Research Programme

The Research Training Group (RTG) addresses the phenomenon of ambiguity in a two-fold manner: While the phenomenon has long been the focus of research in many individual disciplines, for the first time we will approach ambiguity in its entirety from an interdisciplinary perspective. Secondly, ambiguity is identified as a point of intersection for language-oriented disciplines.

The question central to the RTG’s endeavours is why communication succeeds, in spite and in many cases because of the presence of multiple meanings. Conversely, it is equally crucial to examine the factors leading to communication failure. By employing an interdisciplinary approach, the goal of our Research Training Group is to comprehend and classify the effects of ambiguity in communication.

A detailed description of the research programme is here.

A selection of outlines of possible interdisciplinary dissertation projects is here.