Seminar für Sprachwissenschaft

Research Apprenticeships

The goal of a research apprenticeship is to convey practical experience in the focal research topics of our institute and to lead students through individual guidance to independent research. Students are expected to work independently and to be self-motivated. Mentors will offer guidance, feedback and advice in regular meetings or other appropriate form.

Below is a list of possible topics offered by various members of our institute. Interested students should contact potential mentors for further information.



Information and Language


Language, Variation & Change, Language Structure


Christian Bentz

Human language is an information encoding device. This apprenticeship aims to

familiarize students with the theory of information and how it relates to research in linguistics.

The RA offers several topics: 1) language variation: information-theoretic accounts of linguistic

diversity, 2) language change: the evolution of information-encoding in human languages, 3) language

structure: investigating the difference between language and other communication systems.

Depending on preferences and skills, these topics can entail detailed literature reviews, (small scale)

corpus building, basic statistical analyses and visualizations with R.



Studying Dialect Data


Language, Variation & Change, Language Structure


Igor Yanovich

Spoken languages vary from town to town and village to village. That variation has been

recorded by dialectologists in impressive surveys published as dialectological atlases. Such

atlases represent a snapshop of the living language in its diversity, and can even allow researchers

a good view into the past. In this project, you will learn more about how dialects can differ from

each other and how they can be structured linguistically and geographically. The practical part of

the internship will involve working with a dialectological atlas, both by hand and electronically, in

order to better understand the information hidden in the atlas’s maps.


title Phonetics, Morphology and the Cognitive Aspects thereof
areas Language Processing, Language Structure and Language, Variation and Change
contact Harald Baayen
  For possible topics or research fields please consult the webpage of the group Quantitative Linguistics.
title Phonetics, Morphology, Quantitative Linguistics
areas Language Processing, Language Structure
contact Fabian Tomaschek
  A Research Apprenticeship with Dr. Fabian Tomaschek will be possible from September 2019 onwards.


title Historical Linguistics and Language Evolution
areas Language, Variation & Change, Language Structure
contact Gerhard Jäger

For possible topics or research fields please contact Prof. Dr. Gerhard Jäger.

title Experimental Phonetics and Experimental Psycholinguistics
areas Language Processing
contact Dr. Ching-Chu Hendrix-Sun

The laboratory of Quantitative Linguistics is equipped with special-purpose facilities and equipment for conducting a variety of behavioural and psycholinguistic experiments, such as eye tracking, self-paced reading, picture naming and lexical decision. We also have a wide range of special devices available for phonetic experiments. For example, high-quality voice recording, ultrasound machine for recording tongue movements and electromagnetic articulography (EMA) for tracking the position of parts of the mouth.

If you are interested in learning how to use the lab equipment for acquisition of linguistic data, you are welcome to contact Dr. Ching-Chu Sun.