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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 program EMCL (Erasmus Mundus Masters program in Clinical Linguistics), 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. Across the University, all professorships with a focus area overlapping with Linguistics are united in the research cluster "Language" (Forschungscluster "Sprache"). Since October 2008, the departmental professorships form part of the Cognitive Sciences Area of Excellence 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.


New publication from the Laboratory for Oral Language Acquisition (LOLA) in Frontiers Psychology, section Language Sciences:
Spoken Language Development and the Challenge of Skill Integration
Aude Noiray, Anisia Popescu, Helene Killmer, Elina Rubertus, Stella Krüger & Lisa Hintermeier


SAIAL 2020 - April 27-28, 2020

Workshop on Structural Asymmetries in African Languages - organized at the University of Potsdam by Doreen Georgi (University Potsdam), Katharina Hartmann (Goethe University Frankfurt) & Malte Zimmermann (University of Potsdam)