Prof. Dr. Uli Sauerland

Head of Research Area
Schützenstraße 18
10117 Berlin
Room: 414
Phone: +49 30 20192 406

Prof. Dr. Uli Sauerland is Vice Director of the Leibniz Centre for General Linguistics and has a honorary professorship at the University of Potsdam since 2018. He heads the Research Area 4 'Semantics & Pragmatics' and the following programs and projects:

The central question of Uli Sauerland's research is how people give meaning to sentences. He integrates results from language acquisition, field research and other sources to develop mathematically explicit models of this human ability. His expertise has helped to improve the diagnosis of speech disorders and the comprehensibility of medical guidelines.

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»Language acquisition research could contribute as much to European economy as the entire agricultural sector.«
Sauerland, Uli et al. 2016. How do 5-year-olds understand questions? differences in languages across europe. First Language 36(3). 169–202. doi:10.1177/0142723716640236