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Linguistics Labs

Arizona Center for Theoretical Syntax

Meetings: The Syntax Center provides computing and resourse materials for the study of topics in theoretical syntax. The center sponsors SynSalon, a regular meeting open to all, in which members may present work in progress, practice talks and presentations, or discuss a topic of current interest. Students are strongly encouraged to attend SynSalon. Current projects include: Verb Initial Syntax, telicity and argument structure. Uto-Aztecan and Athapaskan Syntax, passive, second-position clitics and complex predicates.

Celtic Linguistics Group

Meetings: The Celtic Linguistics Group is a research cluster of faculty, graduate students and undergraduates that studies the Syntax, Morphology, Phonetics and Phonology of the Modern Celtic Languages, with an emphasis on Scottish Gaelic, Breton, Welsh, Manx and Modern Irish. The Celtic Linguistics group has been the focus point for 5 major NSF research grants (see list below) and 2 smaller NSF conference and supplement grants. The group has explored a wide range of topics from experimental and instrumental measures of initial consonant mutation, to the syntax of pronoun post-posing, to corpus analysis of variation, to effective experimental methodologies in the field and to basic documentation and grammar writing. There have been a number of related and spin-off projects involving automatic speech recognition in Gaelic, language contact between Welsh and Spanish in Patagonia, and the structure of Welsh poetry. Some of the results of the Gaelic projects can be seen at: https://linguistics.arizona.edu/node/670   

Language and Cognition Lab

  • Director: Tom Bever                                              Open
  • tgb@email.arizona.edu                                           Meetings scheduled as needed, drop-in is okay                                                                             

Meetings: Discuss on-going research by students & faculty to be informed and to help: Topics range according to Individual interests: usual topics range acorss issues relating to cognition, universals, acquisition neurolinguistics, reading, L1/L2 consciousness, aesthetics.. you name it. Special current focus is on brain activity during perspective and retropective processsing of language.        

Computational Linguistics/ NLP Reading Group         

  • Directors: Mihai Surdeanu, Clayton Morrison, Steven Bethard, Peter Jansen         
  • msurdeanu@email.arizona.edu                            Friday 2-3:30pm, Gould Simpson 856. Open, drop-ins are welcome! In addition we encourage collaborations with Linguistics students. Some are even paid.

Meetings: The Computational Language Understanding (CLU) Lab at University of Arizona is a team of faculty, students, and research programmers who work together to build systems that extract meaning from natural language texts, including question answering (answering natural language questions), information extraction (extracting specific relations and events), semantic role labeling (extracting semantic frames that model who did what to whom, when and where), parsing the discourse structure of complex texts, and other computational linguistics problems. These systems were used in several applications, ranging from extracting cancer signaling pathways from biomedical articles to automated systems for answering multiple-choice science-exam questions. The CLU lab includes members from the Computer Science department, the Linguistics department, and the School of Information. clulab.org   

Developmental Psycholinguistics Lab

  • Director: Cecile McKee                                         Meetings require 60-90 minutes/week
  • mckee@email.arizona.edu                                    

Meetings: We discuss studies of language development, especially in children. The emphasis is on experimental studies of syntax. An example of research produced by this lab is a series of studies of children’s production of relative clauses. This research shows, for example, the importance of frequency factors but distinguishes them from syntactic competence.

Diebold Linguistic Anthropology Teaching Lab

Meetings: Linguistics Anthropology is a dynamic research space providing faculty, graduate students, and undergraduates with state-of-the-art multimedia recording equipment, private experimental facilities, data storage, analytical software, and digitization capability. It serves as a venue for teaching, linguistics anthropology lab meetings, video recordings, and language-releated research.

Douglass Phonetics Lab

  • Director: Natasha Warner
  • nwarner@email.arizona.edu                             
  • 1.5 hours every 2 weeks. Meetings are semi-open (contact Natasha first), regular attendance preferred; drop-in check it out is okay

Meetings: present recently collected data for input, get feedback on new experiment designs, practice talks or get feedback on draft posters

Emergence Lab

  • Director: Diana Archangeli, Amber Lubera
  • dba@email.arizona.edu                                           2 hours every 2 weeks
  • allubera@email.arizona.edu                                    Open, regular participation preferred. Drop in to check it out is okay.

Meetings: Discuss Emergent Phonology and how this theoretical approach may be extended or applied to other areas in linguistics, including first and second language acquisition, bilingualism, and language change. This is accomplished through reading and discussing papers, working on data presented by members of the group, and inviting experts to come to chat about the emergent theory in their area of expertise. In general, we discuss one paper every two weeks and then spend the next week listening to individual or group presentations from members.

