Lab Director

Vsevolod Kapatsinski, PhD

Research program:

  • Developing a domain-general learning-theoretic approach to language acquisition, providing explanations for pathways of language change
    • We are currently looking into how we learn
      • …novel categories of sounds (tones, intonation contours): Which ones are the same? And are they really?
      • …cue and dimension weights: What to attend to
      • …form-meaning mappings: Cues to meaning, cues to form
      • …morphosyntactic creativity: How we say things we’ve never said or heard before
      • …articulatory routines: What to do to say something
    • Most publications are found here

Graduate Researchers

Ksenia Gordeeva

Amy Smolek

We are looking for prospective graduate students interested in pursuing a PhD in learning-theoretic approaches to language with a background in psycholinguistics, quantitative corpus linguistics, language acquisition, usage-based linguistics, or computation to start in Fall 2019. We can offer five years of funding (mostly as teaching assistantships), see, and excellent health insurance ( Interested students should contact Dr. Kapatsinski.

Faculty collaborators

R. Harald Baayen, Tuebingen

Gabriela Caballero, UC San Diego

Ying Chen, Nanjing University of Science and Technology

Kaori Idemaru, UO East Asian Languages & Literatures

Zhuo Jing-Schmidt, UO East Asian Languages & Literatures

Melissa Redford, UO Linguistics

Cynthia Vakareliyska, UO Linguistics

Lab Alumni

Danielle Barth (Australian National University)

Zara Harmon (University of Maryland)

Paul Olejarczuk (California State University, Chico)

Hideko Teruya

Prakaiwan Vajrabhaya (RWTH Aachen)