Integrated Graduate School

The main aim of the Integrated Research Training Group Register Knowledge is to train a generation of future scholars in the linguistic study of register knowledge. For the 24 doctoral students working in CRC Register, the MGK will provide a set of specific qualification strategies including methods schools, mentoring, exchange stays and peer-to-peer networking events, and with its open recruitment for one-year student fellowships it will underpin the excellence and diversity strategy of the CRC.

Upcoming MGK events: MGK mini course series 2022

  • Scientific Writing with Shanley Allen
  • Miriam Meyerhoff
  • Elin McCready

Fellowship program

The MGK regularly provides fellowships for up to 1-year to PhD students(-to-be) who work on CRC’s research topics. A call for a new round of fellowships is open now (Deadline November 15th). Please find the call here.

Current fellows are

Erica Conti (C07) Seda Esersin (MGK/A05) Kohei Haneda (MGK/C03) Ana-Maria Pleșca (C03)

Previous MGK fellowship recipients:

Adler Zhou (A01), Shujun Wan (C04), Maggie Bullock Oliveira (C06), Tyler Kibbey (A01), Fenia Karkaletsou (B01), Lea-Sophie Adam (C06), Alina Zöllner (C06), Alena Baumgärtner (C05), Antonina Jamrozik (A05),Zahra Farokhnejad (A06),J Abishek Stephen (C04)

Regular MGK events

MGK gatherings: Monthly meetings for news exchange and discussion of current interests, needs and problems.

PhD lunches: Regular peer-to-peer meetings for open exchange, collaboration and mutual support for their PhD projects. C&C meetings: Monthly career and community meetings with invited guests to share valuable career advice and experience. These meetings may help the PhD students and early career postdocs to develop and adjust their career paths. PhD workshops: The MGK is a member of the Humboldt Graduate School, the umbrella organization for graduate programs at HU Berlin. Our PhD students and early career postdocs can chose from a number of high-quality workshops and training sessions on topics such as academic writing, presentations skills, time management etc.

Previous MGK events

PhD Toolkit 101 External workshop by Scholar Minds (May/June 2021)

INF/MGK Methods School II R Markdown and Python by INF, session on INCEpTION by Patrick Saliger from A01 (May 2021)

LaTeX4Linguists External workshop by Antonio Machicao y Priemer (Nov. 2020)

INF/MGK Methods School I Mini course by Heather Burnett on Sociolinguistic variation and change in game-theoretic pragmatics, Working with corpora and corpus data by INF, session about Eye-tracking and the visual world paradigm by Angela Patarroyo from B03 (Sept. 2020)



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Publications & Presentations



  • Pescuma, Valentina Nicole; Serova, Dina; Lukassek, Julia; Sauermann, Antje; Schäfer, Roland; Adli, Aria; Bildhauer, Felix; Egg, Markus; Hülk, Kristina; Ito, Aine; Jannedy, Stefanie; Kordoni, Valia; Kühnast, Milena; Kutscher, Silvia; Lange, Robert; Lehmann, Nico; Liu, Mingya; Lütke, Beate; Maquate, Katja; Mooshammer, Christine; Mortezapour, Vahid; Müller, Stefan; Norde, Muriel; Pankratz, Elizabeth; Patarroyo, Angela Giovanna; Plesca, Ana-Maria; Ronderos, Camilo R.; Rotter, Stephanie; Sauerland, Uli; Schulte, Britta; Schüppenhauer, Gediminas; Sell, Bianca Maria; Solt, Stephanie; Terada, Megumi; Tsiapou, Dimitra; Verhoeven, Elisabeth; Weirich, Melanie; Wiese, Heike; Zaruba, Kathy; Zeige, Lars Erik; Lüdeling, Anke; Knoeferle, Pia; Schnelle, Gohar  (2023) Situating language register across the ages, languages, modalities, and cultural aspects: Evidence from complementary methods In:  Frontiers in Psychology [DOI] [ViVo]
    In the present review paper by members of the collaborative research center ‘Register: Language Users’ Knowledge of SituationalFunctional Variation’ (CRC 1412), we assess the pervasiveness of register phenomena across different time periods, languages, modalities, and cultures. We define ‘register’ as recurring variation in language use depending on the function of language and on the social situation. Informed by rich data, we aim to better understand and model the knowledge involved in situation- and function-based use of language register. In order to achieve this goal, we are using complementary methods and measures. In the review, we start by clarifying the concept of ‘register’, by reviewing the state of the art, and by setting out our methods and modeling goals. Against this background, we discuss three key challenges, two at the methodological level and one at the theoretical level: 1. To better uncover registers in text and spoken corpora, we propose changes to established analytical approaches. 2. To tease apart between-subject variability from the linguistic variability at issue (intra-individual situation based register variability), we use within-subject designs and the modeling of individuals’ social, language, and educational background. 3. We highlight a gap in cognitive modeling, viz. modeling the mental representations of register (processing), and present our first attempts at filling this gap. We argue that the targeted use of multiple complementary methods and measures supports investigating the pervasiveness of register phenomena and yields comprehensive insights into the cross-methodological robustness of register-related language variability. These comprehensive insights in turn provide a solid foundation for associated cognitive modeling.
  • 2022

