"Buenos dias", "buenas noches" -- this was the first words in a foreign language I heard in my life, as a three-year old boy growing up in developing post-war Western Germany, where the first gastarbeiters had arrived from Spain. Fascinated by the strange sounds, I tried to get to know some more languages, the only opportunity being TV courses of English and French -- there was no foreign language education for pre-teen school children in Germany yet in those days. Read more
Rutgers linguistics is a renowned department, whose members are dedicated to research, training, and teaching in the field of Linguistics. The department is a center of work in Optimality Theory, syntactic research in Generative Grammar and the Minimalist Program, and semantic research focused on formal semantic theory and the syntax-semantics interface. The department also has an experimental core investigating language acquisition, phonetics, and experimental syntax and semantics.