Labs and Other Research Groups

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Language, Identity, and Perception (LIP) Reading Group

LIP is a phonetics reading and discussion group, primarily focusing on issues surrounding speech perception and talker identity in various populations, languages and varieties. The group gathers nearly every week to discuss an experimental paper that no one in the group has read before. LIP is an interdepartmental group, including faculty and students from Lingusitics, as well as Languages and Applied Linguistics.


Language, Logic, and Cognition Lab (LaLoCo)

The overarching goal of LaLoCo is to establish and solidify connections between (i) detailed, formally sophisticated linguistic theories—formal semantics theories in particular—and (ii) modern methods of data analysis and cognitive models of learning and processing abstract, highly structured representations of the kind deployed in formal semantics and generative linguistics more broadly.


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.


Phonology/Phonetics Lunch (Phlunch)

Phlunch combines readings on topics selected by students and faculty with informal presentations of work in progress.


Santa Cruz Ellipsis Consortium (SCEC)

SCEC 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).


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.


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.


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.


Syntax-Prosody in Optimality Theory (SPOT)

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.


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Syntax, Semantics, and Language Processing Lab (SLAB)

SLAB 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.


Workshop on the Languages of Meso-America (WLMA)

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.