The Pragmatics Department focuses on research of spoken German and its variation. Central research topics are the analysis of language use in social interaction and its coordination with bodily and spatial resources in multimodal interaction.
In the project 'Constitution of meaning in social interaction (interactional semantics)', we examine the practices interactants use to define, interpret, negotiate, etc. the local meaning of expressions and actions in interaction.
The project 'Multimodal interaction' studies embodied interaction, spatial aspects of interactional practice and language use in mediated interaction.
For a full list of all projects in German, see here
A second focus of the department is on the construction and dissemination of large corpora of audio- and video-data of contemporary spoken German, among them the Research and Teaching Corpus of Spoken German in social interaction (FOLK) and the development of digital tools and software for transcription and corpus research.