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Leiden University Centre for Linguistics

Theoretical and Experimental Linguistics

This research programme brings together LUCL researchers focusing on theoretical and experimental linguistics. By using theoretical, experimental and digital tools and methods, these researchers seek to understand the nature of language, language acquisition, language variation, and how language is processed in the brain.

Theoretical linguistics

By means of cross-linguistic and dialectal comparative work, theoretical linguists study traditional linguistics fields of phonology, syntax and semantics. Of particular interest are the interactions, or interfaces, between these fields, such as the syntax-semantics interface or the syntax-phonology interface. By further developing and refining models of the human language faculty, researchers contribute to the understanding of linguistic diversity.

Experimental linguistics

Research areas in the field of experimental linguistics include psycholinguistics, neurolinguistics and experimental phonetics. Experimental linguists use a wide range of techniques such as head-turn preference in language acquisition research, eye-tracking, EEG, and fMRI in order to investigate linguistic diversity. By applying these techniques, experimental linguists are able to understand more about child language development, second language acquisition, speech production and perception, and syntactic and semantic processing. LUCL hosts four Experimental Linguistics Labs facilitating these types of research.

Researchers in this field are also members of the Leiden Institute for Brain and Cognition (LIBC), a network dedicated to the interdisciplinary exchange of knowledge and expertise on topics related to brain and cognition.

Academic staff (in alphabetical order)

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