We are an active and integral part of the large language community at UC San Diego, together with colleagues in cognitive science, psychology, neuroscience, computer science, anthropology, communication and philosophy..
Students also have the opportunity to obtain an Interdisciplinary Ph. in Cognitive Science and Linguistics and a graduate Specialization in Anthropogeny.
There is active involvement and collaboration among our undergraduate students, graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, visitors and faculty in our many Ling grad student Anne Therese Frederiksen has accepted a Chancellor's Postdoctoral Fellowship at UC Irvine, to work with Judith Kroll on pronoun processing in bimodal bilinguals. Our graduate student Tory Sampson has been awarded a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship for 2019-2022 to pursue her project on "Pronominal Acquisition of ASL in Deaf Children".
This project will explore pronoun acquisition in signing deaf children and analyze how they distinguish between deictic and pronominal pointing in ASL.
I have been developing an evolutionary approach that attributes crosslinguistic similarities in functional category systems to processes of cultural evolution responding to pressures of optimizing communication.
Founded in 1963, the UC San Diego Linguistics Department conducts research and offers in-depth instruction in the main areas of linguistics (phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, and pragmatics), contributing to both theoretical and empirical/experimental approaches to language, including computational linguistics, fieldwork, language acquisition, neurolinguistics, psycholinguistics, and sign language.
Cumulatively, these projects have brought together some 60 researchers from around the world to date collecting data and jointly advancing analyses.
I also founded the Semantic Typology Lab at the University at Buffalo, which has been a forum and incubator for student and faculty research since 2008.
The acquisition of pointing and pronouns in deaf children will be compared to that of hearing children using spoken language. Our 4th year graduate student Adam Mc Collum has accepted a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in Phonology in the Department of Linguistics at Rutgers University.
Adam's research is based on fieldwork, formal and computational methods and laboratory phonology.