Jun.-Prof. Annemarie Verkerk from our department and  Dr. Francesca Di Garbo from Aix-Marseille Université / CNRS Parole et Langage have been awarded a ANR-DFG grant for Social Sciences and Humanities.

Here is a short summary for their project:
"SocioBaGS: Macro- and micro-variation in Bantu grammatical gender systems and their sociolinguistic correlates"

"Our project examines variation and change in the nominal classification systems of Bantu languages. At each boundary of the Bantu…


Under the lead of Dr. Stefania Degaetano-Ortlieb, our department will contribute to the Cascade project
(Computational Analysis of Semantic Change Across Different Environments), which will receive a total of 2.8 million euros in funding over four years from January 2024 as part of  the EU-program "Horizon Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MCSA) Doctoral Networks". Congratulations to all participants! The detailed report from the UdS press office can be read here


Fadia Sauerwein, Rainer Egler and Elena Schmidt will represent our department at EXPOLINGUA , an event focusing on languages, cultures and international studies. They will be promoting our study programs in general and the MA Translation Science and Technology in particular.
You can apply for a free ticket for the event here.

Many thanks to our ambassadors and good luck!


With the passing of Dr. Agustín Seguí, Saarland University, and particularly the field of translation theory and practice, mourns the loss of one of its founding figures. Dr. Seguí played a pivotal role in the establishment of the Spanish Department within the former Translation Institute and served as its director for many years. His unwavering commitment to innovation, he never avoided conflict, often spurred progress and change. Dr. Seguí's impact extended far beyond teaching and…


At the end of September Jörg Knappen, Pauline Krielke and Elke Teich gave a one-week course on corpus linguistics at Kyrgyz-Turkish Manas University (KTMU) in Bishkek (Kyrgystan). The course was attended by around 70 people, including students and teachers from Bishkek, Osh and Karakol universities.


We are happy to announce that 14 papers by members of our department have been accepted at the Empirical Methods in Natural Language Processing (EMNLP). Congratulations to all authors!

"We're Afraid Language Models Aren't Modeling Ambiguity." by Alisa Liu, Zhaofeng Wu, Julian Michael, Alane Suhr, Peter West, Alexander Koller, Swabha Swayamdipta, Noah A. Smith, Yejin Cho
Long Paper "SLOG: A Structural Generalization Benchmark for Semantic Parsing." by Bingzhi Li, Lucia Donatelli,… [...]

German author, speaker and mental artist, Thorsten Havener studied at the former department "Angewandte Sprachwissenschaft sowie Übersetzen und Dolmetschen". His remarkable journey underscores the potential of language science in achieving exceptional heights.  In an interview with the Campus online magazine, Thorsten Havener offers insights into his profession and reflects on how his studies have shaped his artistic journey. Moreover, he recalls some especially pleasant and enriching moments…


We are happy to announce that three papers by members of our department have been accepted at the 16th International Natural Language Generation conference (INLG 2023) and the 24th Meeting of the Special Interest Group on Discourse and Dialogue (SIGDial 2023). Congratulations to all authors!

“Tackling Hallucinations in Neural Chart Summarization” by Saad Obaid ul Islam, Iza Skrjanec, Ondrej Dusek and Vera Demberg. INLG 2023. “Visually Grounded Story Generation Challenge” by Xudong Hong,… [...]

We are delighted to announce that four scientific contributions by members of our department have been accepted at Recent Advances in Natural Language Processing conference (RANLP 2023). Congratulations to all authors!

“Simultaneous Interpreting as a Noisy Channel: How Much Information Gets Through” by Maria Kunilovskaya, Heike Przybyl, Ekaterina Lapshinova-Koltunski and Elke Teich. RANLP 2023. “Microsyntactic Unit Detection using Word Embedding Models: Experiments on Slavic Languages” by… [...]

We are proud to announce that multiple members of our department have won different awards at the 61st Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics (ACL 2023). Congratulations to all authors!

Best Theme Paper Award for Dawei Zhu, Xiaoyu Shen, Marius Mosbach, Andreas Stephan und Dietrich Klakow: "Weaker Than You Think: A Critical Look at Weakly Supervised Learning". ACL 2023 (Toronto, Canada). Outstanding Paper Award for Simone Tedeschi, Johan Bos, Thierry Declerck, Jan… [...]