Courant Research Centre "Text Structures"

The Multi-layered Text Protocol: Micro and Macro Level Structures in Written Discourse

The cooperation between principled linguistic descriptive models, conceptually refined techniques of narratological text analysis, cognitive psychological paradigms and neuroscientific methods with the goal of clarifying the nexus between text structure, text comprehension and text comprehensibility, is the objective of the CRC "Text Structures". We examine microstructures including non-canonical sentence constructions, anaphorical relations, tense, aspect, and information-structural parameters as well as macrostructures including narrative perspective, thematic structure, narrative styles, and genre-specific patterns. In a collaborative interdisciplinary effort the CRC's three junior research groups "Theoretical Linguistics", "Analytic Literary Theory", and "Experimental Psycholinguistics" work on a theoretically and empirically sound platform for the description of different text structural levels and their mutual interpretative effects.

The Göttingen Courant Research Centres

The Courant Research Centres the University of Göttingen set up in the first program phase of the German Initiative of Excellence take an interdisciplinary approach to address innovative research topics. External experts were involved in the process to identify these topics. Each Courant Research Centre offers excellent working conditions for up to three junior research groups. Supported by senior colleagues, the junior groups are dedicated to studying specific aspects of the centre’s overarching theme.

The Courant Research Centres derive their name from the mathematician Richard Courant. Shortly before his death, he was asked about the unique human and scientific spirit that characterizes his Institute of Mathematical Sciences at New York University. Courant’s answer was, “It is Göttingen. Göttingen is here.” This “Göttingen spirit” is the expression for a research environment that is based on cooperation and a free exchange of ideas both within and between the disciplines.