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.


Hermann-Paul Lecture

We kindly invite you to the Hermann-Paul Lecture on 22 July 2022  at 10.15 a.m. at FRIAS, Albertstr. 19, 79104 Freiburg. Hans-Jörg Schmid from the chair of Modern English Linguistics at LMU Munich will talk about:

“There is nothing quite so practical as a good theory” (Kurt Lewin). Does this also apply to linguistic theory?

Here you can find the abstract.


Lecture Series "Language & Communication"

We invite you to the lecture series "Language & Communication". Researchers from Freiburg and guests present their research in weekly meetings. The lectures takes place on Fridays, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. in Breisacher Tor, room 205. This semester it is organized by Daniela Marzo and Uta Reinöhl.

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.

The first lecture takes place on April 29, 2022.  All lectures will soon be uploaded to 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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