Research Themes

The research work from 2020 will be oriented towards specific research themes which will determine the work for at least four to six years in the medium term. In the ideal case, a research theme calls for the expertise of two or more research areas and thus strengthens cooperation across the research areas. Research topics are presented to the Scientific Advisory Board, evaluated by it and, if necessary, modified by ZAS staff.

For the period up to the end of 2023, the scientists at the ZAS are working on eight research topics, to which each of the four research areas contributes differently:

  • Meaning and cognition
  • Domains across linguistic modules
  • Multimodality, motion, production and perception
  • Social meaning
  • Language documentation & archiving
  • Language contact
  • Speech acts and perspective
  • Speaker’s choice and language use