The Cluster invites guest speakers from various departments to present their innovative linguistic research and provides members with the opportunity to engage in lively discussion. We also host professional development workshops, which are facilitated by faculty members, industry professionals, and graduate students.

Schedule of Events

All times listed are in Pacific Time (PT)

8:00-9:00 am Breakfast & Registration (Garrison)

9:30-10:30 am Session 1

Innovative Approaches (DeCarli)

Phonetics & Phonology (Garrison)

Psycholinguistics & Neurolinguistics (Fielder)

10:45-11:45 am Session 2

Language Acquisition (DeCarli)

Morphology & Syntax (Garrison)

Sociolinguistics (Fielder)

12:00- 1:00 pm Lunch (Garrison)

1:00-2:00 pm Session 3

Language Pedagogy (DeCarli)

Semantics (Garrison)

Discourse Analysis (Fielder)

2:00-2:30pm Break

2:30-3:30 pm Plenary (Voorhies 126) Join Via Zoom

3:30-4:00 pm Closing Ceremony (Voorhies 126)

Previous speakers and workshop facilitators: 


Co-chairs: Melissa Gomes (Linguistics), Sara de Blas Hernandez (Spanish and Portuguese), and Andrea Ramirez Barajas (Psychology)

In-person meetings are at Kerr Hall 273

Spring 2024:

Gabe Dupre (UC Davis, philosophy Department)

Cheryl Yin (Carleton College, Anthropology)

Winter 2024:

Robert Bayley (UC Davis; Linguistics)

Xiangying Jiang (Duolingo)

Rebecca Zhu (Standford) 

Julia Mernard-Warwick (UC Davis, Linguistics)

Fall 2023:

Trip Strawbridge (Santa Clara University)

Katie Ireland (University of Georgia)

Eleonora Beier (UC Davis; Psychology)


Co-chairs: Nicholas Aoki (Linguistics), Roxanne Elliott (Education), and Ana Ortega Pérez (Spanish and Portuguese)

Spring 2023:

Michelle Cohn (UC Davis; Linguistics)

Aleese Block (UC Davis; Linguistics)

Ingrid Sub Cuc (UC Davis; Native American Studies)

Winter 2023:

Valeria Zunino Edelsberg (UC Davis; Education)

Margarita Jimenez-Silva, Ed.D. (UC Davis; Education)

Fall 2022:

Diana Ruggiero, PhD (University of Memphis; World Languages and Literatures)

Kristin Predeck, PhD (Knowledge Engineer at Amazon)

Georgia Zellou, PhD (UC Davis; Linguistics)


Co-chairs: Sophia Minnillo (Linguistics), Beverly Cotter (Psychology), and Ana Ruiz Alonso Bartol (Spanish & Portuguese) 

Spring 2022:

Winter 2022:

Fall 2021:


Co-chairs: Skyler Reese (Linguistics) and Lillian Jones (Spanish & Portuguese) 

Spring 2021:

Winter 2021:

Fall 2020:


Co-chairs: Peter Joseph Torres (Linguistics) and Daniela Cerbino (Spanish & Portuguese) 

Fall 2019:


Co-chairs: Glen Heinrich-Wallace (Linguistics) and Cory Osburn (Spanish and Portuguese) 

Spring 2019:

Winter 2019:

Fall 2018:


Co-chairs: Claire Henderson (Linguistics) and Marta Llorente Bravo (Spanish and Portuguese) 

Spring 2018:

Winter 2018:

Fall 2017:


Co-chairs: Benjamin Gomes (Linguistics) and Aaron Yamada (Spanish and Portuguese) 

Spring 2017:

Winter 2017:

Fall 2016:


Co-chairs: Caitlin Tierney (Linguistics) and Melissa Vega-Valdez (Spanish & Portuguese) 

Winter 2016:

Fall 2015: