Research cluster

Linguistic Diversity and Theoretical Linguistics

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Increasing our understanding of human language

We are interested in the diversity of the world’s languages. With some 7000 languages found around the world, there is a substantial amount of linguistic diversity.

However, there are also a number of important similarities and patterns which can be observed. We are interested in studying this diversity, as well as in ways in which a better understanding of this diversity can contribute to our understanding of human language.

Against this backdrop, we also conduct work in theoretical linguistics, which seeks to develop formal models of language.  We have expertise in a number of theoretical approaches including Government Phonology, Optimality Theory and Dynamic Syntax. We also carry out work in lexical semantics and on the syntax-semantics and phonology-syntax interfaces, as well as on the interaction between morphology and phonology.

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Research Cluster Lead Dr Hannah Gibson
Department of Language and Linguistics, University of Essex
Departmental Director of Research Professor Florence Myles
Department of Language and Linguistics, University of Essex