUISTICS.

We are delighted to announce that Jan Fliessbach, in collaboration with Lucia Tovena, Damien Fleury (both from U. Paris Cité, LLF) and Johanna Rockstroh (U. Bremen), has been awarded a Procope grant (DAAD, Campusfrance) for the years 2024 and 2025. The project is entitled "PaCoCo: Parallel Corpus Exploration of Interrogatives with French 'Comment'".

In October 2023, Wojciech Lewandowski and Seyda Ozcaliskan published the first results of his Heisenberg project in the journal Cognitive Linguistics: Running across the mind or across the park: does speech about physical and metaphorical motion go hand in hand?

As part of the "Lengua y Turismo" project, an excursion to Mallorca will start on October 16, in which some of the department's staff and students will take part.  Melanie Uth will give a lecture on "En procura de "lo maya" en las guías turísticas alemanas de la península de Yucatán" at the Universitat de les Illes Balears in Palma de Mallorca on October 20.

Summer Semester 2023

New publications by Melanie Uth in August:

"Socialización lingüística y preservación de lenguas: una mirada de fuera a la relación entre actitudes, agencia y transmisión intergeneracional de las lenguas en la península de Yucatán", Diario de Campo 11, together with Eriko Yamasaki

Self-portrait in Romance Studies in the Past and Present 28 (1)

On September 27 2023, Jan Fliessbach will present his lecture on "Über ‚fehlende‘ Verben in französischen und spanischen wie-das(s)-Interrogativsätzen" at the "38. Romanistentag" in Leipzig. The lecture will take place from 14:45 to 15:30 in Section 3 "NULL in Morphologie und Syntax", organized by Peter Herbeck & Natascha Pomino. Further details on the program can be found on the official website.

On Friday, August 25 2023, Patrick Auhagen will present a poster at the UMLV Summer School (Understanding and Modeling Linguistic Variability) as part of subproject C09. The title is "Noun phrase accessibility and complementizer variation in Spanish clefts". More information is available at


On Tuesday, August 8 2023, at 2:15 pm, Wojciech Lewandowski will present his paper Running across the mind or across the park: Does speech about physical and metaphorical motion go hand in hand? at the 16th International Cognitive Linguistics Conference.

This July, Jan Fliessbach and Johanna Rockstroh will present their work "On the interaction of wh-placement and situational verbs in French partial interrogatives" at the 18th International Pragmatics Conference in Brussels.


On July 04 2023 Patrick Auhagen will give a talk "On the role of antecedent accessibility in Spanish relativizer variation" as part of the Syntax-Semantics Colloquium. It will take place from 14:15-15:45 at the Golm campus, in room 14.0.09. All interested parties are cordially invited.

At the end of June, Melanie Uth will travel to Colombia to hold a bilateral course in collaboration with the Universidad Tecnológica de Pereira and to establish collaborations with Colombian colleagues in Pereira and Manizales.

New release in June | A revised version of Jan Fliessbach's dissertation titled "The intonation of expectations: On marked declaratives, exclamatives, and discourse particles in Castilian Spanish" was published by Language Science Press as part of the Open Romance Linguistics series. You can read and download the book here

Nina Reuther will be holding an interactive session on "Language as a mirror of looking at the (surrounding) world" in the seminar "Sprachliche Diversität und Typologie", bringing with her experiences and illustrative examples from her indigenous European background. The seminar will take place on June 19 2023 from 16-18 h (c.t.). All those who are interested are cordially invited,  please register in advance with Melanie Uth.

Andreas Hölzl will give a lecture on "Zeitkonzeption und -versprachlichung im Sprach- und Kulturvergleich" in the seminar Sprachliche Diversität und Typologie on June 12 2023 (from 16:15 to 17:45 in room If you are interested, you are cordially invited to attend the lecture. Please register in advance with Melanie Uth (

On June 7 2023, Wojciech Lewandowski will give his first lecture at the University of Potsdam on the topic "Spatial events in native and second language production contexts" in the context of the Linguistic Lecture Series by the Zentrum für Sprache, Variation und Mehrsprachigkeit. Further information can be found on the SVM website.

On June 5, 2023 from 16:00 to 18:00 the panel "Multilingüismo en Amazonia colombiana: lenguas, identidades y educación" will take place via Zoom. Further information and registration can be found here.

We are delighted to welcome the new Heisenberg Fellow Wojciech Lewandowski to our team from June 1 2023, who will spend five years at the University of Potsdam researching „Gesten im Blick: Wie Gesten das Sprachenlernen widerspiegeln und erleichtern“ at the University of Potsdam. More information will be available on our website soon.

As part of the guest lectures of the SVM (Zentrum für Sprache, Variation, Mehrsprachigkeit), Ana María Reyes-Vujovic will give a lecture on "Das Tikuna und der linguistische Kontakt zum Spanischen im Amazonas Gebiet Kolumbiens" on May 31, 2023. For more information, please visit the SVM website, where other exciting lectures will also be announced.

New edition available: Historische Linguistik – die Entwicklung von Sprachen über die Zeit. Article by Melanie Uth in: Klabunde, R., Mihatsch, W. (eds), Eine Einführung (nicht nur) für Germanisten, Romanisten und Anglisten.

