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Linguistic theory aims to explain the nature of human language in
terms of basic underlying principles. Linguists study the structure of
natural languages in order to gain a better understanding of those
principles. UWM (university of Wisconsin Milwaukee) linguists conduct
research in all of the core areas of linguistic theory: phonetics and
phonology (the study of sound systems, sound patterns, and sound
structures), syntax and semantics (the study of sentence structure and
how it constrains meaning and interpretation, morphology (the study of
word structure and its connections with sound and sentence structure),
language acquisition, and language change. UWM Linguistics faculty
are internationally-recognized for their scholarly contributions, and our
students conduct cutting-edge research in all areas of theoretical

Theoretical Linguistics focuses on the examination of the structure of

English in all its manifestations (phonetics, phonology, morphology,
syntax, grammar at large). Further objects of study are: the
significance and interpretation of language within (semantics) and
outside (pragmatics) its structure, language change (historical
linguistics), language in the inner world of the individual (first language
acquisition with typical language development, developmental and
acquired language disorders), and comparative linguistics.