Current Grants

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Current Grants


Susan Curtiss

Susan Curtiss and Rochelle Caplan, M.D., Ph.D. Dept. of Psychiatry and Bio-behavioral Sciences at NPI and Donald Guthrie, Ph.D., Statistician from the Brain Research Institute were part of an NIH grant 2RO1NS32070 from 2000-2004, called “Thought Disorder: A Developmental Disability in Pediatric Epilepsy.” The grant examined lexical and pragmatic (“thought disorder”) functions in children with (focal) Partial Complex Seizures and (nonfocal) Generalized Epilepsy and has supported one graduate student throughout the 4-year term of the grant.

Susan Curtiss and Robert Asarnow, Ph.D , Dept. of Psychiatry and Bio-behavioral Sciences at the Neuropsychiatric Institute (NPI). Rochelle Caplan, M.D., Ph.D., Dept. of Psychiatry and Bio-behavioral Sciences, Gary Mathern, M.D., Department of Neurology and Neurosurgury, and W. Donald Shields, M.D., Chief.of Pediatric Neurology are part of a five-year NIH grant NIH NS39505, “Functional Plasticity in Children with Hemispherectomies.” The objective of the grant is to study the medical, cognitive and linguistic outcomes of pediatric hemispherectomy, building on the research of a prior NIH Center Grant awarded to the same multi-disciplinary team of researchers. The NIH Center grant funded one full-time graduate student for five years, and the current grant is funding two graduate students for the term of the grant.

Thomas Hinnebusch

Sources of Authentic Materials for the Less Commonly Taught Languages. P337A020006 $525,000. October 1, 2002 – Sept. 30, 2005. Funds are from the TICFIA program — Technological Innovation and Cooperation for Foreign Information Access, which is under the aegis of the US Department of Education’s International Education and Graduate Programs Service (IEGPS). The grant supports cataloging foreign sources of authentic materials for the teaching of Least Commonly taught languages and for creating a digital archive of authentic materials. Dr. Barbara Blankenship (Ph.D. Linguistics) is project coordinator.

Languages of the Islamic World: An Expanded Digital Bibliography of Pedagogical Materials. P017A30029 $448,445. August 15, 2003 – August 14, 2006. This grant supports an expanded bibliography of teaching and learning materials of over 130 Least Commonly Taught Languages with a focus on languages spoken in predominantly Islamic countries. It expands bibliographic entries to descriptive linguistic materials and cultural materials relevant to language teaching and learning.

Patricia Keating

Patricia Keating, Kuniko Yasu Nielsen, and several other students are part of “Bases of Normal and Disordered Reading,” NIH grant HD29891 to Frank Manis at USC (2002-2007). The co-PIs include not only the collaborators on the previous generation of this project – Mark Seidenberg of U Wisconsin-Madison, and Patricia Keating – but also Susan Bookheimer of UCLA for neuroimaging and Zhong-Lin Lu of USC for vision studies. This project uses the UCLA Phonetics Laboratory‘s facilities for preparation of perception experiments.

Peter Ladefoged and Barbara Blankenship

Peter Ladefoged and Barbara Blankenship have an NSF grant BCS-0345465 from 2004 to 2006 for “Broadening Access to UCLA Phonetic Data”. This grant currently employs three students to go through the tapes stored in the Phonetics Archive room, some of which are over 50 years old, and prioritize them with respect to their value as a web archive. Particular attention is being paid to recordings of endangered languages. Tapes and the accompanying transcriptions are being digitized in preparation to putting them on a searchable web site from which they may be downloaded.

Pamela Munro

Pamela Munro has a subcontract to support development of a university-level first year Zapotec course, from Title VI grant to a consortium of Latin American Studies Center, UCSD, and San Diego State (together a National Resource Center in Latin American Studies, principal investigator Charles Briggs). This grant supports Brook Lillehaugen (Linguistics) for two quarters this year.

Pamela Munro also has a small grant for “Preserving Oaxacan Language and Culture in the California Central Valley” from the Institute of American Cultures, UCLA (through the Chicano Studies Research Center). 2002-03, with extension through 2003-2004. This grant provided stipends for two graduate students (Marcus Smith (Linguistics), Felipe Lopez (Urban Planning)).

Pamela Munro also has a very small contract for “Kawaiisu Language and Culture Preservation” from the California State Department of Parks and Recreation.

