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 across types of situations that reflect social, cultural and material factors. The topics of investigation of all LaBeCo members imply 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 situational context, or analyse it exclusively within their own discipline, in this way missing more comprehensive explanatory approaches which include findings from other disciplines. LaBeCo aims to fill this gap using a multidisciplinary research approach.
The LaBeCo research initiative extends across four faculties of RWTH Aachen University - the Faculty of Arts and Humanities, 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.
Various interdisciplinary projects are being carried out within the LaBeCo research initiative. There are a large number of currently ongoing projects in which different institutes are involved. Additionally, there are research projects that have already been successfully completed, which were funded in the past.
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.
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 linguistics and psychology, to informatics and medicine.
LaBeCo has already completed numerous studies in the past. The publications can be divided into four research areas:
- Mechanisms and Variation in Human-Human Interaction
- Human-Human Interaction mediated through Technological Systems
- Modelling Technological Systems as Interactants
- Transdisciplinary Interaction
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