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Prof. Dr. Birgit Hellwig

Current research projects

Documentation of children's speech: Qaqet Baining of Papua-Neuguinea (Volkswagenstiftung, Lichtenberg Programme)

This projects integrates perspectives from speech documentation, language acquisition (Psycholinguistics) and speech socialisation (Anthropology), to document the children's language under the Qaqet Bainin. More information here.


Split ergativity in Tima

Together with Gerrit Dimmendaal und Gertrud Schneider-Blum we research synchronic and diachronic aspects of split ergativity in Tima, a sudanese Niger-Kongo-language. More information here. The project is part of the DFG-funded Sonderforschungsbereich 1215 Prominence in Language.


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