Welcome to the website of the Linguistics Department at the University of Potsdam.
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Online Assessment Test
To help prospective students to choose between our different linguistics programs (general linguistics, clinical linguistics , and computational linguistics ), we offer an online self-assessment test. These tests and questionnaires provide an overview of the content and the requirements that we believe are necessary for successful studies.
The Department Linguistics congratulates Dr. Lena Jäger for receiving the Dissertation Prize 2016 of the University of Potsdam. In her dissertation, Dr. Jäger investigated two different linguistic structures (relative clauses, and antecedent-reflexive constructions) in three languages (Chinese, German, Swedish), to answer two questions in the field of psycholinguistics: (1) How do syntactic constraints and working memory interact during speech processing? (2) How do probabilistic constraints and working memory interact during speech processing? To answer these questions, she conducted seven experiments, four in Chinese, two in German, and a further experiment in Swedish. Through these experiments, Dr. Jäger has shown that (1) syntactic limitations play a smaller role in certain constructions than previously thought and that (2) probabilistic constraints play a dominant role in certain syntactic constructions. Dr. Jäger's thesis is a very important contribution, both theoretically and empirically, to the research areas psycholinguistics and cognitive science.
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 three degree programs in the fields of theoretical linguistics, computational linguistics, and clinical linguistics, and directs three international 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. 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.