Research Groups and Labs

The Karen Landahl Center for Linguistics Research offers state-of-the-art facilities that provide a convenient meeting place for faculty, students and research associates interested in the nature of language. Housed in the Social Sciences Research Building at the University of Chicago, the Landahl Center is home to four research and teaching laboratories:

  • The Chicago Language Modeling Lab, directed by Jason Riggle, has three primary goals: 1) to computationally implement linguistic models; 2) to discover and implement learning algorithms for those models; 3) to test the predictions of the models by simulating language learning, use, and change among populations of interacting language-using agents.
  • The Phonology Laboratory, directed by Alan Yu, is dedicated to the teaching and investigation of phonological typology as well as the variation and change of sound systems. It also functions as the center for language documentation research within the Department of Linguistics at the University of Chicago. The lab, which houses a double-walled sound-attenuated IAC recording booth, is fully equipped to gather and analyze physiological, acoustic, and perceptual data.
  • The Language Processing Lab directed by Ming Xiang is broadly interested in experimental syntax, experimental semantics and pragmatics, and psycholinguistics. Our research projects aim at identifying the linguistic representations we construct in language comprehension and production, and the way we construct them. We use a broad range of methodologies, including self-paced reading, eyetracking and ERP (Event-related-potential) recordings.
  • The Language in Time and Space Research Group directed by Lenore Grenoble provides a forum for research on underdescribed languages in fieldwork settings, with active engagement in all aspects of language documentation, and is centered around a core set of questions and methodologies. Research projects focus on cross-linguistic analysis, diversity, variation and change, language contact, the language and cognition interface, and how cultural and geographic features might be reflected in language use and discourse. We draw data from a wide variety of languages that vary according to the interests of individual researchers.