ALPS Lab February 2020

Principal investigator

Judith Degen

Judith Degen

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Judith did her undergrad and MSc work in Cognitive Science at the University of Osnabrück and her PhD work in Brain & Cognitive Sciences and Linguistics at the University of Rochester. She is interested in how people construct meaning in communication. She spends her time thinking about how to characterize the interaction of linguistic information, context, and world knowledge in language production and comprehension.

Postdocs

Morgan Moyer

Morgan Moyer

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Morgan got her BA in Linguistics from the University of Maryland, College Park, where she was a research assistant on the Acquisition of Attitudes project, PIs Valentine Hacquard and Jeff Lidz. She recently defended her dissertation on the pragmatics of non-exhaustivity in wh-questions from Rutgers University under the supervision of Kristen Syrett. She received an NSF postdoctoral fellowship to work with Judith Degen extending her dissertation work using corpus and computational methods. She is interested in pragmatics, semantics, cognitive science, and philosophy of mind.

Graduate students

Michael Hahn

Michael Hahn

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Michael studied Linguistics and Mathematics in Tübingen before spending a year as a visiting student in Edinburgh. He is interested in computational linguistics and using computational modeling to understand human language processing.

Elisa Kreiss

Elisa Kreiss

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Elisa is a third year graduate student in the Linguistics department. She uses psycholinguistic experiments and computational models to understand the principles that underlie language use - for example, in the production of referential expressions. Elisa received her Bachelor's degree in Cognitive Science at Osnabrueck University.

Daisy Leigh

Daisy Leigh

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Daisy did her undergraduate degree in Linguistics at the University of Edinburgh, and her Master’s degree in Language and Cognition at King’s College London. As a PhD student in Stanford Linguistics, she’s interested in how social, pragmatic, and cognitive factors shape language use in interaction: how listeners use social and linguistic cues to construct interpretations of speakers and meaning in comprehension.

Jiayi Lu

Jiayi Lu

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Jiayi did his undergraduate study in Linguistics, Neuroscience, and Integrated Sciences at Northwestern University before coming to Stanford. Jiayi is primarily interested in psycholinguistics and syntax. Specifically, he is interested in using experimental methods to inform syntactic theories, studying how performance factors may affect experimental results, and developing methods to better probe human linguistic competence.

Eva Portelance

Eva Portelance

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Eva completed a B.A. Honours in Linguistics and Computer Science at McGill University in 2017. She is interested in linguistic structure and computational modeling of language learning both in humans and machines.

Brandon Waldon

Brandon Waldon

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Brandon did his BA in Linguistics at the University of Chicago before spending a year as a visiting student researcher at Leibniz-ZAS Berlin. He is interested in experimental approaches to semantics and pragmatics, corpus linguistics, and philosophy of language.

Lab Manager

Leyla Kursat

Leyla Kursat

Leyla studied Cognitive and Brain Sciences at Tufts University. She is interested how general properties of cognition, our perception and representation of the world shape the way we construct meaning.

Research Assistants

Dean Marko

Dean Marko

Dean is an undergraduate senior at Stanford, majoring in linguistics. He is working as a research assistant in the lab, and is interested in the relationship between psycholinguistics and sociolinguistics, as well as experimental approaches to pragmatics.

Lab Alumni