International Summer School „Language and Space“, University of Zurich, 4–9 September 2016

Dear Sir or Madam,

The URPP Language and Space (University of Zurich) is organising an international Summer School „Language and Space“ at Kloster Kappel from 4 – 9 September 2016.

About the Summer School:

Communication is inherently linked to physical and social space both in the sense of language areas (dialects and language contact situations) and in the sense of everyday interactions (interaction spaces). By choosing a particular language or regional variety, we identify with and/or distinguish ourselves from others. Modeling these choices is far from being a straight-forward process, and the nature of spatial limits to dialects and languages or the mapping of linguistic data to the actual landscape are still not sufficiently understood. In addition, defining interactional spaces poses a challenge to linguistic research at the micro-level of face-to-face communication, with its complex interplay involving perceptions, movements, and actions. Seven leading experts in the area of language and space will present and discuss their recent research findings in these fields. Students will also have a chance to present their own research projects if they wish.


If you want to apply, please send CV, a letter of motivation and a brief abstract of your current research project (no more than 500 words each) in one pdf file to

Deadline for applications: 30. June 2016.

For more information, please visit

Do not hesitate to contact me in case you have any questions.

Best wishes,
Raffaela Zaugg

University of Zurich
URPP Language and Space
Freiestrasse 16
CH-8032 Zurich

+41 44 634 57 46 (Thu/Fri)



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