Second Phase of SFB 1102 IDeAL approved

The collaborative research centre 1102 “Information Denstity and Linguistic Encoding”, funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG), has been granted approx. 11 million euros for a four-year extension starting in July 2018. The CRC directed by Elke Teich brings together around 60 scientists from the fields of Linguistics, Psychology and Computer Science to investigate the hypothesis that language variation and language use can be better understood in terms of a speaker’s desire to rationally distribute information across the linguistic signal.

Published article about Katrin Menzel‘s research on the “Philosophical Transactions”

Saarland University’s online magazine „Campus“ has published an article about Katrin Menzel (Project B1: Information Density and Scientific Literacy in English – Synchronic and Diachronic Perspectives) and her group’s  research on how scientific English has changed over the years, based on an analysis of the first 200 editions of the  “Philosophical Transactions” of the Royal Society of London, the world’s first science journal.

The full article can be found here.



Newly published overview article on IDeaL


We introduce IDeaL (Information Density and Linguistic Encoding), a collaborative research center that investigates the hypothesis that language use may be driven by the optimal use of the communication channel. From the point of view of linguistics, our approach promises to shed light on selected aspects of language variation that are hitherto not sufficiently explained. Applications of our research can be envisaged in various areas of natural language processing and AI, including machine translation, text generation, speech synthesis and multimodal interfaces.

The full article can be found here.

New SFB Research Project approved

The German Research Foundation (DFG) has approved the Research Project B6 – Aspects of Information Density in Human and Machine Translation as of August 1st 2015. The Project will be coordinated by Prof. Josef van Genabith.

More details coming soon.

UdS Graduate Centre inaugurated

On Monday, Saarland University opened its new Graduate Centre as a building in which young scientists will be able to work and organise meetings or small conferences. The opening ceremony for the Graduate Centre, which brought together researchers from all disciplines under the heading “Science and Humanities in the Digital World“,  included a talk by SFB speaker Elke Teich entitled “Language – Text – Information” (Please click here for the presentation slides).

For further information on the new Graduate Centre, please click here.

Radio interview with Elke Teich

In an interview with radio station SR 2 aired on April 16, Elke Teich gave an overview of the research conducted in the SFB 1102. You can access the audio file of the interview here.