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 summer, I was in Oaxaca to collect data on the processing of relative clauses in Santiago Laxopa Zapotec. This is joint work with Kelsey Sasaki, Steven Foley, Maziar Toosarvandani, and Matt Wagers. When I got back to Santa Cruz, I TA'd Linguistics 50: Introduction to Linguistics for Matt. I'm in the process of designing a series of acceptability judgment studies for my project on the variation in A-bar extraction in Tagalog. This is an extension of what I presented on at AFLA 25.