Areas of research

Prof. Dr. Eduard Werner / Edward Wornar

Contemporary Sorbian language

  • Codification of Sorbian

  • Work in the Upper Sorbian Language Commission in the orthography working group

  • Changes in the morphology of contemporary Sorbian

  • Undocumented phenomena of Upper Sorbian

  • Documentation of the Upper Sorbian lexicon

History of the Sorbian language

  • Linguistic interpretation of Sorbian documents

European minor languages in comparison

  • Comparison of Welsh and Sorbian

Dr. Heinz Richter / Hync Rychtaŕ

Contemporary Sorbian language

  • Development of written Upper Sorbian lexicon, in particular science, technology, politics and administration

  • Compilation and publication of word lists on the internet and in Sorbian media

  • Lexicology and phraseology of written Upper Sorbian

  • Compilation and continuous expansion and publication of a comprehensive collection of phrases, sayings, idioms and collocations

  • Didactic adaptation of latest research results for the Sorbian teacher journal Savshkashula

Dr. Jana Schulz / Jana Šołćina

Sorbian didactics

  • Upper and Lower Sorbian didactics (Upper Sorbian as a native, second and foreign language; Lower Sorbian as a second and foreign language)

  • Didactics of bilingual instruction

  • Concepts and methods of bilingual language acquisition

Contemporary Upper Sorbian language

  • Modernisation of the Upper Sorbian lexicon

  • Lexicography

Dr. hab. hab. Sabine Asmus

  • Sociolinguistics of Welsh

  • Vowel length in Welsh 

  • Lexicography and lexicology of Welsh

  • Welsh grammar and word formation

  • Modern Welsh language, culture and literature

  • Translation theory

  • Comparative studies on the history of Celtic literatures and on Celtic socio-cultural developments


M. A. Cormac Anderson


Vowel length in Welsh:

This is a joint project between members of the Institute of Sorabistik and a researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology to investigate the question of vowel quantity in Modern Welsh. Existing descriptions of Welsh phonology give conflicting rules as to the occurrence of long and short vowels in the language and there is a lack of empirical verification of Welsh vowel quantity. This project aims to 1) develop a corpus and a typology of existing guidelines; 2) conduct acoustic analysis of speech recordings in order to ascertain the essential facts of vowel quantity and quality in Modern Welsh; 3) investigate the implications of the results of this analysis phonologically; and 4) make concrete suggestions about orthography on the basis of the achieved results.

Sound patterns in Irish: typology, representation and change

This is a PhD project which aims to investigate key aspects of Irish, and particularly Old Irish phonology. While Irish has received some interest from the broader linguistic community, there are still critical questions of its phonology which have not received satisfactory explanation. This doctoral project aims to address these questions using an original phonological model based on acoustically-based representational frameworks and recent work in Cognitive Linguistics. The two main topics covered, consonant mutation and consonant quality, are treated in comparative perspective, making a worthwhile contribution to the typological literature on these issues. Both are also treated from a synchronic perspective, within the original phonological framework, and a diachronic one, addressing the longue durée of Irish phonology.

last modified: 06.12.2018