Information Density and Linguistic Encoding – SFB 1102

Language provides not only the expressiveness needed to communicate, but also offers speakers a multitude of choices regarding how they may encode their messages – from the choice of words, structuring of syntactic elements, and arranging sentences in discourse. The SFB addresses the hypothesis that language variation and language use can be better understood in terms of the goal of speakers to modulate the amount of information conveyed in an utterance. The official site of the DFG-fundend Collaborative Research Center at Saarland University lead by Elke Teich can be found here