The Institute for the German Language in Mannheim, Germany is a linguistic and social research institute and a member of the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Scientific Community. Under the leadership of Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. Ludwig M. Eichinger, president of the Institute, and Prof. Dr. Arnulf Deppermann, vice president of the institute, IDS employs a staff of about 210. The IDS was established in Mannheim in 1964 and is still headquartered there. It is the central state-aided institution for the study and documentation of the contemporary usage and recent history of the German language. The institute is organized as an NGO with a legal form of a foundation .
In the Department of Grammar, the grammatical structures of German are identified and described, also including their comparison with other languages. The Department of Lexical Studies dealswith lexicological, lexicographical, and corpus-based research in which specific lexical fields are studied, enabling a comprehensive documentation of the German vocabulary. The Department of Pragmatics researches language use and language variation, that is, the form and development of linguistic diversity. In particular, spoken language usage is considered. Research activities pursuing predominantly cross-departmental objectives are directly subordinate to the Director and pooled together in the organisational unit Central Research, for instance the programme areas Research Infrastructures and Corpus Linguistics belong to this unit.
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