New members: We are happy to welcome Miriam Rettelbach as a research/student assistant and Ana María Reyes-Vujovic as a research assistant (pre-doc) from April 2023!

Winter semester 2022/23

In March and April 2023 Jan Fliessbach will be a visiting scholar at the Université Paris Cité on the "Projet LABEX Empirical Foundations of Linguistics" with Lisa Brunetti and Evangelia Adamou in the research area "MarCo Axe 2 (Experimental grammar):  Marked constructions and information structure".

Thursday, 23th of February 2023: "El rol de la prosodia variable de los préstamos lingüísticos españoles en la categorización del xe’ek’ maya entre maya hispanizado y lengua mixta"Presentation by Melanie Uth at XXIII. Deutschen Hispanistentag, University of Graz.

From January 16th to 20th, we welcome the visiting scientists Élodie Blestel from the Université Sorbonne Nouvelle and Santiago Sánchez Moreano from the Open University! For more information, please feel free to visit their guest profile on our website.

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On Friday, January 13, 2023 at 10h00, we are offering an information session via Zoom where students can find out about the Erasmus+ exchange program at the Universitat de les Illes Balears (UIB) in Mallorca. For more information click here.

We are happy to welcome Felix Post as a research/student assistant from January 2023 at our chair!

New publication in November: Article by Melanie Uth and Patrick Auhagen on Variation of Relative Complementizers in Yucatecan Spanish: A Comparison of Monolingual and Bilingual Speakers in Languages.

Our project Limits of variability in Spanish relative complementation was approved by the DFG, German Research Foundation! For about 3 years, Patrick Auhagen, Iñaki Cano and PI Melanie Uth, together with six international cooperation partners,  will research the limits of variability in Spanish relative clauses within the framework of CRC 1287, Limits of variability in language.

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Summer semester 2022

Friday, September 23 2022: « Les mots populaires » zwischen Wörterbuch und Sprachkorpus. Presentation by Melanie Uth and Sascha Diversy at the 13. Kongress des Frankoromanistenverbands, University of Vienna.

24.08.2022: A press report on Mallorca-Potsdam teaching cooperation by Melanie Uth and Iñaki Cano with the University of the Balearic Islands was published in "Neues aus der UP" (in German).

New publication in August: Article by Melanie Uth on Labialization of word-final nasals in Yucatecan Spanish: Language contact, local identity, and prosodic prominence marking in Journal of Language Contact.

Tuesday, 19.07.2022 at 2 pm: Biokulturelle Diversität – über den Zusammenhang zwischen linguistischer und agrobiologischer Vielfalt auf der Halbinsel Yucatán, Mexiko. Lecture by Dr. Eriko Yamasaki (Philipps-Universität Marburg) in our seminar "Sprachdiversität und Typologie".

Abstract to the lecture (pdf, in German)

Wednesday, 06.07.2022: La variabilidad de los complementadores de relativo en español yucateco: ¿fenómeno regional, de contacto, o residuo histórico?  Talk by Patrick Auhagen beim XXX. Congreso Internacional de Lingüística y Filología Románicas, Sección 8 Sociolingüística, Lingüística variacional y contacto de lenguas, Universidad de La Laguna, Tenerife, Spain.

Thursday, 30.06.2022: Variation von Relativsatzkomplementierern  im Yukatekischen Spanisch. Invited talk held by Patrick Auhagen and Melanie Uth and in the Master- und Doktorand*innen-Kolloquium der Romanistischen Linguistik, Romanischen Seminar,  Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg.

Wednesday, 29.06.2022: Que galicado und donde-Effekt: Variabilität von Relativsatzkomplementieren im Yukatekischen Spanisch. Invited talk held by Patrick Auhagen and Melanie Uth in the  Oberseminar Romanistische Linguistik 2022, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München.

From 30.05.-26.06.2022 we welcome the visiting scientist Dr. Enrique Arias Castaño from the Universidad Tecnológica de Pereira (UTP), Colombia! For more information, please feel free to visit his guest website at the Univeristy Potsdam.

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Winter semester 2021/22

Friday, 04.03.2022: "Multilingüismo y turismo: visiones desde la península de Yucatán y Mallorca". Talk by Melanie Uth and Maria del Mar Vanrell (UIB) in the Seminaris Virtuals 2021-2022 of the GRESIB (Grup de Recerca Sociolingüísica de les Illes Balears), Universitat de les Illes Balears (Palma, Spain).

Thursday, 01.02.2022: "Relative complementation in Yucatecan Spanish - patterns of variability between simplification and language contact". Invited talk held by Melanie Uth and Patrick Auhagen in the Syntax-Semantics Colloquium, Department of Linguistics, University of Potsdam.

From 2-15 December, we welcome the visiting scholar Dr. Maria del Mar Vanrell Bosch from the Universitat de les Illes Balears (UIB), Mallorca, at the Chair of Spanish and French Linguistics as part of a new Erasmus+ academic partnership. For more information, please feel free to visit her guest webpage with us.

We thank Lisa Arndt for her commitment and wish her every success in her next projects.
Patricia Graziani Lozada will join the chair as a student assistant on 01.12.2021. Welcome!

From 01.10.2021 we warmly welcome the new members of our academic staff
Jan Fliessbach (Post-Doc) and
Patrick Auhagen (Pre-Doc). Welcome to the team!

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