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About the EZS


The European Linguistics Centre (EZS) is a joint project of the Institute for the German Language in Mannheim (IDS) and Heidelberg University. It combines linguistic research and teaching activities offered by the two institutions in a multilingual, European perspective.

Promoting and further developing a European perspective in linguistic research is urgently needed. In view of political globalization processes, a modern study of languages, looking at their role as basic conveyors of culture and identity, requires the consideration of aspects of languages coming in contact with each other, and multilingualism. The position of individual languages – as languages of science, and as mediators of European political, cultural, economic, legal, and social processes – has to be considered with view to the changing, global set of languages and their individual functions.

All institutes and departments within the Faculty of Modern Languages at Heidelberg University, as well as the departments within the Institute for the German Language have engaged in international cooperation and have established close relations to a number of foreign universities and research institutions. The resulting potential for collaborative language research across borders is brought together in the European Linguistics Centre.

Research areas

The EZS is currently focusing on three research areas:

  1. Lexicology and Lexicography in a European context  (World of Words)
  2. (Corpus linguistic) interaction and discourse analysis in a European context (World of texts)
  3. Grammar in European and typological comparison (World of grammar)

The focus on these three research areas enables the EZS to combine the research strengths of both partner institutions, while it also profit from an excellent linguistic research environment.

In addition to collaborative research, the Centre provides sustainable infrastructure for the training and mentoring of junior researchers in European linguistic research (including doctoral dissertations and postdoctoral research).