  • Sauerland, Uli  (2022) Quantifying the Register of German Quantificational Expressions: A Corpus-Based Study In:  Measurements, Numerals and Scales [DOI] [ViVo]
  • 2020

  • Sauerland, Uli; Alexiadou, Artemis  (2020) Generative Grammar: A Meaning First Approach In:  Frontiers in Psychology [DOI] [ViVo]
    The theory of language must predict the possible thought—signal (or meaning—sound or sign) pairings of a language. We argue for a Meaning First architecture of language where a thought structure is generated first. The thought structure is then realized using language to communicate the thought, to memorize it, or perhaps with another purpose. Our view contrasts with the T-model architecture of mainstream generative grammar, according to which distinct phrase-structural representations—Phonetic Form (PF) for articulation, Logical Form (LF) for interpretation—are generated within the grammar. At the same time, our view differs from early transformational grammar and generative semantics: We view the relationship between the thought structure and the corresponding signal as one of compression. We specify a formal sketch of compression as a choice between multiple possible pronounciations balancing the desire to transmit information against the effort of pronounciation. The Meaning First architecture allows a greater degree of independence between thought structures and the linguistic signal. We present three arguments favoring this type of independence. First we argue that scopal properties can be better explained if we only compare thought structures independent of the their realization as a sentence. Secondly, we argue that Meaning First architecture allows contentful late insertion, an idea that has been argued for in Distributed Morphology already, but as we argue is also motivated by the division of the logical and socio-emotive meaning content of language. Finally, we show that only the Meaning First architecture provides a satisfying account of the mixing of multiple languages by multilingual speakers, especially for cases of simultaneous articulation across two modalities in bimodal speakers. Our view of the structure of grammar leads to a reassessment of priorities in linguistic analyses: while current mainstream work is often focused on establishing one-to-one relationships between concepts and morphemes, our view makes it plausible that primitive concepts are frequently marked indirectly or unpronounced entirely. Our view therefore assigns great value to the understanding of logical primitives and of compression.
  • Alexiadou, Artemis; Lüdeling, Anke; Adli, Aria; Donhauser, Karin; Dreyer, Malte; Egg, Markus; Feulner, Anna Helene; Gagarina, Natalia; Hock, Wolfgang; Jannedy, Stefanie; Kammerzell, Frank; Knoeferle, Pia; Krause, Thomas; Krifka, Manfred; Kutscher, Silvia; Lütke, Beate; McFadden, Thomas; Meyer, Roland; Mooshammer, Christine; Müller, Stefan; Maquate, Katja; Norde, Muriel; Sauerland, Uli; Szucsich, Luka; Verhoeven, Elisabeth; Waltereit, Richard; Wolfsgruber, Anne; Zeige, Lars Erik  (2020) Register: Language Users’ Knowledge of Situational-Functional Variation In:  REALIS: Register Aspects of Language in Situation [DOI] [ViVo]
    The Collaborative Research Center 1412 “Register: Language Users’ Knowledge of Situational-Functional Variation” (CRC 1412) investigates the role of register in language, focusing in particular on what constitutes a language user’s register knowledge and which situational-functional factors determine a user’s choices. The following paper is an extract from the frame text of the proposal for the CRC 1412, which was submitted to the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft in 2019, followed by a successful onsite evaluation that took place in 2019. The CRC 1412 then started its work on January 1, 2020. The theoretical part of the frame text gives an extensive overview of the theoretical and empirical perspectives on register knowledge from the viewpoint of 2019. Due to the high collaborative effort of all PIs involved, the frame text is unique in its scope on register research, encompassing register-relevant aspects from variationist approaches, psycholinguistics, grammatical theory, acquisition theory, historical linguistics, phonology, phonetics, typology, corpus linguistics, and computational linguistics, as well as qualitative and quantitative modeling. Although our positions and hypotheses since its submission have developed further, the frame text is still a vital resource as a compilation of state-of-the-art register research and a documentation of the start of the CRC 1412. The theoretical part without administrative components therefore presents an ideal starter publication to kick off the CRC’s publication series REALIS. For an overview of the projects and more information on the CRC, see
  • Sauerland, Uli  (2020) Study to validate the SOLT as a measure of register[DOI] [ViVo]
    We study whether a new measure of register we propose, the SOLT, corresponds to the annotations of Register provided in the Duden dictionary of German.
  • Presentations


  • 2021

  • 2020


New round of CRC fellowships for Ph.D. candidates

The CRC 1412 ‚Register‘ awards scholarships for up to 1 year. Apply until

February 28th, 2022

Deadline EXTENDED until April 15, 2022