Principal investigators

Ryan Bennett (rbennett@ucsc.edu) is a phonologist in the Department of Linguistics at UC Santa Cruz. His research is in formal phonology, including the syntax-, morphology-, and phonetics-phonology interfaces.

Máire Ní Chiosáin (maire.nichiosain@ucd.ie) is a phonologist in the School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics at University College Dublin. Her research focuses in particular on the phonology of Irish.

Grant McGuire (gmcguir1@ucsc.edu), professor of linguistics at UC Santa Cruz, is generally interested in speech perception as it relates to phonetics and phonology. His current research is aimed at perceptual learning, phonetic categorization, and language specific perception.

Jaye Padgett (padgett@ucsc.edu) is a professor of linguistics at UC Santa Cruz. His work combines formal analysis, usually within Optimality Theory, with experimental methodologies. He is particularly interested in the role of contrast and perceptual distinctiveness in phonetics and phonology.

Research Assistants

Jennifer Bellik (jbellik@ucsc.edu) is a fourth year graduate student at UCSC whose research interests include Turkish phonology and phonetics, and computational approaches to the syntax-prosody interface.

Dhyana Buckley (dmbuckle@ucsc.edu) is a second year graduate student at UCSC. Her research interests include phonetics, computational and corpus linguistics, and developing a semantic approach to improving machine learning.

Jacob Chemnick (jchemnic@ucsc.edu) is a third-year undergraduate student studying linguistics, interested primarily in morphophonology, ellipsis, and lexical semantics.

Justin Talbott (jtalbott@ucsc.edu) is a third-year undergraduate student at UCSC majoring in linguistics. His research interests include historical phonetic sound change, Mayan phonology, and sociolinguistics.

Serene Tseng (stseng5@ucsc.edu) is a fifth year undergraduate student at UCSC double majoring in German Studies and Linguistics. Her research interests include German film history, sociophonetics, and language attitudes and language appropriation.

Nick Van Handel (nvanhand@ucsc.edu) is a first year graduate student at UCSC. He is primarily interested in psycholinguistics and phonetics, with a focus on speech perception and perceptual learning.


Previous Research Assistants

Bettina Cheung
Chloe Claudino
Charlotte Daciolas-Semon
Maxwell Denny
Saralynn Emery
Britt Fadelli
Ben Faiman
Krystal Galdamez
Rachel Jacobson
Abigail Katz
Ethan Kelley
Chris Kyle
Garrett Meyer
Connor McCabe
Conor McClure
Tom McCoy
Nastassja Myer
Eileen O’Neill
Jacob Rabinowitz
Blake Watkins
Julie Winkler