A01: Integration of linguistic resources in highly diverse urban settings: Stretching the limits of variability

This project investigates the multilingual setting of an urban street market, where speakers routinely draw on a large range of linguistic resources. So far, research on such settings has focused on their characteristic diversity and fluidity. In contrast, our investigation will target stability; it will be led by the hypothesis that the observable and sometimes outwardly chaotic variability is not a matter of ‘anything goes’, but might rather be delimitated by systematic patterns and restrictions. In order to capture this great variability and its constraints, we combine ethnographical and sociolinguistic methods with grammatical analyses and theoretical linguistic modelling.


Prof. Dr. Heike Wiese

PI A01


Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Lehrstuhl für Deutsch in multilingualen Kontexten
Institut für deutsche Sprache und Linguistik
Dorotheenstraße 24, Room 3.322
10117 Berlin

Prof. Dr. Ulrike Freywald

PI A01


Technische Universität Dortmund
Professur für Linguistik des Deutschen: Grammatik und Fachdidaktik
Emil-Figge-Straße 50, Room 3.115
44227 Dortmund

Kathleen Schumann


Campus Am Neuen Palais
Institute for German Studies
Am Neuen Palais 10, Room 11.001
14469 Potsdam


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