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Dear Visitor,

Welcome to the homepage of the Research Institute for Linguistics of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. By unifying excellence in research, authenticity in science and a commitment to society, the institute network of the Academy is set to produce scientific results of value to Hungary and the rest of the world. As  part of the only full-time research institute network in Hungary, with nationally well established research traditions, our primary aim is to play a fundamental role in promoting the good of the general public and in building the foundation for our future through valuable scientific achievements based on highly promising and innovative research.

The primary tasks of the Research Institute for Linguistics of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences include theoretical and applied research in general linguistic issues, as well as in Hungarian linguistics, Uralic studies, and phonetics. We also undertake the on-going compilation of the comprehensive dictionary of Hungarian. Other projects investigate different variants of Hungarian and minority languages in Hungary, as well as issues in language policy. Further tasks include the assembly of linguistic corpora and databases. The Institute operates a public counselling service and prepares expert reports on relevant affairs on demand. The Institute also runs the Theoretical Linguistics Programme jointly with Eötvös Loránd University.

Documentation concerning the legal status of HAS' Research Institute for Linguistics can be found here.



Research Institute
for Linguistics

Benczúr u. 33.

H-1068 Budapest


P.O.Box. 360
H-1394 Budapest

(36-1) 321-4830

(36-1) 322-9297





Events in May  

The Amsterdam conference on 'Open Science – From Vision to Action' resulted in the Amsterdam Call for Action on Open Science. This call for action formulates pan-European goals concerning the open access of scientific publications and the reuse of research data. It also includes twelve action items with concrete actions to be taken.  

The LEARNMe White Paper on Linguistic Diversity has just been published. The abridged version is available HERE. Teh full version is downloadable from  
The first four articles and editorial in Glossa, a new Open Access journal on general linguistics are available online.  

The National Research, Development and Innovation Office (NKFIH) has announced a call for postdoctoral research proposals (PD_16) starting between October 1 and December 31, 2016.  

The Hungarian Academy of Sciences announces a grant to gain premium post doctoral researcher status in MTA's research network and Hungarian universities between September 1, 2016 and August 31, 2019.  

With Zoltán Bánréti as co-author, a new article appeared in one of the leading journals of neurolinguistics.  

Glossa, a new Open Access journal dedicated to general lingustics and managed by the former editors of Lingua, is open for submissions.  

Zoltán Dániel Kádár, part-time Senior Research Fellow at RILHAS and Professor of English Language and Linguistics at the University of Huddersfield, has been awarded the higher doctorate of Doctor of Letters (D.Litt).  

The Hungarian Academy of Sciences calls for applications to establish new Lendület ("Momentum") research teams starting from 2016.  

Conflict between editors and publishers about Open Access  

On 18-19 September 2015, as the member of the international Mercator Network,  the Research Centre for Multilingualism of the Research Institute for Linguistics of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences organised the international closing conference of the Mercator LEARNMe project in Budapest, with the title Everyday Multilingualism, Sustainable Linguistic Diversity and MultiN-Engagement. Mercator-LEARNMe Conference on Minority Language Research, Educational practice and Policy. Revisiting Methodology, Learning and Established Concepts.  

Dr. Béla Adamik, Associate Professor at Eötvös University, Budapest, has received a five-year Momentum Grant at the Resarch Institute for Linguistics, HAS  

Two-year postdoctoral research fellowships have been granted as part of the MTA Postdoctoral Research Programme to Éva Dékány (Department of Theoretical Linguistics, supervisor: Katalin É. Kiss) and to Tilda Neuberger (Department of Phonetics, supervisor: Mária Gósy).  
The report of the scientific activities of RIL is available here  

Distinguished guest researcher Prof. Marcel den Dikken on his activities
at the Research Institute for Linguistics
[The full text of the interview]

The Research Institute of Linguistics of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences (HAS) invited Professor Hu Jianhua, and Professor Li Aijun from the Institute of Language, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences  to spend one week in our institute in November 2014 as visiting researchers, within the cooperation framework of HAS and the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS), to participate in the research cooperation activities supported by the two Academies.  

Lendület ("Momentum") programme of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences (MTA) (Deadline for electronic submission: 13. January 2015)  

MTA postdoctoral research programme (Application deadline: 4. March 2015.)



The Hungarian Academy of Sciences invites distinguished scientists to Hungary for research of 3 to 12 months (Application deadline: 9. March 2015.)



New 3-year research project in RIL HAS on 'Grammar and Pragmatics' in cooperation with researchers from Bielefeld University in the framework of the Institutional Partnership Program of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation.  

An edited book on Hungarian diachronic syntax entitled The Evolution of Functional Left Peripheries in Hungarian Syntax has been published by  Oxford University Press.  

Calls for fellowship applications at CEU IAS (Application deadline: October 19, 2014)  

Marcel den Dikken, who is Professor of Linguistics at the City University of New York, started his research project at the Research Institute for Linguistics on 1 September, 2014. Professor den Dikken is one of the Distinguished Guest Scientists of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences for the academic year of 2014/15. He will spend 10 months at the Resarch Institute for Linguistics working on filler-gap dependencies in natural language and the way their locality is constrained.

MTA’s Report to Parliament Meets Unanimous Support at Committee Hearing
Report to the Hungarian National Assembly on the Activities of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences and on the general situation of Hungarian science 2011-2012

Information on the creation of the "Hungarian Language Strategy Institute"  

A cooperation agreement has been concluded between our institute, and the Institute of Language of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS), based on the general cooperation framework of the two Academies, but also expanding it, and spelling out the scientific program of the cooperation as regards linguistic research.  



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National Information Infrastucture Development Institute

 Co-financed by the European Union within the programme "Europe for Citizens" 2007 -- 2013

Research Institute for Linguistics, Hungarian Academy of Sciences is a member of the Mercator Network of Language Diversity Centres, which is funded within the EU programme on LLP.