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Completed Research Projects

Humboldt’s Basque Writings

Project management: O. Univ.-Prof. Dr. Bernhard Hurch

Project staff

M.-J. Kerejeta

Mag. Dr. Ralf Vollmann

Mag. Dr. Dina El Zarka

Financing: FWF
Duration: 1997 - 2022
Status: project completed; two volumes have been published, with a third volume in preparation
Content: The processing of Humboldt's manuscripts, their reception history and development of current references. So far, two volumes of previously unedited foreign material on the Basque language from Humboldt's estate have been published.

The Contribution of Non-Manual Elements to the Syntax of Austrian Sign Language (ÖGS)

Project management: Mag. Dr. Andrea Lackner
Financing: FWF
Duration: 2017-2021
Content: As part of the project, a corpus for Austrian Sign Language is compiled. The syntactic structure of Austrian Sign Language is then analysed on the basis of this corpus. The aim of the project is to contribute non-manual elements to the syntax of Austrian Sign Language.




Network of Knowledge

Project management: O. Univ.-Prof. Dr. Bernhard Hurch
Project staff members:

Stefan Frühwirth

Johannes Mücke

Silvio Moreira de Sousa

Verena Schwägerl-Melchior

Christopher Pollin

Financing: FWF
Duration: 2012-2016
Content: In the framework of the 'Network of Knowledge’, it is attempted to empirically process the material requirements for the professionalisation of linguistic subjects in the 19th century based on Hugo Schuchardt’s estate.
Homepage: http://schuchardt.uni-graz.at/
E-mail: netknowl(at)uni-graz.at

DYS sp.L.D. Roadmap for teacher and adult learner training

Project management: Ao. Univ.-Prof. Dr. Hanspeter Gadler
Financing: EU-Grundtvig-Lernpartnerschaft
Duration: 2011-2013

The specific objectives of this project are as follows:

1. Determine each Partners national policy, understanding and definition/s of Sp.L.D. and their co-existence at the Academic Institute and Schools levels (Primary, Secondary and Special) and within Learning Disability Associations.

2. Determine potential ‘socio/political’ barriers to acceptance of  Sp.L.D. and their co-existence, including national inclusive education and legal frameworks.

3. Determine each Partners National pedagogical and teacher/adult learner training approaches to Sp.L.D. including both academic/theoretical and practical training. Determine potential barriers and their solutions to implementation of  Sp.L.D. training.

4. Collate the results of objectives 1 to 3 to produce an EU recommended Sp.L.D. Policy, Definition/s and  Teacher/Adult Learner Training document.

5. Produce a recommended EU Sp.L.D. ‘roadmap’ to implementation of Sp.L.D. Teacher and Adult Learner Training, including national specific barriers (the 'roadmap' will make initial recommendations for the first 10 years following project completion).

6. Create a Teacher and Adult Learner Sp.L.D. website for information and long-distance interactive training.

7. Outline recommended Sp.L.D. pedagogical approaches for primary and secondary schools and adult learners.

8. Produce an initial Level 1 Sp.L.D. Teacher/Adult Learner Training Course (electronic and paper versions) [Level 2 and beyond courses would be accredited by National Institutes to agreed academic awards standards – this would be after completion of this project]

9. An EU symposium in Luxembourg to promote and disseminate the Project findings.

10. Presentation to European Parliament in view of getting access to the Strategy 2020 and ET 2020 Committees and other associated/relevant groups.

Languages in North Africa (Morocco)

Project management: Honorary Professor Dr. Utz Maas (Forschungszentrum für Sprachausbau)
Financing: FWF
Duration: 2009-2013
Content: The relationship between oral and written language practice in North Africa is a systematically built research field with a focus on Morocco. Here, register differences are articulated multilingually with the autochthonous Arabic and Berber varieties and French as a foreign or second language on the oral side as well as the standard Arabic and French on the written side. From 2009-2013, the Austrian Science Fund (FWF) funded the project "Arabic in the Middle Atlas (Morocco) ‒ The Structure of a National Language in Progress", which was developed in cooperation with the Department of Near Eastern Studies at the University of Vienna (Prof. Dr. S. Procházka, project number P 21722-G20). This project is based on voice recordings, especially of spontaneous conversations, for which a specific ("orate") grammar of the spoken varieties is elaborated, which contrasts sharply with the practised standardised written ("literate") grammar.

