CASTL is a Norwegian Center of Excellence in theoretical linguistics with a lively graduate school and research atmosphere
Our research spans syntax, phonology, and language acquisition
CASTL is a research center at the University of Tromsø (UiT), housing an international team of researchers. CASTL also runs one of UiT’s special graduate schools (forskerskoler), providing an active, intense, and informal research atmosphere for our graduate students, with several research seminars and colloquia every week.
CASTL’s work is organized around a core group of senior researchers: Bruce Morén-Duolljá, Gillian Ramchand, Michal Starke, Peter Svenonius, Tarald Taraldsen, and Marit Westergaard. Our research combines novel theoretical work with careful and detailed empirical investigations in linguistics.
The syntax group (Ramchand, Starke, Svenonius, Taraldsen) is working on several topics at the interfaces of syntax with other systems, in particular morphology and semantics. On the empirical side, we are deeply committed to comparative work, and to an integration of morphological, semantic and syntactic patterns. Our research includes a range of subprojects, including work on Bantu languages, Nordic dialect syntax, lexical semantics, and spell-out.
The phonology group (led by Morén-Duolljá) is exploring a phonology which is strictly separated from phonetics ("substance-free") and where much of the structure is emergent from general principles rather than given by Universal Grammar ("minimalist"). This research is divided into two main subprojects: one on feature theory (the internal representation of segments) and one on prosodic theory (how segments relate to one another).
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