Stony Brook University
Thomas Graf's research operates at the intersection of theoretical linguistics and computer
science. His main interest is in the structural complexity of syntax and phonology,
its implications for processing and acquisition, and how empirical phenomena such
as island effects arise from the complexity limits of natural language. In his research
Graf has drawn on data from a wide range of languages including English, German, Icelandic,
Cairene Arabic and American Sign Language. He received his M.A. from the University
of Vienna and his Ph.D. from UCLA.