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German Network "Language, Variation, Multilingualism"

The network “Language, Variation, Multilingualism” brings together research clusters, centres, and researchers in Germany who work on linguistic variation, with a focus on contexts of migration and multilingualism.

This thematic area, with its manifold links to different research domains, can particularly benefit from a cooperation of linguistic subdisciplines with each other and with neighbouring disciplines.

The network serves such an exchange across (sub-)disciplines, supports cooperations, and makes shared, overarching research foci visible.

A review and preview of projects within the network can be found in the current 'Janus-Brief 2022' (PDF, 1.3 MB)



Berlin Interdisciplinary Alliance for Multilingualism; Manfred Krifka, Natalia Gagarina, Nathalie Topaj

Centre Language and Interaction

University of Muenster; Susanne Günthner, Nils Bahlo

Centre for Multilingualism

University of Konstanz; Tanja Rinker, Janet Grijzenhout

Class of Language / LIPP

Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich; Claudia Maria Riehl, Andreas Dufter, Hans-Jörg Schmid


University of Hamburg; Sara Fürstenau, Ingrid Gogolin, Drorit Lengyel, Ursula Neumann


Research Center for Interculturality and Multilingualism), University of Erfurt, Csaba Földes, Annick De Houwer

Focus Migration Linguistics and Multilingualism

GAL e.V., Peter Rosenberg, Christoph Schroeder

Focus Multilingualism

IDS Mannheim; Inken Keim

Multilingualism: University of Hamburg

University of Hamburg; Ingrid Gogolin


Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies, University of Freiburg; Peter Auer


International Research Unit for Multilingualism, Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich; Claudia Maria Rie


Interdisciplinary Centre European Languages, Free University of Berlin; Matthias Hüning, Judith Meinschäfer

Language Educational Centre

PH Ludwigsburg; Stefan Jeuk

Lern- und Forschungswerkstatt Deutsch-Treff

University of Paderborn; Elvira Topalović

Network Kobalt-DaF

University of Stuttgart; Heike Zinsmeister


Mannheimer Zentrum für Empirische Mehrsprachigkeitsforschung; Rosemarie Tracy


Potsdam Research Institute for Multilingualism; Harald Clahsen, Claudia Felser

Priorities Bilingualism, Psycolinguistics and Sign Language Research

University of Göttingen; Miriam Ellert, Annika Herrmann, Anke Holler, Nivedita Mani, Markus Steinbach


University Duisburg-Essen; Heike Roll, Magnus Frank, Melanie Beese

Research Unit on Experimental Syntax and Heritage Languages

Humboldt University of Berlin; Artemis Alexiadou

Stuttgart Research Focus Language and Cognition

University of Stuttgart; Sabine Zerbian


Centre "Language, Variation, and Multilingualism", University of Potsdam; Melanie Uth, Ilja A. Seržant, Christoph Schroeder, Arne Peters


Leibniz-Center General Linguistics, Berlin; Manfred Krifka, Artemis Alexiadou, Werner Frey