Multilingualism Doctoral School
The main research field of the doctoral school is multilingualism. We have internationally acknowledged and high-profile scholars along with our Hungarian staff. All of us are involved in the research of multilingualism, and each of us has their own special field of interest.
The basic structure of the three-year long program is built on 6 modules. Each module has a leading scholar, who is responsible for the structure and courses of the module. Our main goal is to train students capable of carrying out experimental research in multilingualism, multilingual development, and multilingual processing. Research methodology, ethics, publishing in academic journals, the use of packages and the ability to conduct statistical analyses and interpret their results are essential for postgraduate students. Another important issue is the multilingual brain, how it works, the neurocognitive deficits of multilinguals and linguistic disorders. For those interested in multilingual development we provide courses in infant bi- or trilingual development, and the dynamics and complexities in the development of multilingual learning.
The psycholinguistics of multilingualism gets special attention in the program. There are courses on the bi- or multilingual lexicon, word recognition, written processing, and basic experimental phonetics. Language and aging has become a new and very exciting topic recently. We include courses like language maintenance, language attrition, and language variation and change in our curriculum. Since the focus of research fields is the functions of multilingual people in a multilingual society, we find it important to provide courses like language and identity, linguistic landscape, minority studies, multilingualism with English, and cross-cultural and multilingual communication.
Not only is natural language acquisition dealt with, but we also focus on instructed foreign language teaching especially using the dynamic usage-approach, and on teaching third languages. The founding members of the doctoral school are famous and respected representatives of their own research fields.
Applied Linguistics Research Center
Research topics: child language development, second language acquisition, bi- and multilingualism, the mental lexicon, speech production and perception, norms of word association, bilingual written sentence comprehension, bilingual word recognition, linguistic landscape, language attrition, Dynamic Systems Theory approach to second language acquisition, and dynamic usage-based approach to instructed second language learning.
Literary and Cultural Studies Research Center
The Literary and Cultural Studies Research Center is primarily concerned with research into the novel. The Center also provides a forum for young researchers and students to present their results and share their views on topical issues of literary studies. We also initiate and facilitate interdisciplinary dialogue. Our lecture series entitled The Culture of Science aims to promote interaction and communication between academics involved in the Humanities, Natural and Engineering Sciences.
Research Center in Intercultural Germanic Studies
The Research Center deals with a wide spectrum of Intercultural German Studies as a new, widespread paradigm of German Linguistics and Literary Science. It examines the German language and literature as forms of productive interdependency between cultures. Its main location is the Intercultural German Linguistic Competence Center founded in 2008, which is meant to coordinate and intensify the international intercultural linguistic research in the field of German Studies, as well as work as an international scientific forum enabling the regular exchange of scientific views between the internationally acknowledged professionals and young researchers in the area of Intercultural German Studies.
The Centre carries out research in education in the broadest sense of the term. Therefore, research topics include: further research contributing to the the legacy of József Zsolnai's Pedagogical Programme in Language, Literature and Communication; Pedagogical Programme for Value Transmission and Competence Improvement, Pedagogy of Science, Teachers’ Competences and Teacher Training with Competence Development; Digital Pedagogy; Alternative Pedagogies, Inclusive education; Social and cultural equity in education; Gender in education; Research Methods in education; Comparative studies in education.
TOPOS Research Center – Space and Humanities
The TOPOS Research Center mainly focuses on work by the faculty and students of the English-American Institute focusing on the relationship between spatial, cultural, literary, and social studies in material, political, geographical and historical contexts. It aims to network as well as build a community of scholars working in various disciplines in the humanities who are interested in exploring how the spatial revolution within social studies may encourage an invigorating dialogue in an inter- and cross-disciplinary setting for scholarship.
Sziveri János Research Center
Research at the Sziveri János Research Center focuses on contemporary Hungarian literature and culture in Hungary and the neighboring countries with researching journals and establishing archives having the greatest emphasis. Members of the Center’s team invite university students to participate in discussions about contemporary Hungarian literature in the workshops of Journal-followers (Folyóiratkövetők) and Critical Dialogues (Kritikaibeszélgetések). Every semester, they also organize symposia on questions of journal culture.
Peter Szondi International Research Center on German and Comparative Studies
The Research Center at the University of Pannonia is based on the works of Peter Szondi and regards literature from multiple perspectives. It examines the nature of literary phenomena, poetic forms as narratives and figural texts. Methodologically connecting philology with philosophy the Research Center aims at studying literature with additional tools of inquiry such as literary theory or history of scholarship.