Dr Richards’s research is primarily in theoretical and comparative syntax (especially English/ Germanic and Slavonic), with further interests in historical linguistics, language variation and change, and language acquisition.
His research specializes in the generative framework of Noam Chomsky’s Minimalist Program, with a particular focus on how the syntactic component of the human language faculty interacts with, and is shaped by, the external systems of speech (phonology) and thought (semantics).
Open to PhD applications in the field of
- Syntax and/or morphology (theoretical, comparative)
- Cross-linguistic variation and its formal modelling
- Diachronic linguistics and language change
- Language acquisition (first or second, particularly the acquisition of grammatical knowledge)