The Hermann Paul Centre for Linguistics

The Hermann Paul Centre for Linguistics is an interdisciplinary research institute dedicated to the study of language. Our goal is to gain new insights into current linguistic issues through cooperation and collaboration with other academic disciplines.This entails providing a framework for the consolidation of all linguistically related research currently conducted at the University of Freiburg, thereby facilitating the exchange of ideas necessary for further progress in the field. We are specifically interested in the following research topics:


  • Language as a means of communication
  • Language: emergence, development and variability
  • Language processing and production
  • Language contact(s)
  • Language acquistion, language learning


The Hermann Paul Centre is a member of LingNet, a European network of linguistic research centres.




Lecture Series "Language, Communication & Cognition"

We invite you to the lecture series "Language, Communication & Cognition". Researchers from Freiburg and guests present their research in weekly meetings. The lecture takes place on Fridays, 10:15 - 11:45 a.m. in KG 1, Lecture Hall 1016

Everyone interested in linguistics is invited to join! The lecture series is a platform to exchange ideas, present current research and get creative together.

The program and further information can be found here. All lectures can be found in the HPCL Event Calender.


Linguistic Newsletter Freiburg

This winter semester, we launch the new Linguistic Newsletter Freiburg with weekly lecture announcements etc.

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On April 22, 2021 the new directorate was elected:

  • Prof. Dr. Uta Reinöhl, Direktorin und Sprecherin des HPCL
  • Prof. Dr. Evelyn Ferstl
  • Prof. Dr. Dr. Christian Mair