Section "Language Variation, Language Change, Language Contact"

Goals of Section

The Section VCC is a vibrant hub for the realms of language variation, contact, and change, where PhD candidates – alongside their dissertation projects – converge with esteemed experts from the University of Vienna and beyond. Our aim is to cultivate an inspiring environment so that diverse linguistic landscapes and philological perspectives can intertwine, fostering innovation and collaboration. At the heart of the Section VCC lies a dynamic program that blends theoretical exploration, methodological innovation, and empirical investigation. Through lively discourse and spirited reflection, we explore the complexities of language from both intralingual and multilingual angles and nurture a community where creativity thrives and boundaries of linguistic scholarship are transcended.

The exact structure of the Section's program for the period 2024–2026 will be announced and put up for discussion at the first "General Assembly" of the section (tba).

Head of Section

Univ.-Prof. Dr. Alexandra N. Lenz, Head, German Studies

Univ.-Prof. Mag. Dr. Stefan-Michael Newerkla, Deputy Head, Slavonic Studies


Univ.-Prof. Dr. Elias Moncef Bounatirou, Slavonic Studies

ao. Univ.-Prof. tit. Univ.-Prof. Mag. Dr. Peter Ernst, German Studies

Mag. Dr. Manfred Michael Glauninger, Privatdoz., German Studies

Assoz. Prof. Mag. Dr. Emmerich Kelih, Privatdoz., Slavonic Studies

Ass.-Prof. Dr. Roman Krivko, Slavonic Studies

Univ.-Prof. Dr. Johanna Laakso, Finno-Ugrian Studies

Univ.-Prof. Dr. Alexandra N. Lenz, German Studies

Univ.-Prof. Mag. Dr. Melanie Malzahn, Privatdoz., Linguistics

Univ.-Prof. Mag. Dr. Stefan-Michael Newerkla, Slavonic Studies

Univ.-Prof. Dr. Stephan Prochazka, Near Eastern Studies

Univ.-Prof. Dipl.-Journ.Univ. Dr. habil. Elissa Pustka, M.A., Romance Studies

Assoz. Prof. Mag. Dr. Veronika Ritt-Benmimoun, Near Eastern Studies

Ass.-Prof. Mag. Dr. Barbara Soukup-Kirchner, MSc, German Studies

Dr. lic. phil. Daniela Waldburger, Privatdoz., African Studies

Ass.-Prof. Mag. Dr. Albert Wall, Romance Studies

Ass.-Prof. Dr. Patrick Wolf-Farré, German Studies