I was born and raised in Seattle. I attended Pomona College for my undergraduate degree in Linguistics and Cognitive Science. My main areas of interest are Semantics, Pragmatics, and Natural Language Processing. Outside of the lab I enjoy playing Ultimate Frisbee and spending time outdoors.
I come from Tel-Aviv, Israel, where I finished my MA in
linguistics. Before that, I got a B.Sc in Computer Science in the
Hebrew University in Jerusalem. My main linguistic interest is
examining variation, from both a sociolinguistic and a syntactic
perspective - hopefully in language varieties that have received
little attention, and particularly minority languages. Other interests
include computational linguistics, field work and syntactic theory.
I was born and raised in Dorchestah, MA but went to high school in
Union County, NJ before attending college in western NY; this
progression has made me, among other things, a fun speaker of the
English language. I am primarily a socio-phonetician interested in
intonation and meaning, particularly as is manifested in registers
spoken within hierarchical power structures such as the
university. Similarly, I am compelled by the interface between social
theory and linguistics and therefore plan on pursuing studies
concerning language and gender, language and sexuality, and language
and race. When all of that becomes overwhelming, you will probably
find me scribbling poems on napkins and performing them at City
Lights, hoping to rouse Ferlinghetti from the framework.
I am originally from Kyoto, Japan, and have been in Tokyo for four
years as a graduate student. I work in the field of first-language
acquisition with a special interest in the interaction between
children's communicative and linguistic development. Outside of my
main research topic, I have a project creating a bilingual
picture-book in Japanese and Ikema, an endangered language spoken on
one of the remote islands of Okinawa.
Originally from Michigan, I moved out to Boston for school. Before
coming to Stanford, I completed an undergraduate degree in Classics
and a master's in Computer Science (both at Brandeis), during which
time I also worked for BAE Systems as a research analyst in NLP. Areas
I'm currently interested in include psycholinguistic theories of
processing and gradience, statistical methods in NLP, and evolutionary
computing strategies for dynamic language models.
My name's Marisa, but you are all welcome to call me Middy, if you
like. I grew up in Walnut Creek, CA and I'm overjoyed to be
back to the Bay Area. I was a Linguistics and Psychology major at
UCLA. My main linguistic interests revolve around language acquisition
- primarily in finding which parts of the acquisition process are
domain-specific and which are domain-general. I'm interested in
investigating this topic with both experimentation and computational
modeling. Beyond my linguistic interests, I love spending time
outdoors, eating at restaurants, watching movies, drinking tea, and
checking my e-mail.
I was born in Chicago, IL and lived in a few different places before
returning to the Chicagoland area to attend Northwestern University,
where I earned my BA in Linguistics in June. Currently, my interests
in language variation and change, especially in the realm of syntax
and semantics, have developed through my introduction to the creole
languages of Suriname. This summer I attended the Caribbean Language
and Linguistics Institute in Kingston, Jamaica, where I took a
class in Saramaccan.