Interests: Austronesian morphosyntax (Tagalog and Cebuano), non-local dependencies, field psycholinguistics, morphosyntactic cues and cue validity, memory management, first and heritage language acquisition, lexical access, verb-initiality, linguistic variation

Ang dili kabalu mulingi sa iyang gigikanan,
dili makaabot sa iyang padulungan

"He who does not know where he came from will not reach his destination"

Jed Sam Pizarro-Guevara

jpguevar [at] ucsc (dot) edu

Department of Linguistics, UC Santa Cruz
240 Stevenson College
1156 High Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95064


Hello! My name is Jed Sam Pizarro-Guevara. I'm a fifth year Ph.D. student in Linguistics at the University of California, Santa Cruz. I am a field psycholinguist, which means that my research is a dynamic intersection of psycholinguistics—the study of how grammatical principles are deployed in real-time language production and comprehension, and how these interact with the cognitive architecture of humans—and linguistic fieldwork—a collaborative enterprise between a linguist and a community of speakers to document and analyze the structure of a particular language.

I primarily focus on Austronesian languages, a family of some 1200 languages dispersed over Southeast Asia and the Pacific. In particular, I specialize in Tagalog and Cebuano, Philippine languages that I speak and have a personal connection with. Although not my primary focus, I also work on Santiago Laxopa Zapotec, one of the indigenous languages in Oaxaca, Mexico.

This quarter, I am TAing Ling 101: Phonology. I am working on a project about retrieval in English with two undergraduates, Sikander Haider and Miguel Toner. We are about to run a speeded grammaticality judgment task with confidence ratings. Eventually, our goal is to run a Speed-Accuracy Tradeoff mid to late Spring (which could potentially spillover this summer).

My office hours for Phonology 1 are on Wednesdays in STEV 269 from 1:30 PM to 2:30 PM or by appointment.