Central questions include: what is a possible human language? Are there modality-specific (spoken/signed/written) constraints on language structures? What are the relationships between linguistic diversity, cognition, culture, and history? To answer these questions we focus on the cross-linguistic study of written, spoken and signed languages in a broader perspective and from different angles.

The initiative is the natural continuation of a long tradition of research on linguistic typology, language documentation and sign language linguistics at the Department of Linguistics. This tradition has been recently strengthened by intensive collaborations with computational, neuro- and psycholinguists also active at the Department. We have now further expanded our research network to researchers working on language acquisition, linguistic relativity, and phonology.

The research area of Linguistic Diversity also includes partners from other departments interested in these general linguistic questions. Within this larger context, we focus on strengthening our capacity for experimental, quantitative and computational methods in the language sciences.

Organizing institution:

Departement of Linguistics

Partner institutions

Department of Swedish Language and Multilingualism
Department of Asian, Middle Eastern and Turkish Studies