Reading and Research Groups


    Experimental Syntax and Processing Lab (S-LAB)

  • S-LAB is a reading and discussion group that broadly focuses on how grammars are used in real-time language comprehension. The group aims to investigate experimental work and methods and the relation between grammatical and psycholinguistic theories.

    S-LAB website


  • Language Identity and Perception (LIP)

  • Language Identity and Perception (LIP) Reading Group is a Phonetics reading & discussion group, primarily focusing on issues surrounding speech perception and talker identity in various populations, languages and varieties. We gather almost (but not quite) every week to discuss an experimental paper that no one in the group has read before. LIP Reading Group is an interdepartmental group, including faculty and students from the Linguistics Department and Languages and Applied Linguistics Department at UCSC.

    LIP website


  • Language, Identity and Variation

  • The group meets to discuss studies on speech perception, language variation and change, talker identity and normalization, from a phonetic standpoint.

    Language, Identity and Variation website


  • Language, Logic & Cognition (LaLoCo)

  • LaLoCo is a group dedicated to establishing and solidifying connections between formally sophisticated linguistic theories and modern methods of data analysis and cognitive models of learning.

    LaLoCo website


  • Morphology Reading Group (MRG)

  • MRG is an informal forum in which a variety of morphological topics, chosen by the group members, are read about and discussed. All are welcome to attend.

    MRG website


  • Phonetics/Phonology Lunch (Phlunch)

  • The phonetics/phonology lunch group ("Phlunch") combines readings on topics selected by students and faculty with informal presentations of work in progress.

    Phlunch website


  • Santa Cruz Ellipsis Consortium (SCEC)

  • The Santa Cruz Ellipsis Consortium is a collaboration among faculty and students (undergraduate and graduate) in the language sciences at UCSC, whose purpose is to deepen understanding of one of the most pervasive and mysterious aspects of human language — that of ellipsis (in which large stretches of an utterance are reduced to silence but their meaning somehow communicated). 

    SCEC website


  • Semantics, Pragmatics and LAnguage Philosophy (SPLAP)

  • SPLAP is a reading and discussion group devoted to consideration of all aspects of linguistic meaning—exploring theoretical, empirical and experimental approaches to the semantics and pragmatics of natural language, drawing on traditions as intertwined as linguistics and logic, and as distinct as philosophy and psychology.

    SPLAP website


  • Syntax and its Interfaces (S̅-Circle)

  • S̅-Circle is a reading group focusing on theoretical syntax and its interfaces with semantics, phonology, morphology, and the lexicon. It serves as a venue for students and faculty to discuss cutting-edge theory, classic mysteries, and novel observations.

    S̅-Circle website


  • Syntax and Semantics Circle (S-Circle)

  • S-Circle provides a forum in which graduate students, faculty, and visitors can present and discuss research in the areas of syntax, semantics and their interconnections in an informal setting.

    S-Circle website


  • Syntax-Prosody in Optimality Theory (SPOT)

  • Syntax-Prosody in Optimality Theory (SPOT) is a collaborative research project which aims to develop new tools for rigorously investigating the mapping from syntactic to prosodic structure. The group is developing an application which performs automatic candidate generation and constraint evaluation over prosodic parses.

    SPOT website


  • Workshop on the Languages of Meso-America (WLMA)

  • Workshop on the Languages of Meso-America (WLMA) is a group which aims to bring together students and faculty with research interests in the languages of Meso-America. It continues a long tradition within the department of theoretical investigation and documentation of these languages.

    WLMA website