Research introduction

The Department of Linguistics at Memorial University of Newfoundland was founded in 1967. Since then, it has developed into a dynamic, research-oriented department. Our department prides itself on maintaining strong links between teaching and research, with emphasis on data-driven, theoretically informed inquiry into aboriginal languages, language variation and change, language acquisition and historical linguistics. We invest our students into the community of linguistic scholars through active engagement in primary research, supported by unique and extensive in-house data archives, broad library holdings and state-of-the-art labs and analytical tools. Strong relations with robust local speech communities enhance our research and our teaching.

Research interests

The research interests of the department are broad, and its theoretical orientations range from formal to functional, including Minimalist syntactic theory and non-linear phonology. Members of the department are actively involved in research programs in morphology, syntax, phonology, historical linguistics, language variation, and language acquisition. Research focusing on the local area is a particular strength of the department.

The department's main areas of research are organized by language and linguistic subdiscipline. Ph.D. research is especially encouraged in the areas described in these pages.

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Department of Linguistics

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