23 Jun

Diversity4Research: Language and Diversity

Opening hours / Beginning:

12:00 pm - 4:00 pm

23 June 2022


Main building, Kleine Aula Geschwister-Scholl-Platz 1 80539 München

Under the motto Diversity4Research@LMU, various events highlighting the relevance of gender and diversity aspects in research will bring the LMU community together during the summer semester of 2022.

The approximately 7,000 languages of our planet differ considerably in their grammatical structures. Despite this undeniable diversity, linguistics has also long been driven by the goal of describing common features of all languages (so-called universals). Added to this is the effort to do justice not only to global linguistic diversity, but also to the rich variation within languages, i.e., dialects, accents, group languages, and so on. In this respect, English is one of the best researched languages in the world.

In the last 20 years, the development of electronic resources has helped to shed more light on both issues using large amounts of linguistically and sociologically processed data.

In our interactive event we want to give visitors insights into the study of linguistic diversity, especially in relation to English, and offer them the opportunity to explore diversity and universality in the world's languages on the one hand, and in the world language English on the other, with the help of various databases, corpora and electronic tools.In addition, we will use recent theories to show how certain language contact scenarios can lead not only to the extinction or displacement of certain (smaller) languages, but how social diversity and multilingualism in particular give rise to the emergence of new varieties and languages, and thus of cultural spaces.


  • Prof. Dr. Stephanie Hackert
  • Prof. Dr. Ursula Lenker
  • Prof. Dr. Hans-Jörg Schmid
  • Elisabeth Huber
  • Melanie Keller
  • Catherine Laliberté
  • Diana Wengler
  • Quirin Würschinger
  • Carolin Harthan
  • PD Dr. Christine Elsweiler

This event will be held in German and in English. A registration is required. Online you will find more information about the Diversity Initiative.

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