Linguistics Labs

Arizona Center for Theoretical Syntax

  • Directors: Andrew Carnie, Heidi Harley
  • Affiliated Faculty: Tom Bever, Andrew Barss, Simin Karimi, Janet Nicol, Antxon Olarrea,  Mary Willie, Massimo Piatelli-Palmarini, Tyler Peterson
  • The Syntax Center provides computing and resource materials for the study of topics in theoretical syntax. The center has regular meetings to discuss on going projects, and sponsors a salon on talks and presentations. Students are strongly encouraged to attend lab meetings. Current projects include: Verb Initial Syntax, telicity and argument structure. Uto-Aztecan and Athapaskan Syntax, scrambling, binding and the interface conditions.

Diebold Linguistic Anthropolgy Teaching Lab,

Meetings: Out 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.

Developmental Psycholinguistics Lab

  • Director: Cecile McKee
  • This lab studies language development, especially in children. The emphasis is on experimental studies of syntax. An example of recent research produced by the Developmental Psycholinguistics Lab is a series of studies of children’s production and judgements of relative clauses. This research shows, for example, the importance of frequency factors but distinguishes them from syntactic competence.

Douglass Phonetics Lab

  • Director: Natasha Warner
  • The phonetics lab in the Douglass Building is outfitted for research and teaching in articulatory phonetics, acoustic phonetics, speech perception, and psycholinguistics. One major focus of the lab currently is the reduced speech typical in spontaneous casual conversations.  Students in the lab work both on topics related to this, and on their own unrelated topics in phonetics and experimental phonology
  • Location: Douglass Rooms 316, 318-A, 318-D

Emergence Lab

  • Director: Diana Archangeli
  • We explore an emergentist approach to phonology and how the emergence approach may be extended or applied to other areas in linguistics, including first and second language acquisition, bilingualism, and language change.

Endangered Language Circle, Kevan Joe and Jonathan Geary

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.


Human Language Technology Lab

  • Director: Sandiway Fong


Iranian Linguistics Research Group, Simin Karimi

  •                     Open
  • Weekly meetings                                     Drop-in welcomed but regular preferred

Meetings: ogether 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 & Cognition Lab

  • Director: Thomas Bever
  • This lab works with undergraduates and graduate students in two labs. One is devoted to studying human language and cognition, while people understand sentences. The second lab is devoted to studying spatial behavior and cerebral asymmetries in rats.


Language Evolution, Acquisition, & Processing (LEAP)

  •  (LEAP), Masha Fedzechkina                                     Open
  •                                  regular prefered; drop in to check it out is okay
  •  meetings TBD

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



Multilingualism Group (MuG), Jaycie Martin Open


  • Regular participation preferred
  • 1.5 hours every 1-2 weeks Drop-in to check t 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.                   


The Native American Languages Dictionary

  • Directors: Ofelia Zepeda, Mary Willie, Michael Hammond
  • Electronic Dictionaries of Tohono O’oodham, Navajo and other Native American Languages.


Phonological Acquisition Lab (PAL)

  • Director: Diane Ohala
  • 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.
  • Location: Douglass 220 (the Nemo Room)


Psycholinguistics and Computational Linguistics Lab (PsyCoL)

  • Directors: Adam Ussishkin and Andy Wedel
  • The PsyCoL lab works on issues relating to lexical access, psycholinguistics, computational modeling of language evolution, and electronic resources for linguistic research such as electronic dictionaries.


Psycholinguistics West

  • Director: Janet Nicol
  • Research focus: 2nd language acquisition, comprehension, and production.  This lab contains multiple test booths, each furnished with equipment suitable to conducting psycholinguistics experiments, including an eye-tracking device that monitors eye-movements during reading and during the viewing of visual scenes.
  • Location: Communication Room 314, phone: (520) 626-8187



  • Director: Michael Hammond
  • This lab studies psychophonology, phonology, and psycholinguistics.


 Tweety Language Development Lab

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