Lab team experiment
Jesse Harris giving a talk
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Lab Team

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.

Lab Director

Jesse Harris

Jesse Harris, Assistant Professor

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.

www.linguistics.ucla.edu/people/harris

Lab Manager

Stephanie Rich

Stephanie Rich, Lab Manager

I am a recent graduate of University of Massachusetts Amherst where I completed a joint major in Linguistics and Psychology and minors in Latin and Russian. My primary research interests focus on the time course of- and interaction between syntactic and semantic processing. I am also interested in the role that prosody plays at various stages of processing.

Visiting Scholar

Chie Nakamura

Chie Nakamura, Visiting Scholar

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.

https://sites.google.com/site/carumakan/home

Graduate Researchers

John Gluckman

John Gluckman

I'm a fifth year graduate student in UCLA's linguistics department. I use experimental methods to test theoretical predications pertaining to morphological and syntactic issues. My current interests focus on theories of phi-features and (A-)movement phenomena. Outside of experimental work, I am committed to using fieldwork to address questions of linguistic theory.

www.jgluckman.com

Marju Kaps

Marju Kaps

I'm a third 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.

Alexandra Lawn

Alexandra Lawn

I am a third 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.

http://alexandralawn.wixsite.com/ucla

Lab Members

Jack Atherton

Jack Atherton

I am a fourth year undergraduate from South Florida majoring in Linguistics and Computer Science. I'm most interested in syntax, language processing, and computational linguistics.

Outside of the lab, I enjoy exploring the many trails LA has to offer, as well as cooking and programming.

Lalitha Balachandran

Lalitha Balachandran

I'm a fourth year undergraduate student from the Bay Area majoring in Linguistics. My interests include neurolinguistics, language processing, language evolution, and birdsong.

In my free time, I enjoy traveling, cooking, playing various instruments, and going to classic car shows.

Kathleen Barnett

Kathleen Barnett

I’m a fourth year undergraduate from Sacramento, with a psychobiology major with a linguistics minor. I’m relatively new to linguistics in general, but I’m interested in language development and acquisition, and I hope to end up as a speech pathologist or neurologist.

In my free time I love tutoring kids, hanging out with friends, and dancing!

Anthony Chadwick

Anthony Chadwick

I am a fifth year Linguistics and Psychology major with several years of computer science study. Language and human cognition are fascinating. Consequently, I am pursuing a post graduate occupation in either the mental health field or some form of language and communications work within the FBI.

When I'm not juggling school work, or trying to act the Gatsby socialite, I'm playing with my rescue cat, scuba diving, dancing, or reading a book.

Janice Chen

Janice Chen

I am a third year undergraduate student majoring in Linguistics and Psychology and hoping to minor in Disabilities Studies. I'm new to linguistics, but I'm excited to research and learn in order to apply this knowledge to become an SLP in the future.

Outside of the lab, I enjoy playing tennis and practicing ASL.

Arjun Gananathan

Arjun Gananathan

I am a third (and final) year undergraduate student from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, pursuing a double major in Psychology and Linguistics. My primary research interests lie in phonological typology and optimality theory. However, I have found that UCLA classes continue to broaden my interests, and in this regard I have been motivated to explore the processes of language learning, models of memory, and the application of formal logic to semantic theory.

In my free time, I enjoy playing or listening to jazz and metal music, in addition to watching my beloved New York Yankees!

Sriya Gukal

Sriya Gukal

I’m a fourth year undergraduate from *all over the place* majoring in Linguistics and Computer Science. I’m primarily interested in language acquisition and language processing, and my dream is to pursue a career in NLP!

Outside of the lab, I spend my time learning languages (currently studying a sixth!) and dancing (don’t check YouTube).

Durgesh	Rajandiran

Sai Durgeshwari Rajandiran

I am a fourth year undergraduate from Malaysia, currently pursuing a major in Linguistics and English. My interests change every quarter because I keep on discovering more fascinating subfields of linguistics with each class. By and large though, I enjoy learning about child language development and second language acquisition.

In my free time, I love to hike, attend free concerts in LA, and try new (and affordable) restaurants!

Delaney Warren

Delaney Warren

I am a fourth year undergraduate student from Big Bear, California, majoring in Linguistics and Computer Science. My academic interests include language processing, syntax, and machine learning applied to natural speech algorithms. I plan to continue on to graduate school after graduation and work in the research field.

Outside of the lab, you might find me traveling the world or belting out Beyonce with my a cappella group. If I'm not there, I'm probably in bed watching Netflix with my cat.

Livia Witteveen

Livia Witteveen

I'm a third year undergraduate from San Diego, majoring in Linguistics and Scandinavian Languages. My interests include language acquisition, language processing, sociolinguistics, and Germanic languages.

Outside of the lab, I enjoy traveling, baking, reading, and playing with my dogs.

Lab Member Alumni

UCLA students

Jenny Chim (Summer 2016 - Spring 2017); Jhon Cruz Davila (Spring 2015); Marina Evteshina (Winter 2015 - Spring 2016); Naseem Fazeli (Spring 2017); Reuben Garcia (Summer 2016 - Spring 2017); Aura Cruz Heredia (Spring 2016 - Spring 2017); Diana Hoang (Spring 2017 - Summer 2017); Angie Howard (Winter 2015 - Spring 2016); Pratyusha Javangula (Winter 2017 - Spring 2017); Samantha Jew (Winter 2015 - Spring 2015); Yuliya Khaimovich (Spring 2015 - Summer 2016); Maria Knecht (Fall 2016 - Spring 2017); Lexi Loessberg-Zahl (Spring 2016 - Spring 2017); Shayna Lurya (Winter 2016 - Summer 2016); Veronika Moroz (Winter 2015 - Fall 2016); Caitlyn Wong Pickard (Spring 2016 - Spring 2016); Ryan Pineda (Spring 2016); Karina Ruiz (Winter 2015 - Spring 2015); Sophia Sherman (Winter 2015 - Spring 2015); Christopher Yang (Fall 2016 - Spring 2017)

Summer project students

Chisty Gross (UC Santa Barbara, 2017); Bryan Li (Columbia University, 2016); Kanan Luce (UC Berkeley, 2016); Kimmy Maguire (High School student, 2017) Frederick Muth (Yale University, 2015)

Associated Faculty

Sun-Ah Jun, UCLA Linguistics

http://www.linguistics.ucla.edu/people/jun/

Carson Schütze, UCLA Linguistics

http://www.linguistics.ucla.edu/people/cschutze/