Research projects

The following research projects are looking for some Research Assistants. If you are interested in participating in one of those projects, please contact the Principal Investigator.

[Important note: All of the projects listed on this page fall under the Department of Linguistics, but not necessarily the M&M lab; this is just a temporary home for such announcements in Spring 2017]

1. Development of the Polarity Subjunctive in Romance        

  • Principal Investigator: Laurence B-Violette, lbviolette@fas.harvard.edu
  • What is involved: Finding relevant examples in some of the Romance languages in articles and online corpora;
  • Prerequisites: Structural knowledge of at least one of the Romance languages, including Latin or medieval languages, would be preferred;
  • What can be offered: Funding or Research Experience

2. CHILDES corpus study

  • Principal Investigator: Yujing Huang, yujinghuang@g.harvard.edu
  • What is involved: Work on English and Mandarin corpora, collect and gloss some data
  • Prerequisites: Basic knowledge of linguistics (basic knowledge on syntactic structure and argument structure);
  • What can be offered: Research experience and training on how to work on CHILDES corpora

3. English prosody study

  • Principal Investigator: Yujing Huang, yujinghuang@g.harvard.edu
  • What is involved: Record participants, use Praat to annotate the data and use TOBI transcription to further process the data;
  • Prerequisites: Some experiences on Praat and/or TOBI would be preferred;
  • What can be offered: Research experience and training on Praat or TOBI transcription

4. Learning unnatural phonology

  • Principal Investigator: Gasper Begus, begus@fas.harvard.edu
  • What is involved: Annotate some data with Praat
  • Prerequisites: None
  • What can be offered: Funding

5. Prosodic properties of focus in Georgian

  • Principal Investigator: Lena Borise, borise@fas.harvard.edu
  • What is involved:  Make measurements of the acoustic properties of vowels (pitch and duration) in Georgian acoustic data using Praat;
  • Prerequisites: Experience with Praat is a bonus but not a prerequisite; 
  • What can be offered: Research Experience

6. Unreliable Speaker Effects on Pragmatic Inferences

  • Principal Investigator: Laine Stranahan, stranahan@fas.harvard.edu
  • What is involved: Help the PI set up long surveys on Qualtrics and generate sentences of English as stimuli, administer in-person surveys (paper or computer) to adult participants who come in the lab. 
  • Prerequisites: None, but programming experience and/or background linguistics or experimental psychology are a plus.
  • What can be offered: Research experience, or Credit, or Funding

7. Use of spatial height for domain restriction cross-culturally

  • Principal Investigator: Kate Davidson, kathryndavidson@fas.harvard.edu
  • What is involved: Carefully code videos of Japanese speakers telling stories, for their use of gestures for different set sizes.
  • Prerequisites: Working knowledge of Excel, and fluent or native knowledge of spoken Japanese
  • What can be offered: Research experience, or Credit, or Funding