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2016 Distinguished Professor - Peter Culicover

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Peter Culicover has been a prominent figure in the field of linguistics for more than 40 years and a faculty member at Ohio State since 1987. He’s made substantial contributions to the theory of grammar, the grammatical analysis of English and to the study of language and language acquisition in cognitive science. A linguist who studies languages with a “capital L,” Culicover’s primary interest is figuring out how language works and why it works that way. “Not just a particular language, like English or German or Italian, but language with a capital L,” he said. “How do languages differ from one another and how are they the same? And why are they the same? There are two parts — how do you explain the universal properties of language and the diversity of language? Diversity is quite extreme but it’s always within a set of limits. The goal is to explain the universals and also how the limits work.”