Centre for Research in Linguistics and Language Sciences

Theoretical & Descriptive Linguistics

Theoretical Linguistics

About

Our work in theoretical and descriptive linguistics centres on linguistic analysis and its implications for the development of theory, particularly within a generative framework.

Inside this broad remit, we focus on four major research areas:

  • language variation and change (including historical/diachronic linguistics, corpus analysis, comparative sociolinguistics, dialect syntax, linguistic typology)
  • linguistic theory (including syntactic theory and comparative syntax, language origins and evolution, phonological theory, morphophonology and morphosyntax, semantics, philosophy and architecture of language)
  • computational linguistics (including natural language processing, corpus linguistics)
  • language acquisition (including first language acquisition and development, second language acquisition).

Here, our work connects with research in language acquisition and developmental linguistics within the Language Acquisition and Clinical Linguistics research themes.

We specialise in the following languages and language families: Arabic, Bengali, Celtic, Finnic, Germanic, including English, Icelandic, and Scandinavian languages, and Romance.

Projects

Recent projects in the Theoretical and Descriptive Linguistics research theme.

Staff

The following members of staff work within the Theoretical and Descriptive Linguistics research theme.

Emeritus Professor Noel Burton-Roberts
Professor of English Language and Linguistics

Email:
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 7753

Professor Karen Corrigan
Prof of Linguistics & English Language

Email:
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 7757

Professor Gerry Docherty
Professor of Phonetics

Email:
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 5844

Dr Carol Fehringer
Senior Lecturer

Email:
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 5635

Dr Damien Hall
Lecturer in French Linguistics

Email:
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 8521

Dr SJ Hannahs
Reader in Linguistics

Email:
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 3400

Professor Anders Holmberg
Professor in Theoretical Linguistics

Email:
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 3530

Professor David Howard
Research Development Professor

Email:
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 7451

Professor Rosaleen Howard
Chair of Hispanic Studies

Email:
Telephone: (00 44) 0191 208 8328

Dr Ghada Khattab
Senior Lecturer

Email:
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 6583

Professor Ian MacKenzie
Professor of Spanish Linguistics

Email:
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 8337

Dr Heike Pichler
Lecturer in Sociolinguistics

Email:
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 3519

Dr Geoffrey Poole
Senior Lecturer in Linguistics

Email:
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 5824

Professor Maggie Tallerman
Professor of Linguistics

Email:
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 7774

Dr Jennifer Thorburn
Lecturer in Sociolinguistics

Email:
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 7757

Dr William van der Wurff
Senior Lecturer in Linguistics

Email:
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 3876

Dr Joel Wallenberg
Lecturer in the History of Eng Lang

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Professor Richard Waltereit
Prof of Romance Linguistics

Email:
Telephone: (0191) 208 3542

Professor Martha Young-Scholten
Professor of Second Language Acquisition

Email:
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 7751