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).