Our department is a center of work in Phonology (specifically, Optimality Theory), Syntax (specifically, Generative Grammar and the Minimalist Program), and Semantic and Pragmatic (specifically, formal theory and interactions with Syntax and Pragmatics). Our Linguistics department also has a strong Experimental core investigating Language Acquisition, Syntax, Semantics, Pragmatics, and Phonetics.
Our faculty members' interests represent the core areas of the field of Linguistics, including Syntax, Semantics, Pragmatics, Phonology, and Morphology. They also include theoretically-informed approaches to Computational Learning and Parsing, Language Acquisition, Language Typology, and the Philosophy and Psychology of Language. Language specialties include Romance, Germanic, South Asian (esp. Hindi), Japanese, Benue-Congo (esp. Yoruba), Edo, Amerindian (esp. Mohawk), Hebrew, Haitian, Amazonian, Kalaallisut, and Polynesian. We maintain close ties with the Rutgers Center for Cognitive Science (RuCCS) and the Center for African Studies, as well as the Institute for Global Studies. Our faculty and students also enjoy frequent and productive collaborations with members of other departments with research interests in language, including Philosophy, Psychology, and Spanish & Portuguese.