Relative clauses are of central importance to grammatical theory. They display a variety of properties which have long been the subject of investigation in linguistics and which in all previous theories appear to be contradictory. For example, in substantial areas the structure and typology of relative clauses are still unclear. This is the topic addressed by the Research Unit "Relative Clauses". It plans to investigate them within a theoretically oriented grammatical research framework. The work is also intended to draw conclusions about general principles of clause and structure formation in the area of noun phrase semantics.
(Spokesperson: Professor Thomas E. Zimmermann, University of Frankfurt)
Analysing the dynamic regulation of cell-to-cell contacts this is the task of the Research Unit "Functional Dynamics of Cell Contacts in Cellular Assemblies and Migratory Cells". To achieve this, scientists will combine approaches from cell biology, developmental biology and biophysics with the aim of a better understanding of processes involved in the structure of tissue. One example of the questions they are concerned with is which mechanisms underlie the form and function of cell contacts in cell migration. In addition, they are trying to discover the molecular mechanisms which support the biomechanical behaviour in cell contacts. Finally, the group looks to identify completely unknown factors which act on the processes and thereby influence the cell contacts.
(Spokesperson: Prof. Jrg Grohans, University of Gttingen)
Catchwords such as "elite and excellence" feature strongly in the social discourse around the German education system. Up to now, however, the topic of "elite and education" has not been studied lar
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