Kelsey Sasaki


I am a final-year Ph.D. candidate in Linguistics at UC Santa Cruz. My research interests lie in pragmatics, psycholinguistics, semantics, and fieldwork. Currently, I'm investigating the roles of temporal and causal information in the comprehension and mental representation of discourse. My approach brings together psychological and formal linguistic theories of discourse coherence. I am advised by Pranav Anand and Amanda Rysling.

My fieldwork is with speakers of 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 an organizer of Nido de Lenguas, a partnership between UCSC linguists and Santa Cruz-area nonprofit Senderos. Nido de Lenguas gives non-linguists the opportunity to learn about the indigenous languages of Oaxaca through twice-monthly Zapotec language classes, weekend workshops, and pop-ups at local cultural festivals.


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