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Department of Linguistics

Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology

Deutscher Platz 6
D-04103 Leipzig

phone: +49 (0) 341 3550 - 300
fax: +49 (0) 341 3550 - 333

e-mail: cissewski@[>>> Please remove the brackets! <<<]eva.mpg.de

Announcement: The future

With Bernard Comrie’s retirement on 2015 May 31, the Department of Linguistics at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology (MPI-EVA) will close. For this reason, we have no vacancies for scientific staff, including doctoral and postdoctoral fellows.

Linguistic research from an evolutionary perspective will continue at the new Department of Linguistic and Cultural Evolution, headed by Russell Gray, at the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History. For further information see:


Department of Linguistics

Linguistics start pageLed by Bernard Comrie, the Department of Linguistics studies the diversity of human language and the historical processes underlying this diversity. The researchers are interested in “language universals”, i.e. properties that are common to all human languages, and “language typology”, i.e. properties in which languages differ from each other. Why are language universals and cross-linguistic variation the way they are? To this end, various phenomena across a wide range of languages are studied, and reference is made to formal properties of language, to the cognitive bases of languages, and to aspects of language in use. Grammatical and lexical features are studied, taking into account regional peculiarities, therefore, field work is an important tool of linguistic research.