Welcome new graduate students!

We are pleased to announce that nine new graduate students will be joining the department in the 2017-18 academic year.
Please join us in welcoming them!

  • Yuan Chai

    Yuan Chai

    Beijing Normal University
    University of Colorado Boulder

    My research focuses on second language phonetic perception and production. The languages I have worked on are Mandarin and English. My primary research questions are: how do people perceive and produce L2 speech sounds? What is the relationship between perception and production? How to increase L2 discrimination and production accuracy? My master thesis discusses how Mandarin speakers discriminate English vowels, and whether their discrimination accuracies can be predicted by the way they assimilate English vowels into Mandarin categories.

  • September Cowley

    September Cowley

    McGill University

    I am interested in experimental and computational approaches to semantics and pragmatics, and would also like to learn more about psycholinguistics and possibly neurolinguistics. The phenomena in particular that interest me are those that are in some sense difficult to pin down, and thus make communication more difficult. For example, some of the things I am interested in are vagueness, variability (including speaker learning/adaptation to variability), and ambiguity.

  • Charlotte Daciolas-Semon

    Charlotte Daciolas-Semon

    UC Santa Cruz

    My areas of study are morphosyntax and psycholinguistics. I am interested in developing psychologically valid models of structure, and investigating the acquisition of Case systems.

  • Nese Demir

    Nese Demir

    Middle East Technical University, Turkey
    Syracuse University

    My main research interests are phonology, morphophonology, reduplication, and Turkish. Anything about Turkish phonology/morphology is interesting to me. My most recent study focused on the partial reduplication of Turkish adjectives and adverbs, which basically resulted in lexicalization. I am planning to expand my research on reduplication by examining other Turkic languages in the near future. In addition, Yakut (Sakha) and Crimean Tatar are two of the Turkic languages that attract my attention, and I hope to be able to do research on these.

  • Yaqian Huang

    Yaqian Huang

    University of Delaware

    My current research interests are speech perception and voice. First, my previous work on the focus effect on creaky voice in Mandarin led me to think deeply of the linguistic role non-modal phonation plays cross-linguistically. Specifically, I am interested in the phonetic cues related to voice quality in perceiving contrasts, and the difference among native speakers of tonal/phonation-contrastive languages and non-native speakers. Second, I found it intriguing that the variable individual speech sounds converge on one abstract phonological representation. I am attracted to the relation between phonetic realization and phonological category. I wonder how is acoustic information processed in phonological systems?

  • Duk-Ho Jung

    Duk-Ho Jung

    Korea University (South Korea)

    Much of my research has focused on the linguistic phenomena related to syntax—sharing or missing phenomena (ellipses) and locality effects. Mainly dealing with English and Korean, I have explored some theoretical issues, but currently, I am more concerned with establishing a more rigorous empirical basis for the theoretical discussion. Since a great deal of syntactic theories can be reformulated in terms of human cognitive processing rather than grammatical rules, I think it is crucial to distinguish the influence of the domain-general cognitive factors from that of the domain-specific factors unique to the faculty of language (if there is any) in linguistic phenomena. I hope to contribute to identify those domain-specific factors through experimental research.

  • Alejandro (Alex) Rodriguez

    Alejandro (Alex) Rodriguez

    UC Los Angeles

    My general research interests lie on both experimental and theoretical syntax and morphology of Romance. More in particular, I am interested in predicate-argument structures of various syntactic categories and as well as general (a)symmetries between grammaticalization and lexicalization of languages. I am also interested in language fieldwork/documentation of un(der)studied languages and the insights that cross-linguistic patterns may play in the development of linguistic theory.

  • Tory Sampson

    Tory Sampson

    Boston University

    I received my bachelor's from Boston University in 2015. I worked in the Deaf Autism Research Project undertaken by Aaron Shield in my undergraduate years, with which we conducted preliminary research on autistic deaf-of-deaf children. This introduced me to my research interest - studying language acquisition in children. I audited a Brain & Language class in Georgetown and was particularly intrigued by the topic of dyslexia. I wondered whether the symptoms of dyslexia in deaf children were similar to that of hearing children. As I tried to research articles regarding that, I couldn't find anything but one which illustrated the scarcity of research relating to reading and writing of deaf children. During my years at UCSD, I hope to research on the reading acquisition of deaf children, and the reading/learning disabilities that would inevitably appear.

  • Joshua Wampler

    Joshua Wampler

    The Ohio State University

    I am interested in theoretical syntax, with particular attention to syntax's interface with semantics and pragmatics. This stems from my research on anaphoric binding in Albanian, where both structure and meaning play a key element in determining what can be a possible antecedent. Additionally, I am interested representing linguistic theory in a cognitively realistic way--are there really hierarchical trees in our heads? is there invisible structure? what is in the lexicon?

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