The Centre for General Linguistics becomes a member of the Leibniz-Association, henceforth to be called Leibniz-Centre for General Linguistics. The BMBF core programme is set to be carried out until the end of 2019.
ZAS receives project funding from the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), replacing the previous project funding by the German Research Foundation (DFG). The funded research programme is entitled Embedding, linking and constituent boundaries in spoken language, grammar and discourse. The basic funding is provided by the State of Berlin, with a number of other projects providing supplemental funding, including the DFG, the Volkswagen Foundation, the European Commission, the European Science Foundation, the Investitionsbank Berlin and the Senate of Berlin.
In its “Recommendation on Developing and Promoting the Humanities in Germany” the science and humanities council deemed the research achievements of ZAS, ZfL (Zentrum für Literatur- und Kulturforschung) and ZMO (Zentrum Moderner Orient) as excellent and recommends their continued activity and funding.
Professor Dr. Manfred Krifka becomes director of ZAS; he is professor at the Humboldt University in Berlin.
Following a recommendation of the science and humanities council and with funding from the Federal State of Berlin and from the German Science Foundation (DFG), the Centers for Advanced Study in the Humanities (GWZ) is founded in 1996. This is a larger organisation hosting not only ZAS but also the Centre for Literary and Cultural Research (Zfl) and the Centre for Modern Oriental Studies (ZMO). Until the end of the first twelve-year funding phase at the end of 2007, most funds were raised from the DFG in various proposal phases. The basic funding provided to ZAS by the state of Berlin covers one third of the current expenses.
ZAS grew out of the Central Institute for Linguistics (ZISW), which belonged to the Academy of Sciences (AdW) of the GDR. In 1992, after Germany's reunification, parts of this internationally renowned institute were incorporated in the "Förderungsgesellschaft Wissenschaftliche Neuvorhaben", run by the Max-Planck-Society, continuing its work under the name Specialist Research Centre for General Linguistics, Typology and Universals Research (FAS). The temporary director of the FAS and founding director of ZAS was Professor Dr. Ewald Lang (*1942 †2013) from Humboldt University in Berlin.