LaBeCo – Language Behavior in Context


LaBeCo, Language behavior in context, is a transdisciplinary research initiative.

Language use - and more generally, human behavior - forms patterns via situation types that reflect social, cultural, and material factors. The object of study of all members in LaBeCo entails that the context of these situation types must be included in their research in order to adequately explain variation in their data.

However, existing research approaches neglect the situation context or analyze it exclusively within the framework of their own discipline. As a result, they miss out on more comprehensive explanatory approaches by incorporating findings from other disciplines. LaBeCo aims to close this gap with the help of a multidisciplinary research approach.

The LaBeCo Network

The LaBeCo research initiative encompasses four faculties at RWTH Aachen University

  • Faculty of Arts and Humanities
  • Faculty of Mathematics, Computer Science and Natural Sciences
  • Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology
  • Faculty of Medicine

In addition, there are eight external participants from six other universities:

  • University of Cologne
  • Brandenburg University of Technology
  • University of Wuppertal
  • Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nuremberg,
  • University of Salzburg
  • University of Hildesheim​

On the LaBeCo website you can find more information, such as the members of the LaBeCo research initiative and current research projects and events.