Prof.dr. L.L. (Lisa) Cheng

  • Professor
  • Syntactic theory
  • Comparative syntax

Telephone number: +31 (0)71 527 2104
Faculty / Department: Faculteit der Geesteswetenschappen, Leiden Univ Centre for Linguistics, LUCL Taalwetenschap
Office Address: Witte Singel-complex
P.N. van Eyckhof 3
2311 BV Leiden
Room number 2.01a
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What I find intriguing in language is the fact that languages can be superficially so different but at the same time so similar. This can be seen not only across dialects of a particular language (for example Chinese dialects), but also across language barriers (such as Basque vs. Dutch). The central questions of my research thus center upon the how’s and why’s of language variation. The answers to these questions can only be found by studying language as a system, and by doing interdisciplinary research on the brain.
Starting with my thesis work on question formation, I find it absolutely fascinating to work on comparative syntax. It is fascinating and exciting to learn new facts and new phenomena, and it never gets dull.

Comparative syntax, syntax-semantics interface, typology, Chinese syntax, syntax-phonology interface, Bantu syntax

2004-2008  Research grant on the Word order and Morphological Marking
                 in  Bantu. NWO, Principal Investigator  (with co-investigator 
                 Thilo Schadenberg)

Last Modified: 11-12-2015