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Formation of Earth and Linguistic Behavior

The German Research Foundation is funding a new Collaborative Research Center at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and extending funding for a CRC/Transregio at Freie Universität Berlin.

News from Nov 26, 2019

At Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin a new Collaborative Research Center (CRC) is being set up the subject of linguistic knowledge. In addition, a joint Transregional Collaborative Research Center (CRC-TRR) between Freie Universität Berlin and the University of Münster that explores the formation of terrestrial planets is being funding for another four-year period.

At Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, the DFG is funding a new CRC 1412 “Register: Language-Users’ Knowledge of Situational-Functional Variation” for an initial four-year period. The scholars will examine aspects of the register knowledge of speakers that individuals use to adapt their linguistic behavior to the respective situation at every language level. Research questions include: What is register knowledge? How can you identify and describe alternatives? Which situation parameters play a role? How can you adequately model register knowledge? The spokesperson for the CRC is Prof. Dr. Anke Lüdeling, a professor of corpus linguistics and morphology at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. An important cooperation partner is the Leibniz-Centre General Linquistics.

An additional funding period was approved for the Transregional Collaborative Research Center (CRC-TRR) “Late Accretion onto Terrestrial Planets.” CRC-TRR 170 is run by teams at Freie Universität Berlin and the University of Münster. The researchers investigate the formation of terrestrial planets – i.e., Earth-like planets – and aim to ascertain the conditions necessary to create a life-sustaining planet like our own. The new funding amounts to around nine million euros. The spokesperson is Professor Thorsten Kleine from the University of Münster’s Institut für Planetologie. The team also includes researchers from Technische Universität Berlin, Museum für Naturkunde Berlin, and the German Aerospace Center.