Labs and Other Research Groups

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Equity in Linguistics (EiL)

EiL provides a space to discuss equitable and inclusive pedagogical practices. We're hoping that these meetings can serve as a space to sustain a culture of discussing equity in the department. In particular, we hope to engage with pedagogical literature on equitable/inclusive teaching practices, discuss how we might adapt these practices for our own teaching contexts, and establish an open line of communication between grads and faculty about these topics.

Austronesian Group (AnG)

AnG brings together students and faculty who are interested in languages within the Austronesian language family. The group discusses readings on Austronesian languages and also acts as a forum for presenting original research on Austronesian languages.

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.

Laryngeal Articulation and Voice Quality (Larynx Time III)

This group will be reading work on laryngeal articulation and acoustic correlates of voice quality and phonation types.

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.

New AustroNesian Group (Nang)

Nang (the New AustroNesian Group) provides a space for discussion of all problems Austronesian.

Phonology/Phonetics Lunch (Phlunch)

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


Lab meeting on the representation and processing of pronouns and nominal features, in connection with grant activities for NSF Grant BCS-2019804 "Animacy and resumption at the border of cognition and grammar."

Santa Cruz Ellipsis Project (SCEP)

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).

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 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.

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.


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.