– New Research Topic in Frontiers: Rational Approaches in Language Science

Submission is now open for a new topic in FrontiersRational Approaches in Language Science – with topic editors Matthew Crocker, Gerhard Jäger, Gina Kuperberg, Hannah Rohde, Elke Teich and Rory Turnbull.

We invite manuscripts on rational explanations of

  • Language use: behavioural or neurophysiological evidence — whether production or comprehension — for rational processes of speech and language production and perception, as exemplified by expectation-based theories, Bayesian, and noisy-channel models of communication;
  • Language development: evidence for rational strategies in the acquisition of all levels of linguistic structure, including phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, and pragmatics;
  • Language change and language evolution: Corpus-based, typological, or simulation-based evidence regarding the emergent structure of human languages;
  • Situated language use: the influence of visual context and communicative goals. Examples include evidence for expectation-based mechanisms, pragmatic inference, as well as rational encoding strategies.

Keywords: rationality, information theory, bayesian modeling, surprisal theory, entropy, language evolution, psycholinguistics, language change, language production, language development

Find more information here.

– 3rd SFB Networking Workshop (June 29th – 30th)

– 3rd SFB Networking Workshop (June 29th – 30th)

The 3rd SFB networking workshop (Cologne – Potsdam – Saarbrücken) on the Relation of Prominence, Surprisal and Information Structure will take place in Saarbrücken on June 29th – 30th 2020. This series of network meetings brings together researchers from the CRCs in Cologne, Potsdam and Saarbrücken. The aim is to discuss shared themes and methodological approaches of the CRC 1252 „Prominence in Language“CRC 1287 „Limits of Variability in Language“, and CRC 1102 „Information Density and Linguistic Encoding“. More information coming soon.

– LangSci talk by Noah Goodman on Feb 13th!

Noah Goodman from Stanford University will close this semester’s LangSci series with a talk about „Inference and information: the computational basis of referential language use“. The talk will take place in the conference room of building C7.4 at 4:15 pm. Please click here for more details.

– Interview with Elke Teich at CLARIN Annual Conference 2019 now available on YouTube!

Check out an interview with SFB speaker Elke Teich at the 2019 CLARIN Annual Conference in Leipzig where she gave a keynote talk on „Corpus-Driven Investigation of Language Use, Variation and Change – Resources, Models, Tools“.
In the interview Elke Teich discusses the mechanisms of language variation and the value of integrating exploratory, data-driven methods with linguistic micro-analysis. The interview is available on Youtube.

– Reviewing Workshop (Feb 13th)

Workshop: Reviewing (Feb 13, in English)

In this workshop, we will look at the question of what makes good and bad reviewing. Reviewing is an essential part of an academic’s life, just like teaching and writing papers, and yet, it is rarely approached systematically. This workshop will do exactly that.

We will look at existing reviewing guidelines and possible shortcomings thereof. Then, in groups, the participants are encouraged to discuss examples and exchange their own experiences. Prof Bernd Möbius will present the view of publishers and editors and in a panel discussion, Prof Dietrich Klakow, Prof Bernd Möbius, and Prof Annemarie Verkerk will discuss “hot topics” and questions from the participants.

The workshop will be in English and will take place on February 13, 2020, 13h-16h in building A2.2 (Konferenzsaal). For further details, including a full schedule, go here. To register, please drop a message to the SFB coordination at