Research Groups

The research groups can be understood as windows offering a variety of perspectives, all aimed at broadening the view of the languages, literature and culture of the Romance-speaking world in different ways and ultimately providing a more profound and unifying overall view of current research, teaching and academic projects. The extensive field of Lusophone and Hispano-American literature and culture in connection with sociolinguistic research is just as present as the text edition of the family letters of Ferdinand I as the basis of research on cultural studies of the 16th century. Within an equally interdisciplinary network, the academic documentation and archiving of published and unpublished memorial books on experiences in the National Socialist extermination camps aims at accounting for the past on a societal level. Using a comparative approach, research on the literature of the Romance-speaking world conveys forms of communication in history, art and culture by means of current topics in a manner that transcends genres and media. The research area of grammar and lexicology of Romance languages combines linguistic geography with socio-, pragma- and computational linguistic studies of language varieties and dialects. The practical relevance expressed in the interests of the research groups is also particularly evident in the development of teaching and learning materials in the context of language didactics and foreign language instruction.

Didaktik des Fremdsprachenunterrichts / Didactics of Foreign Language Teaching
(Head: Michaela Rückl)

The working group Didactics of Foreign Language Teaching was established in 2005 by foreign language didacticians, foreign language teachers and cultural and literary scholars from the Department of Romance Studies in Salzburg.
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Edition der Familienkorrespondenz Ferdinands I. / The Edition of the Family Correspondence of Ferdinand I
(Head: Christopher F. Laferl)

For research into the history of the 16th century, the correspondence that Ferdinand I. (1503 – 1564) held with his closest relatives, especially with his siblings Charles V and Mary of Hungary, the governor of the Netherlands, is a first-rate source.
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Grammatik der romanischen Sprachen / Grammar of Romance languages
(Head: Bernhard Pöll)

The members of the research group are dedicated to the research of important issues in the grammar of Romance languages. Central to this is the consideration of the interfaces between syntax/pragmatics and syntax/prosody, as well as the relationships between lexicon and syntax.
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KZ-memoria scripta
(Head: Peter Kuon)

The interdisciplinary research group KZ-memoria scripta at the University of Salzburg is dedicated to the academic research and social dissemination of the published and unpublished memorial books of survivors of National Socialist concentration and extermination camps.
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Literarische Moderne / Literary Modernism
(Head: Michael Aichmayr)

The research group focuses on the Romance literatures of modernity and the present. Literary Modernism refers to a complex of problems and questions dealt with in the medium of literature that accompanies the process of social, industrial and economic modernisation from the end of the 18th century to the present.
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Nuova Romania / Romania nova
(Head: Agustín Corti)

The increasing linguistic, cultural and, not least, economic significance of non-European Romania opens up a variety of new fields of activity for the traditionally European-oriented Romance Studies.
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Romanische Variationslinguistik / Linguistics of Varieties in Romance Languages
(Head: Roland Bauer)

Geo-, socio-, pragma- and computational linguistic research in the field of Romance languages and dialects.
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