Lalitha Balachandran

Welcome! I'm a second-year PhD student in the Department of Linguistics at UC Santa Cruz, advised by Amanda Rysling.

My research interests center around the intersection between psycholinguistics, semantics/pragmatics, and prosody. I'm primarily interested in the timecourse and integration of these various sources of information in incremental interpretations. I'm also interested in the role domain general cognitive factors (e.g. memory and attention) play in real-time language comprehension. I've more recently been working on formal questions in semantics and pragmatics, particularly in relation to ellipsis and the structure of discourse, under the guidance of Pranav Anand. In collaboration with Nick Van Handel, Stephanie Rich, and Amanda Rysling, I've been investigating how prosodic factors and focus structure affect ambiguity resolution.

I'm currently a co-organizer of s/lab, the department's Syntax, Semantics, and Language Processing Lab, with Vishal Arvindam.


lalithab (at) ucsc (dot) edu
Department of Linguistics
University of Santa Cruz
1156 High Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95064

Office Hours (Winter 2021):

Syntax I
Instructors: Jorge Hankamer & Ivy Sichel
Wednesdays 10-11
via Zoom (see Canvas for link)