We're currently looking for dedicated graduate and undergraduate students to work in our newly formed processing lab. Please contact Jesse Harris if you're interested.
My primary research in language processing incorporates methods from cognitive science to investigate how language users develop a sufficiently rich linguistic meaning during online comprehension. I've pursued a language processing model that relies on structural heuristics to recover meaning when required, but which may elect to leave some aspects of a representation underspecificied, if doing so is grammatically possible and computationally efficient.
Beyond that, I am interested in many other areas of cognition, including how cognitive processes compete for limited attentional resources, and the structure of the mental lexicon. I also work in formal semantics and pragmatics.
In my research, I conduct studies on human sentence processing with particular focus on processing of syntactic information. My research contributes significantly to the understanding of how second language learners use different kinds of linguistic information such as verb frequency information, lexical semantics, and prosody for structural analysis. I use many experiment techniques such as the self-paced reading paradigm, eye-tracking in reading, and eye-tracking with a visual world paradigm.
I study how information structure, prosody, and different kinds of linguistic information such as case marking and scrambling help individuals in interpreting and processing ambiguous sentences, particularly in ellipsis structures, in order to investigate the implicit knowledge that native speakers have about their language and its regularities. Some of my current research explores the role of information structure in the online interpretation of ellipsis in Persian.
I’m a third year grad student in UCLA’s linguistics department. Broadly speaking, my research deals in theoretical phonology, the relationship between learning and grammar (in both infants and adults), and the interfaces between phonology and the rest of the grammar and cognitive system. I investigate questions in these areas using computational models and experimental tasks, stemming from my strong commitment to lab-based and computational/statistical methods.
Recent projects I’ve been involved with in the lab have included examining the effects of abstract phonological markedness on processing in speech production, and I’m currently involved with a project examining the interaction of phonological, lexical, and semantic factors in the parsing of noun-noun-noun compounds.
I'm a fourth year graduate student in UCLA's linguistics department. My research interests include information structure, the timescale of sentence processing in both production and comprehension, as well as the role of context in ambiguity resolution. In addition, I am interested in individual differences in linguistic processing.
I am a fourth year Ph.D. student in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese. My research interests are centered around the involvement of prosody in human sentence processing, as well as the role of morphosyntactic and phonological cues in memory and retrieval. In addition, I am interested in how theoretical advances pertaining to the syntax-phonology interface can contribute to current online processing models.
I’m a third year graduate student in UCLA's linguistics department. My research interests include prosody, intonation, and the relationship between intonation and meaning. Specifically, I’m interested in exploring how we might integrate intonation into a formal semantic or pragmatic analysis.
I am a fourth year undergraduate student majoring in Linguistics and Psychology and minoring in Asian American Studies. I'm interested in syntax and language processing. I hope to apply what I've learned to become a speech language pathologist in the future.
Outside of the lab, I enjoy playing tennis and practicing ASL.
I am second year undergraduate student from China, formerly lived in Spokane, Washington, double majoring in Cognitive Science and Linguistics. I am interested in the interplay between language processing and cognition.
Outside of the lab, I enjoy reading, practicing meditation, traveling, hiking, and hanging out with friends.
I am a third year Linguistics & Computer Science undergraduate student with a minor in French. I'm interested in natural language processing and the ways in which technology, linguistics, and society overlap. Previously, I've worked in curriculum and web development, engaging in active research with middle school students in the Los Angeles area. I aspire to reach fluency in at least 7 languages (currently working on French, Spanish, and Korean). I love baking, cooking, and especially eating! My other hobbies tend towards crafting and DIY, like sewing, knitting, and art (although in all honesty, I'm a better aficionado than an artist).
I am a second year undergraduate student from Torrance, California, majoring in Linguistics & Computer Science and minoring in Cognitive Science. My interests lie in language acquisition and how human cognitive abilities can be applied to natural language processing.
In my free time, I enjoy listening to music and playing tennis!
Joonhwa is a third year from New York State double-majoring in Cognitive Science and Linguistics & Philosophy with a Computing specialization in both majors. She has just as many interests as the long major-introduction entails, including organizational economics, HCI and UI/UX, natural language processing, law, and more. This is her second year working at the Language Processing Lab at UCLA, and she has experience in web and full-stack development and design.
While she is currently not decided on the particular path she wants to take, she strives towards learning and experiencing as many diverse fields as possible, all while enjoying every step of the way. In her free time catch her enjoying good food, hikes, books, conversation, and finding good music, possibly all at the same time!
I am a third year undergraduate student double majoring in Biology and Political Science with a Biomedical Research minor. My interests include bringing science and its translational applications into the realm of service. As a person who stutters, I have always had a keen interest in language processing and language acquisition.
I hope to gain an M.D/Ph.D in the future. Outside the lab, I enjoy spending time with friends and playing basketball, football, and volleyball.
I'm a third year linguistics major minoring in Spanish and anthropology. I'm fascinated by historical linguistics, formal semantics and grammar, and the finickiness of translation work.
Outside of schoolwork and work-work, I spend what time I have reading, mapping, and playing the keyboard.
I’m a fourth year undergraduate student from Danville, California, majoring in Linguistics and Psychology and minoring in Applied Developmental Psychology. My interests include language acquisition and language processing. I hope to be able to use what I learn to become a speech pathologist.
In my free time, I love to travel, golf, play with my hamster, and hang out with friends!
I am a third year undergraduate from New Jersey, planning on graduating in 2019. I am double majoring in Linguistics & Anthropology and English, with a minor in film. I am most interested in examining the ways language influences thought.
Outside of the lab, my hobbies include tennis, hiking, and photography.
I am a third year from South Carolina, majoring in Linguistics & Computer Science and Psychology, specializing in computation, with a Cognitive Science minor. My interests include speech prediction, psychiatry, and how cognitive processes are applied into Natural Language Processing.
Outside of the lab, I love going to concerts, finding vinyls, and playing board games.