Alexis' research focuses on how meaning is expressed in natural language, and on how speaker understanding of the meanings of words and sentences relates to cognitive function both in adulthood and in development. She received her PhD in Linguistics from the University of Maryland in 2014, and has been an Assistant Professor at Northwestern since fall of 2014. She is the author or co-author of numerous journal articles in natural language semantics and language acquisition, and she is presently working on a book manuscript.
Casey received her B.A. in Economics and Linguistics in June 2015 from Northwestern University. Her focus has since shifted towards Computer Science and the intersection of business and technology. She has been attending classes and designing/coding projects for web/mobile in and out of the lab, and she is interested in how the ChiLDlab can apply Computer Science to automate data capture, visualization, and sharing. As a jazz/latin pianist and drummer, when not in the lab Casey enjoys making music, exploring Chicago's music scene, and learning to DJ.
Haley is a 2nd year Linguistics PhD student at Northwestern. She received her B.A. in Linguistics with a specialization in Cognitive Science from Michigan State University in 2015. Her research interests include natural language semantics and child language acquisition. Her non-research interests include hanging out with her dog.
Daniel is a 3rd year Linguistics PhD student, and currently serves as assistant director of English Language Programs. His research focuses on the acquisition of morpho-semantics, with an emphasis on links between cognitive psychology and linguistic theory. Specifically, Daniel is interested in tying what we know about the world's languages (i.e. typological linguistic universals) with theories of how adults and children represent meanings. Daniel's previous research has focused on writing systems analysis and models of cross-linguistic perceptual span size differences. His other interests include Altaic languages, ancient languages, curriculum design and development, teaching, and the gameification of language learning.
Wei is a second-year PhD student in Linguistics at Northwestern University. She received her B.A. in English from Henan University in 2013 and her M.A. in Linguistics from the University of Minnesota in 2015. Her research interests lie in syntax, semantics, the syntax-semantics interface, and psycholinguistics.
Nayoun's primary interest is in psycholinguistic investigation, particularly how syntactic representations are encoded and retrieved in real-time. In psycholinguistics, she has investigated the processing of different types of wh-question constructions, elliptical constructions, and selective fallability. She combines this research with her interests in syntactic theory, where she has investigated the grammatical properties of why-questions and various elliptical phenomena. Looking forward, she would like to investigate how semantics influences sentence processing, and how real-time semantic interpretation relates to cognitive function in adulthood and in development.
Ché is an undergraduate student at Northwestern majoring in linguistics and legal studies. Her academic interests include natural language semantics and language acquisition. Outside of the lab, Ché's interests include knitting, taking care of plants, and listening to loud music.
Rita is a senior undergraduate student, majoring in Sociology and Linguistics. Her academic interests are quite varied, but at present her interests tend mainly towards language acquisition, sociolinguistics, educational policy, and urban studies. Besides working in the ChiLDlab, she's involved in Supplies for Dreams, Best Buddies, and Happiness Club at Northwestern, and she loves to play volleyball and bake in her free time.
Sabrina is an undergraduate student at Northwestern majoring in Linguistics and minoring in German. Her academic interests include sociolinguistics and bilingualism. She spends her free time swimming, making puns, and working at The Daily Northwestern as a print designer.
AnnMarie is an undergraduate student at Northwestern majoring in journalism with a minor in linguistics. Her academic interests include morphology, semantics and criminal justice reporting. In her free time, she volunteers with Project SOAR, works for the yearbook, and reads historical fiction novels.
Ted is an undergrad at Northwestern majoring in Linguistics with a minor in Literature. Ted’s academic interests include bilingualism and language acquisition. Ted spends his free time playing guitar, cooking, and DJing a late night radio show.
Aozora Brockman graduated in June of 2015 from Northwestern with a degree in Creative Writing. A Japanese-English bilingual, Aozora is interested in studying how both native Japanese and bilingual speakers learn, process, and understand language. Outside of the lab, Aozora writes poetry and nonfiction essays, and dances anywhere and everywhere.
Rebecca is a Northwestern undergrad who is double majoring in Cognitive Science and Linguistics. In Spring 2016, they won the Northwestern Student Employee of the Year Award, and the Linguistic Department's Demoz Prize for excellence in the linguistics program. Academically, Rebecca is interested in natural language semantics, computational semantics, and programming. Rebecca's other interests include board games, sleeping, and having different hair colors.
The ChiLDlab is always looking for bright, enthusiastic students interested in gaining research experience in our lab. To find out more, email the research coordinator, Casey Colby. Please tell us a bit about your background and research interests in the email!