Reduplication: Construction of a Typological Database

Project management: O. Univ. Prof. Dr. Bernhard Hurch
Project staff members:

Veronika Mattes
Olga Konovalova
Motomi Kajitani
Ursula Stangel
Thomas Schwaiger
Angela Fessl
Ingeborg Fink
Stefan Frühwirth

Financing: Oesterreichische Nationalbank & FWF
Duration: Sept. 2002 - June 2004 & Nov. 2005 - June 2010
Content: The theoretically extensive discussion on reduplication that has continued over the last 15 years often lacks reliable databases. The aim of the project is to create a freely accessible database with the widest possible range of empirically verified and detailed information about reduplication in the languages of the world.
Bibliography: see project homepage
  • Conference on Reduplication 2007: Diachrony and Productivity
  • Conference on Reduplication 2002
    conference proceedings: Bernhard Hurch (ed.), Studies on Reduplication, Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter 2005



Letter Edition Leo Spitzer

Project management: O. Univ.-Prof. Dr. Bernhard Hurch
Project staff members:

N. Bender (Berlin-Paris)

A. Müllner


Provincial Government of Styria, Cultural Office of the City of Vienna, Malvinenstiftung Foundation, support from funds of the Leibniz Prize by Joachim Küpper (FU Berlin)

Duration: 2003-2005
Content: Edition of the letters from Spitzer to Schuchardt (complete) and from Schuchardt to Spitzer (fragmented, if available), book publication and critical processing, reception history Spitzer

Letter Edition Schuchardt ‒ Urquijo

Project management: O. Univ.-Prof. Dr. Bernhard Hurch
Project staff members: M.-J. Kerejeta
Financing: Basque Government, Basque University (EHU-UPV), Municipal Government of Styria, Malvinenstiftung Foundation
Content: In this project, the entire correspondence between the Romanist Hugo Schuchardt and the specialist on Basque language and culture Julio de Urquijo, containing more than 500 documents over a period of 20 years, was published. Basque reception history Schuchardt
Duration: completed

Bernhard Hurch & Maria-José Kerejeta (eds.) 1997: XLI. Hugo Schuchardt-Julio de Urquijo. Correspondencia (1906-1927). Universidad del Pais Vasco.

AUSWEGE (Ways Out)

Project management: Ao. Univ.-Prof. Dr. Hanspeter Gadler
Project staff members: A. Gütler
Content: The AUSWEGE (Ways Out) programme family comprises various computer-aided speech therapy programmes primarily developed for patients with aphasia, which will be appropriately adapted for later use with childhood language disorders as well as in foreign language teaching.



Analysis of the Speech of Huntington's Disease Patients

Project management: Ao. Univ. Prof. Dr. Hanspeter Gadler
Project staff members: Mag.ª phil. Nicole Berchtold
Content: Linguistic disorders occurring in patients with early-stage Huntington's disease have been studied very sporadically. In the existing literature on linguistic disorders in subcortical symptomatology, data of patients with Huntington's chorea only play a rather marginal role. Although some recent studies have suggested a possible involvement of the striatum in the application of morphological rules, a systematic study of the overall linguistic performance of patients with Huntington's disease is still missing. Due to a cooperation with the Huntington’s Disease Psychiatric Working Group of the Medical University of Graz (Head: Univ.-Doz. Dr. Dr. R. Bonelli, see Österreichische Huntington-Hilfe [German only]), the project will for the first time offer the opportunity to study the linguistic status of patients with early stage Huntington's disease in a nuanced way .
E-mail: hanspeter.gadler(at)uni-graz.at

Socrates – Grundtvig2: DYPATEC – Dyslexia – Parents' and Teachers' Collaboration

Project management: Ao. Univ. Prof. Dr. Hanspeter Gadler
Content: In this project, parents, teachers and other professionals were given an opportunity to discuss key aspects of reading-writing difficulties/dyslexia from their own perspective. All institutions involved in the project organised a symposium that benefited all those directly or indirectly confronted with dyslexia. One of the project outcomes ‒ a parenting guide to dyslexia ‒ is based on discussions and collaboration effort made throughout the entire project.
E-mail: hanspeter.gadler(at)uni-graz.at

Persian-German Dictionary


In cooperation with the Commission for Iranian Studies of the Austrian Academy of Sciences (Dr. N. Rastegar) and the Chair of Iranian Studies at the University of Bamberg (Prof. Dr. F. Behzad).

Duration: completed

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