Linguistic Research Infrastructure Project

World-class research facilities for linguistics at UZH

The Zurich Center for Linguistics (LiZZ - Linguistik Zentrum Zürich), the Language and Space University Research Priority Program (URPP Language and Space), and associated laboratories and institutes at UZH have been jointly granted funds for a significant upgrade of their facilities for research. The Linguistic Reserach Infrastructure (LiRI) project will enable internationally significant research in linguistics, putting Switzerland at the forefront of experimental and Big Data based research.

The project

The LiRI project will improve both laboratory facilities for linguistic research (and related research fields) and technical infrastructure for the analysis of language and speech. The project will harness the latest data science developments to greatly increase data storage, processing and analysis capabilities. It will also enable the collection of naturalistic data in a methodologically rigorous fashion previously only possible in laboratory settings.

The LiRI facilities will be available to all researchers working with language data. When fully operational, it will serve as a national platform for linguistics data storage/processing/science, uniting as many linguistic data resource types as possible in one data center.

Timeline and plans

The LiRI project has been in development since 2017 and will continue to evolve and grow in coming years. It will expand its stock of devices and advertise new positions as funding permits. At the same time, it will initiate collaborative research projects and establish long-term partnerships between LiRI and external teams.

2024- LiRI is fully operational
2023 Evaluation of LiRI
Autumn 2021 LiRI lab officially begins operations with a launch event (24 September) at Andreasstrasse 15, 8050 Zurich
Mid 2020 LiRI information system services are available; several portable LiRI devices are available on loan; LiRI staff expands
01.08.2020 LiRI staff members move into the office AND 2.76 at Andreasstrasse 15, 8050 Zürich


Official start of LiRI project at UZH
2020-2023 LiRI implementation phase with continuous development of services

LiRI is recognized as a Technology Platform


LiRI information event for partners, supporters and potential users (see documentation)

17.04.2019 LiRI is officially integrated into the Swiss Roadmap for Research Infrastructures 2021-2024
09.10.2018 LiRI is approved by the Executive Board of the UZH
2017-2020 LiRI preparation phase