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OnderzoekOnderzoek Faculteit der LetterenOnderzoeksinstitutenCenter for Language and CognitionResearchTheoretical and Empirical Linguistics

Theoretical and Empirical Linguistics

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The research group Theoretical and empirical linguistics studies the syntax, semantics, morphology, phonology, and phonetics of a variety of languages with a view to enrich our empirical knowledge as well as our theoretical understanding of the nature of the human language faculty. A core characteristic of this research is in-depth cross-linguistic comparison, both synchronically and diachronically. We aim to contribute to the abstract formalization of the properties of language. In addition, we are interested in sociolinguistic aspects of language variation. Working from hypothetico-deductive methods next to bottom-up strategies, we investigate the boundaries between fundamental principles, generalizations, and parametric variation and change.

Theoretical and empirical linguistics organizes various seminars, such as the CLCG Syntax Seminar, and meetings on Phonetics & Phonology, Language Variation & Change, Grammaticalization, and other subjects.

At present, particular topics under investigation include:

  • syntax and semantics of complex construction types (parentheses, coordination, relative clauses)
  • foundations of syntactic structure and the role of interfaces
  • ellipsis phenomena
  • polarity items
  • morphosyntactic dependencies
  • Dutch corpus linguistics
  • phonology as human behavior
  • musical aspects of phonology
  • tonal accents and prosody

Laatst gewijzigd:04 juni 2014 12:39
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