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Syntax aims at a scientific understanding of how words are put together to form meaningful sentences; it investigates questions like: what are possible and impossible word combinations and structures; why do some combinations work (i.e. produce interpretable and sometimes ambiguous sentences) while others do not, how do speakers acquire the knowledge necessary to produce these combinations and how do they put it to use in everyday communication? 


In our lab, we approach these questions comparatively, studying a variety of languages, with a special interest in Romance (especially French)  and Creole languages, and
 experimentally using a variety of techniques (corpus searches, on line judgment tasks, truth-value judgment tasks, perception, , acoustic analysis, and ERP

Other Labs we collaborate with:

Cognitive Science Laboratory in Lyon (CNRS,L2C2)

Rutgers Psycholinguistics Laboratory

Rutgers Laboratory for Developmental Language Studies

Other colleagues we collaborate with:

Dr. Fabiola Henri, University of Kentucky

Dr. Emmanuel Schang, Université d'Orleans, France.

Dr. Maria-Teresa Espinal, University Autonoma of Barcelona

Dr. Susagna Tubau, University Autonoma of Barcelona

Dr. Richard Larson, SUNY Stony Brook

Dr. Frances Blanchette, Assistant Director, Center for Language Science The Pennsylvania State University

Dr. Asya Achimova Wayne States University

Dr. Cecilia Poletto. Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main

Funded International Projects and Networks we currently participate in:

The Structure, Emergence and Evolution of Pidgin and Creole Languages

Advancing the European Multilingual Experience (AthEME)