SOAS University of London

Department of Linguistics, School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics

Language typology

The field of linguistics has seen dynamic development in recent years, with new approaches to the scientific study of language. These approaches rely heavily on linguistic typology and cross-linguistic data, as well as strong contribution from our department’s work on language documentation and description. Typology lies at the centre of this research because it directly addresses the question which many consider to be one of the most important questions in the field: why and how are all languages similar and why and how do they differ from each other? Against this background, the department’s research remains focussed on the topic of linguistic typology including e.g.:        

  • typology of information structure and its interaction with grammar
  • typology of possessive expressions
  • typology of subject inversion constructions
  • typology of applicative constructions