About Us

Patterns. Linguistic Creativity and Variation in Synchrony and Diachrony is one of seven collaborative research projects at Trier University that have been awarded the status of a High-Potential Research Area by the Research Initiative Rhineland-Palatinate 2019–2023. The project is administered by  the Trier Center for Language and Communication (TCLC)  and brings together a broad range of high-profile, interdisciplinary research in linguistics and in related disciplines at our university.

The joint direction of Trier Center for Language and Communication (TCLC):

The group is comprised of members of the following departments:

Linguistics
• English Studies, German Studies, Yiddish Studies, Romance Studies, Slavic Studies
• Computational Linguistics and Digital Humanities
• Phonetics

Media Studies
• Digital and Audio-Visual Media
• Media, Communication and PR

Psychology and Social Statistics
• Cognitive Psychology
• Survey Statistics

The aim is, on the basis of a quite deliberately broad-based pattern concept and in interdisciplinary co-operation, to conduct extensive empirical research beyond established disciplinary boundaries into linguistic patterns and at the
same time to develop an applicable theory of linguistic patterning.

Central to the project are:

• Investigation and comparison of linguistic patterns at different structural levels (words – texts – discourses) and in different languages.
• Making new data accessible for linguistic pattern research which are not contained in traditional text corpora but which play an important role for speakers, (e.g. informal conversations, non-standard languages and language forms).
• Investigation of the natural conditions for the use and emergence of patterns, which we consider to be a significant component of an applicable empirical description and theoretical modelling of patterning. Such contexts are as a rule multimodal.
• The employment of a variety of different methods and approaches adapted to the data under investigation.

A detailed description can be found here.

A press article about our research program can be found here

Research Cooperations: