Lalitha Balachandran


Welcome! I'm a third-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. Most recently, I've been working on the relationship between prosodic structure and the availability of items in memory. In addition, I've investigated formal questions in semantics and pragmatics, particularly in relation to ellipsis and the structure of discourse, under the guidance of Pranav Anand.

I've also worked on the interaction of prosody and focus structure with Amanda Rysling and colleagues, and the processing of contextual animacy with r/lab, the department's resumption and animacy lab.

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
UC Santa Cruz
1156 High Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95064

Office Hours (Winter 2022):

Semantics I
Instructor: Jake Vincent
Thursdays 12-1
via Zoom (see Canvas for link)