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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

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 second 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.

Lab Members

Jack Atherton

Jack Atherton

I am a third 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.

Kathleen Barnett

Kathleen Barnett

I’m a third 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!

Jenny Chim

Jenny Chim

I'm a fourth year undergraduate student majoring in Psychology and Japanese, and minoring in Linguistics. My primary interests are in language acquisition, language processing and computational linguistics.

Outside of the lab, I enjoy studying foreign languages and practicing kendo, a type of Japanese fencing.

Reuben Garcia

Reuben Garcia

I'm a fourth year linguistics undergraduate student at UCLA. I have a lot of interest in language processing and neurolinguistics, hoping to either go to graduate school or work professionally in a lab after graduation.

Outside of the lab I'm usually with my fraternity brothers or in the library studying.

Sriya Gukal

Sriya Gukal

I’m a third 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).

Aura Cruz Heredia

Aura Cruz Heredia

I’m a second year undergraduate student from Mayagüez, Puerto Rico who spent her teenage years living the good life in Arlington, VA. I’m currently a Neuroscience Major, Linguistics Minor with a strong interest in Cognition and Language. My research interests include everything because wow.

In my free time you’ll find me stressing about my four year plan and playing acoustic guitar.

Maria Knecht

Maria Knecht

I'm a fourth year undergraduate, majoring in linguistics, and minoring in cognitive science. My eventual dream is to pursue teaching and research, specifically in psycholinguistics as it intersects with morphology and semantics. Right now, I'm interested in researching as much as I can!

Outside the lab, I'm usually with my family or my friends, playing music, drinking coffee, or just hanging out!

Pratyusha Javangula

Pratyusha Javangula

I am a fourth year undergraduate from San Jose majoring in Cognitive Science. I'm new to linguistics, but I'm interested in language processing, language acquisition, and the interaction between syntax and semantics. I'm also very interested in the possible applications of insight from research in cognitive linguistics to creating effective legislation and solving social problems.

Outside of the lab, I love to sing, eat Indian food, and go swimming. I'm also a budding activist and enjoy discussing social justice issues and intersectional feminism.

Lexi Loessberg-Zahl

Lexi Loessberg-Zahl

I'm a fourth year from Sacramento, majoring in Cognitive Science and minoring in Linguistics. I'm interested in exploring how my two fields meet in cognitive linguistics and computational linguistics.

Outside of lab, I love exploring LA with my roommates, feeding my coffee addiction, and playing soccer.

Caitlyn Wong Pickard

Caitlyn Wong Pickard

I'm a fourth year undergraduate student from Southern California, majoring in Linguistics and Spanish. My research interests include language processing, second language acquisition, Spanish linguistics, and neurolinguistics.

When I am able to, I enjoy traveling around the world, observing different cultures and their languages. I find it particularly interesting how languages open up an entirely different view point and separate world that, without language, would be out of reach. In the near future, I hope to travel to Vietnam and Jordan.

Ian Rigby

Ian Rigby

I am a fourth year from San Diego, majoring in Psychology and minoring in Linguistics. I am most interested in neurolinguistics, language processing, syntax, pragmatics, and French linguistics.

I also enjoy playing tennis, hiking, and tent-camping in my free time.

Christopher Yang

Christopher Yang

I am a fourth year "San Josean", majoring in Linguistics with a specialization in computing. My research interests focus primarily on phonetics and phonology, with an emphasis on Optimality Theory, underspecification, language processing, and learning.

I love both the outdoors and indoors, so you can either find me hiking on local trails or watching movies (like The Iron Giant!) at home.

Lab Member Alumni

UCLA students

Jhon Cruz Davila (Spring 2015); Marina Evteshina (Winter 2015-Spring 2016); Angie Howard (Winter 2015 - Spring 2016); Yuliya Khaimovich (Spring 2015-Summer 2016); Shayna Lurya (Winter 2016-Summer 2016); Veronika Moroz (Winter 2015-Fall 2016); Karina Ruiz (Winter 2015-Spring 2015); Samantha Jew (Winter 2015 - Spring 2015); Ryan Pineda (Spring 2016); Sophia Sherman (Winter 2015-Spring 2015)

Summer project students

Bryan Li (Columbia University, 2016); Kanan Luce (UC Berkeley, 2016); 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/

Eran Zaidel, UCLA Psychology

https://www.psych.ucla.edu/faculty/page/zaidel/