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Theoretical Linguistics

Research in theoretical linguistics at Hopkins aims to characterize the abstract system of knowledge that speakers of a language possess. Our work in this area focuses primarily on the empirical domains of phonology, morphology and syntax, from the perspective of a number of frameworks where Hopkins faculty have made seminal contributions, including Optimality Theory, Tree Adjoining Grammar, and Principles and Parameters theory. This research is distinctive in its formal rigor as well as its attention to empirical detail. Another noteworthy aspect of our theoretical linguistics research, triggered by the rich interdisciplinary environment, is the array of studies that have been and continue to be carried out into the implications of our theories for acquisition, normal and impaired processing, and computation.

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