New Faculty Members

The recent addition of three faculty members with outstanding academic credentials enriches the scholarly foundation of the UC Davis Department of Linguistics.

Santiago Barreda

Santiago Barreda, an assistant professor, has expertise in phonetics, speech perception and psycholinguistics. His primary research interest is the investigation of vowel perception, with a focus on the active role of the listener in perception. He also is interested in how apparent speaker characteristics are perceived and how these might interact with speech perception.

Kenji Sagae

Kenji Sagae, an assistant professor, is a co-director of the Computational Linguistics laboratory. His research is focused on data-driven approaches to analysis of linguistic structure, especially efficient approaches to syntactic analysis. He has made research contributions in various areas of computational linguistics and natural language processing, including data-driven linear-time parsing for constituent and dependency representations; data-driven HPSG parsing; syntactic parser evaluation; parser domain adaptation; analysis of child language and its development; information extraction in the biomedical domain; conversational dialogue systems; multimodal communication; and discourse analysis.

Georgia Zellou

Georgia Zellou conducts research with an emphasis on understanding how phonetic detail is represented by the cognitive system through the study of variations in fine-grained pronunciations of speech sounds. Ultimately, her questions aim to address how phonetic and phonological patterns are abstracted, and how they evolve and are used, functionally and pragmatically, in language communication.