One of the core responsibilities of the IZ-ZEUS is the expansion of linguistics research activities in an interdisciplinary context. One research focus is the comparative study of European languages, including the minority and minor languages, as well as creoles. To lend the IZ-ZEUS a truly European scope, it strives to include as many languages from the European continent as possible; in addition, contrastive studies with non-European languages are encouraged.
Current and planned areas of concentration include the following:
- Linguistic typology with special attention to new empirical methods and with particular attention to the European languages
- Historical grammar and typology, particularly studies of typological change in the Germanic and Romance languages
- Extension and refinement of linguistic models
- Comparative studies of first and second languages acquistion with reference to European languages
- Studies of linguisitic variability in European languages as well as of creoles based on these languages and languages of minorities
- Sociolinguistic studies of languages within the European Union and elsewhere in Europe
- Research on brain stuctures and mechanisms involved in language
Please consult the list of completed and current research projects for further information. If you are interested specifically in a planned research project, please write to firstname.lastname@example.org or to individual participants, via their home-page addresses.