Gunter Senft is a senior investigator at the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics in Nijmegen (The Netherlands) and extraordinary professor of general linguistics at the University of Cologne (Germany). "... to grasp the native's point of view ..." - A plea for a holistic documentation of the Trobriand Islanders' language, culture and cognition
He has been studying the language and the culture of the Trobriand Islanders of Papua New Guinea since 1982 and conducted field research on the Trobriand Islands for 45 months during 16 long- and short-term field-trips between 1982 and 2012.
Research interests: Austronesian and Papuan languages, anthropological linguistics, pragmatics, semantics, the interface between language, culture, and cognition, the conceptualization of space and spatial reference, serial verb constructions and systems of nominal classification. Among his publications figure more than 150 articles in journals, handbooks and anthologies and 20 books.
Gunter Senft will present a public lecture at Foreign Languages Department, Faculty of Philology