We are a center for research on theoretical and experimental linguistics. Our core areas of research are formal semantics, pragmatics, syntax, language acquisition, corpus linguistics, and historical linguistics.
Our faculty and students are engaged in projects in a wide range of topics, including polarity sensitivity, presuppositions, conditionals, the semantics of verbal morphology, indirect discourse, the pragmatics of text and discourse, speaker-oriented adverbials, discourse particles, the acquisition of the mass-count distinction, free choice, indefinites and their interactions with modality, the semantics of generic constructions, collocations, and the acquisition of mass and count.
Researchers in the English Seminar actively collaborate with members of the Linguistics Department and the German Department. Such a collaboration resulted in the creation of the Courant Center "Text Structures".