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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

Visiting Scholars and post-docs

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

Vahideh Rasekhi

Vahideh Rasekhi, Elahé Omidyar Mir-Djalali Postdoctoral Fellow in Iranian Linguistics

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.

https://vahidehrasekhi.com

Graduate Researchers

Canaan Breiss

Canaan Breiss

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.

https://cbreiss.com/

Marju Kaps

Marju Kaps

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.

https://sites.google.com/view/marjukaps/home

Alexandra Lawn

Alexandra Lawn

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.

http://alexandralawn.wixsite.com/ucla

Beth Sturman

Beth Sturman

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.

http://bsturman.humspace.ucla.edu/

Lab Members

Janice Chen

Janice Chen

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.

Xiaoghan (Hannah) Guo

Xiaoghan (Hannah) Guo

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.

Kyna Horten

Kyna Horten

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).

Lily Kawaoto

Lily Kawaoto

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 Kim

Joonhwa Kim

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!

Nathan Mallepeddi

Nathan Mallepeddi

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.

Dylan Ross

Dylan Ross

I am a second year linguistics student from Andover, Massachusetts. My primary interests within linguistics are articulatory and acoustic phonetics, and I am also exploring the processes in the brain that allow for language to occur.

In my free time you may find me playing sudoku, video editing, listening to folk and blues, and reading.

Callum Syderff

Callum Syderff

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.

Alison Suh

Alison Suh

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!

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.

Chenchen Wang

Chenchen Wang

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.

Rebecca Wu

Rebecca Wu

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.

Lab Member Alumni

John Gluckman (Current position: Assistant Professor, University of Kansas); Stephanie Rich (Current position: Graduate student, UCSC);

UCLA undergraduate students

Jack Atherton (Summer 2016 - Spring 2017); Lalitha Balachandran (Fall 2017 - Spring 2018); Kathleen Barnett (Winter 2017 - Spring 2018); Anthony Chadwick (Fall 2017 - Spring 2018); Jenny Chim (Summer 2016 - Spring 2017); Jhon Cruz Davila (Spring 2015); Marina Evteshina (Winter 2015 - Spring 2016); Naseem Fazeli (Spring 2017); Sriya Gukal (Winter 2017 - Spring 2018); Arjun Gananathan (Fall 2017 - Spring 2018); 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); Sai Durgeshwari Rajandiran (Summer 2017 - Spring 2018); Brianna Rodriguez (Summer 2017 - Fall 2017); Karina Ruiz (Winter 2015 - Spring 2015); Katie Savage (Winter 2018 - Spring 2018); Sophia Sherman (Winter 2015 - Spring 2015); Pranav Singh (Winter 2018 - Spring 2018); Livia Witteveen (Spring 2017 - Spring 2018); Christopher Yang (Fall 2016 - Spring 2017)

Summer project students

Christy 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/