Theoretical Linguistics

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Linguistic theory aims to explain the nature of human language in terms of basic underlying principles. Linguists study the structure of natural languages in order to gain a better understanding of those principles. UWM linguists conduct research in all of the core areas of linguistic theory: phonetics and phonology (the study of sound systems, sound patterns, and sound structures), syntax and semantics (the study of sentence structure and how it constrains meaning and interpretation, morphology (the study of word structure and its connections with sound and sentence structure), language acquisition, and language change. UWM Linguistics faculty are internationally-recognized for their scholarly contributions, and our students conduct cutting-edge research in all areas of theoretical linguistics.