Kelsey Sasaki


I am a fourth year Ph.D. student in Linguistics at UC Santa Cruz. My research interests lie in pragmatics, psycholinguistics, and syntax. Currently, I'm working on an experimental investigation of the processing of discourse coherence relations and tense/aspect in English, with support from my advisor, Pranav Anand, and Amanda Rysling . I'm also a member of s/lab.

I also work on Santiago Laxopa Zapotec, an Oto-Manguean language primarily spoken in Oaxaca, Mexico. Currently, my colleagues and I are investigating the effects of animacy on relative clause processing in the language. I am also an organizer of Nido de Lenguas , which gives non-linguists the opportunity to learn about the indigenous languages of Oaxaca through monthly Zapotec language classes, weekend workshops, and pop-ups at local cultural festivals.

I'm the coordinator of S-Circle, the department's (informal) syntax/semantics speaker series.


email: kmsasaki (at) ucsc (dot) edu
Linguistics Department
UC Santa Cruz
1156 High Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95064

Office hours

Spring 2019: Wednesdays, 11:30-12:30, Stevenson 269