OVERVIEW OF RESEARCH ACTIVITIES
The main research activities of the department range over a number of diverse linguistic disciplines ranging from theoretical to applied linguistic studies with several focal points.
Theoretical research is carried out on issues in phonology, morphology, syntax, lexicology, semantics and pragmatics through the prism of Transformational Generative Grammar, Lexical-Functional Grammar and Cognitive Theory.
Another significant area of research in the department extends over questions of applied linguistics (both non-teaching and teaching related), e. g. most notably computational linguistics, computational lexicography, corpus linguistics, experimental phonetics, phraseology, sociolinguistics and discourse analysis, second language acquisition, and ELT methodology.
The above two focal areas are complemented by research carried out in the history of English, the structure of present-day English, Business English and Academic English.
Of the general topics above, some special and unique research work should be singled out as especially significant and of a pioneering nature, e.g. Hungarian and English morphosyntactic phenomena with special attention to noun phrases (Laczkó Tibor), developing a lexical-functional grammar of Hungarian (Laczkó Tibor, Rákosi György, Tóth Ágoston, Csernyi Gábor), argument structure and related phenomena (Rákosi György), perspectives on the lexicon, research into neural networks and connectionism (Tóth Ágoston), the syntactic and semantic categorisation of idioms (Cserép Attila), discourse markers (Furkó Péter), experimental phonetics, visual English (Nagy Tibor),gender differences in conversational style and in the expression and function of disagreement strategies (Koczogh Helga Wanda), scalar semantic analysis of telicity in Hungarian (Kardos Éva Alíz), statistical methods, pchychometrics in applied linguistics, especially in language pedagogy (Csépes Ildikó), individual differences in second language acquisition; researching language skills, mainly reading comprehension (Mónos Katalin), the application of modern information and communication technologies to improve second language learning and teaching; second language vocabulary acquisition and the mental lexicon (Sankó Gyula), multiculturalism: political and sexual correctness; translation and interpreting theory (Csontos Pál), the meeting of art and language teaching: literature, music and movements in the language class (Fekete Adrienn).