Endangered Language Circle

Meetings: ELC meets to discuss issues relating to language revitalization, language policy and planning, and anything else having to do with endangered languages. We also meet to plan various activities, such as hosting a booth at the UA International Mother Language Day Celebration.

Friends of Yuman

Meetings: We meet to read and discuss research on the Yuman family of languages. Yuman languages are spoken in Arizona, California, and Baja California, and include Piipaash, Quechan, Mojave, Cocopah, Kumeyaay, and the Pai languages. Meeting topics include both linguistic and anthropological research.

Human Language Technology Lab

  • Director: Sandiway Fong
  • sandiway@email.arizona.edu                               
  • The HLT lab provides research space. There are no regular meetings.Douglass 230 is the HLT Lab available for use by all HLT students. In addition, Douglass 301/309 is also available by permission of Sandiway Fong.                            

Iranian Linguistics Research Group

  • Director: Simin Karimi                                        Weekly Meetings
  • karimi@email.arizona.edu                                    Open: regular participation is preferred. Drop-in to check it out is okay.

Meetings: Together with a group of faculty and students, we investigate various aspects of Iranian languages at our weekly meetings. Our main interest consists of syntactic properties as well as morpho-syntactic and syntax-semantics interactions in these languages. This year, we will focus on passive constructions and various types of elliptical constructions across this language family. We are also interested in the complex cliticization process we have observed in some of these languages. We read and discuss articles, analyze data we have collected, write conference abstracts, and prepare the results of our work for publication.

Language Evolution, Acquisition, & Processing (LEAP)

  •  Director: Masha Fedzechkina                                Open
  •  mfedzech@email.arizona.edu                                  Regular prefered; drop-in to check it out is okay

Meetings: discuss lab members' projects, practice talks, methods tutorials, publications relating to language processing/acquisition/evolution

Multilingualism Group (MuG)

  • 1.5 hours every 1-2 week. Open; regular participation preferred. Drop in to check it out is okay.                                  

Meetings: discuss papers and/or members' work on various topics relating to bi/multilingualism members include students and faculty from several UA departments.

Phonological Acquisition Lab (PAL)

  • Director: Diane Ohala                                        Meetings scheduled as needed
  • ohalad@email.arizona.edu
  • Douglass 220 (the Nemo Room)

Meetings: The Phonological Acquisition Lab works with pre-school age children with normal language development as well as children with speech-language impairment. Our focus is on children's developing speech with an aim towards understanding how and why children make the particular sound errors they do, with the ultimate goal of explaining the consistent, non-random and cross-linguistic patterns that occur in the speech of young children as well as the deviations from the norm.

Psycholinguistics and Bilingualism

  • Director: Janet Nicol                                         Meetings scheduled as needed
  • nicol@email.arizona.edu
  • Comm314

Meetings: Discussions will have to do with the ongoing research on (1) learning words/phrases in a new language and/or (2) eye-movement tracking during language comprehension. 

Psycholinguistics and Computational Linguistics (PsyCol) Lab

  • Directors: Adam Ussishkin and Andy Wedel
  • All meetings are open unless otherwise noted. Drop-ins OK; regular participation is not expected. Please contact us to be added to the PsyCoL lab listserv.

Meetings: We meet to discuss lab members’ current research projects and as a reading group. Meeting topics include psycholinguistics, computational linguistics, statistics, typology, phonetics, phonology, morphology, and experimental methods. Lab meetings are organized by Jonathan Geary (lab manager) and regularly attended by Adam Ussishkin (co-director), Andy Wedel (co-director), Masha Fedzechkina, Diane Ohala, and their students, among others, so you should attend if you’re interested in learning about their research and interests.


  • Director: Michael Hammond                               No regularly scheduled meetings
  • hammond@enail.ariona.edu                                    

Meetings: This lab studies psychophonology, phonology, and psycholinguistics.

Siouan Languages Working Group

Manager: Corey Roberts


Weekly meetings that last 1-1.5 hours and are open to drop-ins as well as regular guests.

Meetings: We are a group committed to the exploration of the cultures and linguistic complexities of the Siouan languages (such as Crow, Hidatsa, Quapaw, Lakota, and Tutelo-Saponi et al). We focus on anthropological and linguistic literature (generally one reading per week), and we give particular emphasis to diachronic analysis of Siouan grammar. We also serve as a workshop space to assist with new analysis of languages in the family.

Tweety Language Development Lab

  • Director: LouAnn Gerken                                   Contact director for more information
  • gerken@email.arizona.edu                                        

Meetings: The Tweety Language Development Lab asks how infants and young children infer aspects of linguistic structure, including phonology and syntax.