The role of culture in early expansions of humans

Human evolution is a story of expansions. During the last two million years the genus Homo spread from Africa into Asia and Europe in several waves of migration. New species developed and old groups became extinct (range expansions). As early as three million years ago, hominins had established new ways of dealing with their specific environment through culture. Stone tools produced with the help...

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Beethovens Werkstatt. Genetische Textkritik und Digitale Musikedition

By linking two new, reciprocally interrelated research approaches – Genetic Text Criticism and the Digital Edition – the highly complex dynamics of compositional processes in Beethoven’s oeuvre, for the investigation of which source tradition and indexing provide ideal conditions, are to be explored, documented, and reproduced in exemplary digital editions in a new way. The aim of the project is...

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Digitale Gesamtedition und Übersetzung des koptisch-sahidischen Alten Testamentes

The Coptic-Sahidic Bible is one of the most important literary witnesses of Christianity in the eastern Mediterranean. The Coptic Old Testament, which essentially dates back to the 4th century, is one of the earliest and most extensive versions of the Greek Septuagint (LXX). The translation of the Bible into Coptic was source and inspiration for the entire Coptic-Christian literature of Egypt. In...

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Digitales Wörterbuch der deutschen Sprache. Das Wortauskunftssystem zur deutschen Sprache in Geschichte und Gegenwart

The DWDS dictionary is based on the six-volume “Wörterbuch der deutschen Gegenwartssprache” and on other sources, such as on parts of the “Großes Wörterbuch der deutschen Sprache” published by the Dudenverlag. It provides the user with state-of-the-art spelling, pronunciation in form of audio files and a wide range of information on the form, usage and meaning of approximately 210,000 keywords....

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Deutsche Inschriften des Mittelalters und der Frühen Neuzeit

The object of this project’s research is the Latin and German inscriptions from the early Middle Ages until 1650 within the German linguistic sphere. As historical textual evidence, inscriptions are most prominently of interest as they are often very much authentically preserved in their original historical context. For the period in question, these texts on stone, wood, gold, silver, bronze, and...

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Grammatiken, Korpora und Sprachtechnologie für indigene nordeurasische Sprachen (INEL)

The aim of the research project “Grammatiken, Korpora und Sprachtechnologie für indigene nordeurasische Sprachen (INEL)” (Grammatical Descriptions, Corpora and Language Technology for Indigenous Northern Eurasian Languages) is the documentation of endangered languages. The north Eurasian area is of great interest for linguists from all over the world. The diversity of the indigenous languages...

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Edition des Briefwechsels von Johann Christoph Gottsched

The project “Edition of the Exchange of Letters by Johann Christoph Gottsched” started its work in 2000 and aims to record and publish all the letters handed down from and to Gottsched (approx. 6,000 letters, full text edition in chronological order). The letters to and from Gottsched’s wife Luise Adelgunde Victorie are also taken into account.  Gottsched’s correspondence is one of the most...

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Edition der fränkischen Herrschererlasse

The decrees of the Frankish rulers are known as capitularies because of their subdivision into chapters (lat. capitula). They are amongst the most important sources for the history of the Frankish kingdoms. They are instructions similar to laws, ordinances or provisions, regulating political, military, ecclesiastical, social, economic and cultural matters. In almost all parts of the Franconian...

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