People

Dr. Elsi Kaiser, Lab Director

Graduate Students


Priyanka Biswas

Priyanka Biswas

Syntax/semantics interface, interpretation and processing of referential expressions in Bangla

pbiswas AT usc DOT edu


Mary Byram

Mary Byram

the nature of focus, effect of focus on optional post-verbal constituent reorderings (especially the dative alternation), pragmatics/prosody/semantics/syntax/cognition interfaces

byram AT usc DOT edu


Arunima Choudhury

Arunima Choudhury

Syntax, Syntax/Prosody interfaces, sentence processing, role of prosody in information-structure processing

arunimac AT usc DOT edu


Chuo-Ying Ou-Yang

Chuo-Ying Ou-Yang

morphological processing, phonetics/phonology, language contact

chuoyino AT usc DOT edu


Emily Fedele

Emily Fedele

psycholinguistics, pronoun resolution, coherence, second language acquisition and bilingualism, Italian linguistics

efedele AT usc DOT edu


Xiao He

Xiao He

psycholinguistics (anaphor resolution), second language acquisition, bilingualism

hex AT usc DOT edu


Dasha Henderer

Dasha Henderer

information structure, prosody, and speech production

dhendere AT usc DOT edu


Ed Holsinger

Ed Holsinger

Meaning and Reference, Syntax / Semantics / Pragmatics Interface, Lexical Architecture

holsinge AT usc DOT edu


Yu-Chi Stephanie Huang

Yu-Chi Stephanie Huang

syntax and sentence processing

yuchih AT usc DOT edu


Heeju Hwang

Heeju Hwang

sentence production, visual and linguistic processing

heejuhwa AT usc DOT edu


Canan Ipek

Canan Ipek

sentence processing, prosody, articulatory phonology

ipek AT usc DOT edu


Heui-Joo Jeoung

Heui-Joo Jeoung

sentence processing, syntax/semantics

hjeoung AT usc DOT edu


Lucy Kim

Lucy Kim

interpretation of null arguments in Korean, interpretation of English articles by L2 learners, specificity and definiteness in the Korean NP

kyoungsk AT usc DOT edu


David Li

David Li

sentence processing, Chinese linguistics, phonetics

lidc AT usc DOT edu


Katy McKinney-Bock

Katy McKinney-Bock

syntax/semantics, effects of focus on constituent order, experimental syntax & measuring linguistic intuitions

ksmckinn AT usc DOT edu


Ellen O'Connor

Ellen O'Connor

grammatical illusions, processing of comparison and ellipsis, syntax-semantics interface

ewoconno AT usc DOT edu


Barbara Tomaszewicz

Barbara Tomaszewicz

syntax/semantics interface, the interpretation and processing of higher order quantifiers, experimental evidence for the syntax of comparative clauses (project with Roumyana Pancheva)

btomasze AT usc DOT edu


Yin Bin

Yin Bin

(bilingual) lexical processing, second language acquisition of tense/aspect morphology

binyin AT usc DOT edu


Undergraduate Students


Evangeline Alva

Evangeline Alva

Evangeline is a sophomore at USC majoring in Linguistics with a minor in Consumer Behavior. She was born in Kuwait and has lived in India and UAE. Evangeline started working in the lab in Spring 2012.


Boutaina Cherqaoui

Boutaina Cherqaoui

Boutaina is from Morocco. She is double majoring in linguistics and business. She has been working at the lab since Spring 2010. (In Spring 2011, she studied abroad in Paris.)


Alexa Cohen

Alexa Cohen

Alexa is in her senior year at USC and is double majoring in Linguistics and English She joined the lab in January 2012.


Monica Do

Monica Do

Monica graduated in May 2011, with a major in Linguistics and a minor in International Relations. Monica worked in the lab from Fall 2010 until Summer 2011. She investigated issues related to the interpretation of pronouns and reflexives in different contexts, as well as real-time language processing by people who are learning English as a second language.


Jackie Kim

Jackie Kim

Jackie is a junior at USC, with a major in Linguistics and a minor in Arabic and Middle Eastern Studies. She started working in the lab in January 2010. Jackie is studying abroad in Jordan in Spring 2012.


Heidi Mettler

Heidi Mettler

Heidi is in her senior year at USC and is double majoring in Linguistics and Psychology, with a minor in Spanish. She joined the lab in January 2011.


Michal Meyers

Michal Meyers

Michal is a freshman at USC majoring in Linguistics and minoring in Computer Science. She joined the lab in Spring 2012.


Affiliated Faculty


Dr. Elaine Andersen, Linguistics and Psychology
Dr. Toben Mintz, Linguistics and Psychology
Dr. Roumyana Pancheva, Linguistics
Dr. Maria Luisa Zubizarreta, Linguistics
Dr. Liang Huang, Computer Science, Information Sciences Institute

Former Lab Members, Affiliates and Visitors


Sofiana Chiriacescu, University of Stuttgart, Germany

Sofiana Chiriacescu, University of Stuttgart, Germany

Semantics / Pragmatics, differential Object Marking in Romance, discourse structure, accessibility/ activation theories, language acquisition

Sofiana visited the lab from Janunary to May 2011.

firstname.lastname AT ling.uni-stuttgart.de




Erin Tavano, Senior Research and Development Engineer, Invertix Corporation

Erin Tavano, Senior Research and Development Engineer, Invertix Corporation

Processing of semantics/pragmatics, experimental approaches to conversational implicature

emtavano AT gmail DOT com


Stephen Tobin, University of Connecticut



Fuyun Wu, Associate Professor, Institute of Linguistic Studies, Shanghai International Studies University

fywu AT shisu DOT edu DOT cn


Noelle Garza

Noelle Garza

Noelle graduated in May 2010 with an interdisciplinary major in Psychology and Linguistics. She worked on the Coherence project (Undergraduate Research Associates Program) from Fall 2009 to Spring 2010. After USC, Noelle earned a Masters of Social Work program at the University of Texas at Austin.


Alexandra Ruelas

Alexandra Ruelas

Alexandra graduated in May 2010 with a major in Neuroscience. She worked on the Coherence Project (Undergraduate Research Associates Program) from Fall 2009 to Spring 2010. After graduating with a BA, Alexandra earned a Master of Arts in Teaching through the Rossier School of Education at USC. She now works at Sage Educators in Northern California.


Monica Do

Monica Do

Monica graduated in May 2011, with a major in Linguistics and a minor in International Relations. Monica worked in the lab from Fall 2010 until Summer 2011. She investigated issues related to the interpretation of pronouns and reflexives in different contexts, as well as real-time language processing by people who are learning English as a second language.


Honorary Member