Research initiative "Language Behaviour in Context" (LaBeCo)



Stella Neumann: Lecture in the colloquium of the SFB 1412 'Register' (26th October 2020)


"Language behaviour in context" (LaBeCo) is a transdisciplinary research initiative based on the observation that language use - and more generally human behaviour - forms patterns through types of situations that reflect social, cultural and material factors. The object of study of all LaBeCo members means that the context of these types of situations must be included in their research in order to adequately explain variations in their data.

However, existing research approaches neglect the situation context, or analyse it exclusively within their own discipline, thus missing more comprehensive explanatory approaches by including findings from other disciplines. LaBeCo wants to close this gap with a multidisciplinary research approach.



Team LaBeCo

The LaBeCo research initiative extends across four faculties of RWTH Aachen University - in addition to the Faculty of Philosophy, the Faculty of Mathematics, Informatics and Natural Sciences, the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology and the Faculty of Medicine - and also includes eight external partners from six other universities: the University of Cologne, the Brandenburg University of Technology, the University of Wuppertal, the Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nuremberg, the University of Salzburg and the University of Hildesheim.

List of all members


Relevant Projects

Within the research initiative LaBeCo various interdisciplinary projects are realised. There is a large number of currently running projects in which different institutes are involved. There are also successfully completed research projects that have been funded in the past.

list of all projects



The events organised under the umbrella of LaBeCo include both internal workshops and events offered for external participants. In addition, there are lectures and colloquia open to all interested parties. In the past, international scientists have also been guests as speakers at these events.

list of all events



Piktogram Student

The topics of the LaBeCo research initiative are also anchored in the teaching of the RWTH. The respective institutes offer seminars and lectures in various study programmes. Due to the multidisciplinary nature of the initiative, the courses cover a wide range of different topics, ranging from linguistic and psychological, to informatics and medical aspects.

Listing of all courses



In the past, LaBeCo has already completed numerous studies. The publications can be divided into four research areas:



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