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Dr. Uta Reinöhl - Heinz Maier-Leibnitz Prizewinner 2019

General Linguistics, Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz

Dr. Uta Reinöhl
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Dr. Uta Reinöhl

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Uta Reinöhl’s field of research is historical linguistics, and specifically the development of individual languages. She also carries out research into grammaticalization, an area that demands familiarity with many different languages and current theories as well as a capacity for generalisation. Reinöhl therefore brings together two academic traditions that have largely existed in parallel. Her main focus is on questions of syntax, or the structure of sentences. In her dissertation she shed new light on one of the most important developments in sentence structure in the Indo-Germanic languages, namely the emergence of hierarchical structures in the nominal phrase. Her linking of data from very different areas is unusual: for instance, she has opened up new insights through a detailed comparison of Vedic Sanskrit and various Australian languages. Since 2019 Reinöhl has been the leader of a DFG-funded Emmy Noether independent junior research group at the University of Mainz. Since 2017 she has been a project leader in a Collaborative Research Centre at the University of Cologne and co-applicant in a DFG project to develop a research environment for Vedic and Sanskrit texts.

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