Research Projects for Undergraduates

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Faculty: to add or update a listing, please email lingadv@uw.edu.

Computational Linguistics Projects

Faculty Name/Lab and Email Project and Project Website Tasks Prerequisites Desired Languages/other skills Other notes (e.g. start date, non 499, compensation)

Emily Bender
ebender@uw.edu

Grammar Matrix Project
http://www.delph-in.net/matrix

Grammar engineering, web UI, system testing 566, 567    

Phonetics Projects

Faculty Name/Lab and Email Project and Project Website Tasks Prerequisites Desired Languages/other skills Other notes (e.g. start date, non 499, compensation)
Richard Wright
rawright@uw.edu
Phoible
http://phoible.org
data entry of phonemic and allophonic inventories from published grammars and databases Ling 450 Computer skills, familiarity with IPA and unicode, ability to read grammars in other languages is a plus (but not required)  
Richard Wright
rawright@uw.edu
Linguistic factors-Human Adaptation to Perceptual Distortion
http://depts.washington.edu/phonlab/projects.htm
varies depending on experience / interest. Possible tasks include: acoustic measurements in Praat, Praat scripting, speech synthesis, running subjects in perception experiments, data analysis (preferably using R). Ling 453 basic familiarity with Praat is required. Statistical training, programming and/or scripting ability is a plus. Familiarity with dialectal variation in North American English might be helpful. Coursework in auditory perception also helpful but not required.  

Phonology Projects

Faculty Name/Lab and Email Project and Project Website Tasks Prerequisites Desired Languages/other skills Other notes (e.g. start date, non 499, compensation)
 None currently          

Semantics Projects

Faculty Name/Lab and Email Project and Project Website Tasks Prerequisites Desired Languages/other skills Other notes (e.g. start date, non 499, compensation)
Toshiyuki Ogihara ogihara@uw.edu Book-length manuscript revising. Proofreading and/or English examples while learning something about formal semantics research  Corpus searches, proofreading, English native speaker intuitions Ling 200/400 minimum, Ling 442 or more, depending on project   Native English  

Sociolinguistics Projects

Faculty Name/Lab and Email Project and Project Website Tasks Prerequisites Desired Languages/other skills Other notes (e.g. start date, non 499, compensation)
Betsy Evans
evansbe@uw.edu
Seattle to Spokane Mapping perceptions of English in Washington State
http://depts.washington.edu/folkling/
content analysis, data entry in ArcGIS  Ling 432 computer skills, statistics, familiarity with ArcGIS would be great but not required   
Alicia Beckford Wassink
wassink@uw.edu
1) PNWE English Project,
http://www.artsci.washington.edu/nwenglish/index.asp 2) Jamaican Creole project, 3) Sociolinguistic Competence in Children Project
conversational transcription (orthographic level), library research, catalog and backup audio recordings, possibility of simple acoustic analysis (if prerequisites met), data search and extraction in an annotated corpus of child speech Ling 450 experience with PRAAT software  

Syntax Projects

Faculty Name/Lab and Email Project and Project Website Tasks Prerequisites Desired Languages/other skills Other notes (e.g. start date, non 499, compensation)

Edith Aldridge 
aldr@uw.edu

Corpus Searches
http://faculty.washington.edu/aldr/
Corpus Searches  Ling 462 and one of languages  Literate in traditional Chinese characters, native Tagalog, Chamorro or any Austronesian Language speaker   
Edith Aldridge 
aldr@uw.edu
Digitizing and transcribing field notes from Taiwan with native Japanese speakers
http://faculty.washington.edu/aldr/
Digitizing and transcribing field notes Ling 450 and oral and written competence in Japanese    
Barbara Citko bcitko@uw.edu   Finding data, library research (looking up sources, bibliographical sources), analyzing syntactic judgments Ling 462 and interest in syntax Some knowledge of a Slavic language a plus (but not required)  
Karen Zagona
zagona@uw.edu
  Library research, reading and reporting particular language family constructions, collecting data, corpus search Ling 462 Chinese, Japanese, Navajo, Russian, Georgian, Gujarati, Basque  

Historical Linguistics Projects

Faculty Name/Lab and Email Project and Project Website Tasks Prerequisites Desired Languages/other skills Other notes (e.g. start date, non 499, compensation)
Zev Handel
zhandel@uw.edu
Linguistic-typological study of the development of Chinese-character-based writing systems in Asia    Reading knowledge of Japanese, Chinese, Korean and/or Vietnamese, Ling 450 or knowledge of IPA and phonology Reading knowledge of Japanese, Chinese, Korean and/or Vietnamese, Computer skills in database programming  WIN 2013
Zev Handel
zhandel@uw.edu
Historical-comparative dialectology: Chinese Min dialects    Reading knowledge of Chinese; Ling 450 or knowledge of IPA and phonology; Ling 454 preferred Reading knowledge of Chinese; computer skills in database programming  WIN 2013

Faculty: to add or update a listing, please email lingadv@uw.edu.