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