School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics

Language & Linguistics

Language and Linguistics Research

Our work in theoretical and descriptive linguistics centres on linguistic analysis and its implications for the development of linguistic theory.

We specialize in the following languages and language families: Arabic, Bengali, Celtic, Finnic, Romance languages, and Germanic, including English, Icelandic, and Scandinavian languages. Inside this broad remit, we focus on three major, intersecting research areas.

Linguistic theory

Our research in linguistic theory includes syntactic theory and comparative syntax, phonological theory, morphophonology and morphosyntax, semantics and pragmatics, philosophy of language, philosophy of linguistics, and the architecture of the language faculty.

Linguists working in these areas are Emeritus Professor Noel Burton-Roberts, Cristina Dye, S.J. Hannahs, Anders Holmberg, Geoff Poole, Maggie Tallerman, Gary Thoms, Danielle Turton, Joel Wallenberg, William van der Wurff.

Language variation and change

Our research on language variation and change includes historical/diachronic linguistics, sociolinguistics, grammaticalization, variationist linguistics, dialect syntax, corpus analysis and linguistic typology.

Linguists working in these areas are Karen Corrigan, Anders Holmberg, Adam Mearns, Heike Pichler, Geoff Poole, Maggie Tallerman, Gary Thoms, Danielle Turton, Joel Wallenberg, William van der Wurff.

Language evolution, acquisition and development

Our research in language evolution, acquisition, and development includes first language acquisition and development, the acquisition of second language morphosyntax and phonology, and evolutionary linguistics.

Linguists working in these areas are Cristina Dye, Martha Young-Scholten, Maggie Tallerman, Joel Wallenberg.