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Welcome new graduate students!

We are pleased to announce the following graduate students will be joining the department in the 2023-24 academic year. Please join us in welcoming them!

  • Devon Denny

    Devon Denny

    I study Athabaskan syntax with a focus on Navajo structure. I am interested in analyzing overt question markers, negation particles and wh- movement in Navajo. I received my Linguistics B.A. and TESOL certificate at the University of Utah and my Linguistics M.S. at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Having taught ESL and Linguistics, I have discovered a love of teaching. So, creating a Navajo linguistics curriculum is also well within my domain of interest.
  • Noah Khaloo

    Noah Khaloo

    Hello! My name is Noah Khaloo. I am from Orange County, CA and I received my undergraduate degree from UC Irvine. My research interests include phonetics, phonology, and Eastern-Aramaic languages. In my free time, I love to cook, surf, and camp! I am so excited to join the Linguistics department at UC San Diego, as I believe this is the perfect place to begin my career as a linguist!
  • Penny Pan

    Penny Pan

    I received my B.A. in Cognitive Science from Vassar College and my M.S. in Symbolic Systems from Stanford University. My primary interests include psycholinguistics and pragmatics. More specifically, I am interested in studying how people process language and make inferences using computational models as well as behavioral experiments, and some of my current projects focus on projection inferences and effects of discourse.
  • Hugo Pau

    Hugo Pau

    I am Hugo Pau, a PhD student in Linguistics at the University of California at San Diego. I am interested in Syntax and its interface with more general cognitive systems. In particular, I am working on Cantonese and English wh-islands. Through the comparison between the wh-islands in the two languages, I would like to find out the relationship between the syntactic constraints on long-distance dependency and the constraints on working memory.
  • Unsub Shin

    Unsub Shin

    My main research interests are syntax and semantics with a focus on the use of experimental methods and computational models. More specifically, I have studied long-distance dependecies using acceptability judgment tasks and deep learning-based language models. I have also actively involved in building annotated corpora for linguistic studies and machine learning. Some contributions of mine are available through Frontiers in Psychology, Scientific Reports, JMIR medical informatics, etc. I look forward to study experimental syntax at UCSD, and I feel really fortunate to continue my linguistic studies.