Birgit Hellwig has to travel almost 14,000 kilometers to Raunsepna where she does her field research – on an island in the Bismarck Archipelago. But when sitting in her Cologne office, the linguistics professor only has to swivel her chair to be reminded of this beautiful part of the world to the north of Australia: it is suddenly very close to her – if only in the form of a few little Lego figurines on the shelf behind her desk. They portray a father with three children, with a little house in the background and chicken and pigs in the middle. "My staff made this for me," says Birgit Hellwig with a smile. For her doctoral students and student assistants know that every now and then their boss gets a longing for the small village in the middle of the rainforest in the province of East New Britain. The location has become a permanent feature of her research project on language documentation and psycholinguistics for almost ten years now.