We are so happy to officially introduce the new Linguistics cohort of Fall 2020 (and 2021)! Give a warm welcome to the new cohort when you see them on zoom! We are so looking forward to meeting all of you in person as soon as possible.
Hi! I’m Jessica. I’m from and currently reside in Northern Virginia (right by Washington, DC), so catch me sleeping in when the west coasters have early classes! I got a BA from William & Mary in 2018. W&M actually just became the first school in Virginia to offer a bachelor’s degree in linguistics (until now, it’s been “interdisciplinary studies with a concentration in linguistics,” which means the same thing, but just makes me sound annoying), but I was two years too late! Broadly, my research focuses on phonetics and its interfaces with phonology and psycholinguistics. My honors thesis focused on perception of stress by second language speakers, though I plan to move into production and away from L2 acquisition. I would particularly like to work with clinical populations. Though I’m a p-side gal through and through, I’m excited to learn more about other fields of linguistics, too!
Before grad school, I worked as an activity coordinator at a resort and a singer at a restaurant. When I’m not doing linguistics, I like to sing, play guitar (I learned during quarantine!), read thrillers, analyze dialects on The Great British Baking Show (read: watch The Great British Baking Show), and play sports non-competitively. I’m super excited for this next chapter of my life, and to turn linguistics from a passion into a profession!
Hi everybody! I’m Adam. I’m from San Diego, did my undergrad in Psychology and Linguistics at USC, then went to Edinburgh for my Master’s. Most of my focus during my Master’s was on the relationship between different types of syntactic movement, and my thesis involved looking into the relationship between ATB-movement and multiple-wh-movement. Right now, my focus is still on syntax, but I also really want to go further with semantics and the syntax-semantics interface. I also really like linguistic trivia!
Outside of linguistics, I really like walking/hiking and playing board games! I really like folk stories, especially ghost stories, and I’m trying to get more into cheesy classic movies, so I’m always looking for recommendations. I’m looking forward to being back at USC!
Hi! My name is Muxuan He. I come from China and I have lived and studied here for 23 years. The four years of my B.A study were spent on English language and literature, and it might surprise you that I did not know linguistics exist as a scientific subject until the very last year. But it was love at the first sight. Later, I spent another three years at Shanghai Jiao Tong University, where I started my linguistic research and earned a master’s degree. Much of my research in the past focused on the syntax-semantics interface of Chinese negation. I tried to explain the differences between two primary negators in the syntactic distribution that cooperates with their semantic features. I investigated whether Korean-speaking L2 learners of Chinese were able to acquire the word order variation with Chinese negation involved. I also tried to determine how the two primary negators might differ in influencing comprehenders’ attention. I have had a marvelous time with negation and I want to explore more topics while I study at USC.
To be honest, there is not a time when I am not doing linguistics. I think about it all the time, either consciously or subconsciously. But I do other things too. I like to discover beauty with my eyes by travelling and capture it through a camera lens. I am a big fan of swimming. I also write prose and poems when my muse comes to me.
Technically speaking, I am a 21Fall student. I look forward to meeting you in person next Fall. See you then!
Hi, I’m Hailin Hao, and I come from a small town in the center of China. I received my BA in Linguistics from the University of Amsterdam in the Netherlands. I’m mostly interested in sentence processing, syntax and pragmatics. Recently I started to think about how communicative efficiency and human cognitive constraints have shaped our grammars and grammar universals. Outside of linguistics, I enjoy biking (as everybody else does in the Netherlands!), travelling, doing yoga and meditation, and watching old movies and series over and over again. I’m very excited about my new research life at USC Ling and to explore Los Angeles, though it’s a shame that I cannot join you now. I’m looking forward to meeting you all next year!
I am Ariela Lu Ye from China. I obtained my B.A. from Beijing Language and Culture University with English as my major and Teaching Chinese as A Foreign Language as my minor. The four-year studies led me to have tasted into the mystery of logic and linguistics that eventually made semantics my coveted field of study. Then I moved to Shanghai to do my M.A. in formal linguistics at Fudan University. At my MA studies, I was rewarded with intriguing semantic jewels hidden in daily humdrum. As a budding researcher, I still have a long way to go but I know for sure that rigorous semantics is not for the faint-hearted or the weak-willed. The interface between semantics, pragmatics and syntax remains one of the most intricate challenges in formal linguistics, and is the Everest that I aspire to surmount.
Outside of academia, I enjoying travelling, along the journey I can experience different cultures. I am also into swimming, practising calligraphy and playing the Ukulele, which for me serve as a way to relax.
I am really looking forward to meeting you all in person at USC!