Philippe Schlenker

Implicatures, Sémantique Dynamique et Théorie du Choix Rationnel (Implicatures, Dynamic Semantics and Rational Choice Theory).  PIs: Benjamin Spector (ENS, U. Paris 7 & IJN) & Philippe Schlenker (UCLA & IJN)

Nature of the grant: CNRS grant to IJN.

Among the research collaborators are Edward Keenan and Greg Kobele

Duration: 2 years.  Amount: 27,592 euros

This project is listed on the following CNRS web site.

Russell Schuh

“The Chadic Languages of Yobe State, Nigeria,” NSF BCS-0111289, R.G. Schuh, Principal Investigator 12/01/2001-11/30/2004 Total award amount: $170,196. Lexical, morphological, and textual documentation of five languages of the Chadic language family indigenous to Yobe State, Nigeria. In addition to three field trips to Nigeria for me, this grant will provide at least the equivalent of one year’s full-time RA support for a UCLA linguistics graduate student.

Edward Stabler

Edward Stabler participates in the Adaptive Language Group at UCLA together with several graduate students, with support from CENS, MURI, ESP, and other sources.

Past Grants


Susan Curtiss

See under grants for Nina Hyams and Carson Schuetze.

Bruce Hayes

NSF grant #BCS-9910686, “An Automated Learner for Phonology and Morphology” ($103,419, 2000-2003), for work done primarily in collaboration with graduate student Adam Albright and secondarily with Argelia Andrade and Stephen Wilson.

Thomas Hinnebusch

Evaluating National Needs and Resources for Modern Less Commonly Taught Languages. P017A00036. $397.000. August 15, 2000 – August 14, 2003. This grant is for support to extend and maintain the UCLA LANGUAGE MATERIALS PROJECT digital bibliography of pedagogical materials and to conduct a survey of language materials usage and needs for over a hundred Least Commonly Taught languages. Mike Lofchie, Department of Political Science, PI; Tom Hinnebusch, Co-PI.

The UCLA Language Materials Project is sponsored by grants from the US Department of Education International Education and Graduate Programs Service (IEGPS). The International Education and Graduate Programs Service (IEGPS) office provides planning, policy development, and grant administration for Domestic International Education Programs, Overseas Programs and Graduate Programs.

Nina Hyams

Profs. Nina Hyams and Susan Curtiss together with Prof. Art Woodward (Psychology) received a Seed Grant for Multidisciplinary and Collaborative Research in the Humanities and Social Sciences (2000-2001). The seed grant was used to create the UCLA Infant Language Laboratory, which houses a preferential looking paradigm set-up to investigate very young children’s (under 2 years) linguistic abilities before they are actually producing multiword utterances. (Amount of grant $8,500). This grant (together with supplemental funds from the Dean of Humanities) supported a graduate student researcher.

Three former students, Sigga Sigurjónsdóttir (Ph.D. 1992), Jeannette Schaeffer (Ph.D. 1996), John Grinstead (Ph.D. 1998) received NSF dissertation grants with Nina Hyams (click on their names for the entries of these grants on the NSF Web site). These grants provided funds for expenses associated with data collection and experimentation, including travel funds to work with children in Iceland, Italy, and the Netherlands. Grants ranged from $7,656 – $10,000.

See also under grants for Carson Schuetze.

Sun-Ah Jun

Sun-Ah Jun (and Sahyang Kim, Hyuck-Joon Lee, Minjung Son, Moto Ueyama and undergrads Olivia Martinez and Wendy Hayashi) was part of NIMH grant 1R01MH56118  ($331,506, 1998-2000) to Prof. Terry Au of the Psychology Department, “Language Acquisition–Timing and Nature of Output”.

Patricia Keating

Patricia Keating and Rebecca Brown (and previously Kuniko Yasu Nielsen, Taehong Cho, Marco Baroni and Mutsumi Shamblin) are part of NSF grant 9996088 to Lynne Bernstein of the House Ear Institute, “KDI: Segmental and Prosodic Optical Phonetics for Human and Machine Speech Processing.” This project has used the UCLA Phonetics Laboratory’s Carstens AG-100 Articulograph (1998-2003).  Roger Billery-Mosier, Patrick Barjam, Katya Persova, and Sahyang Kim have also worked on this project at the House Ear Institute.

Patricia Keating, Cecile Fougeron, Taehong Cho, Jie Zhang, and Heidi Fleischhacker were part of NSF grant #SBR-9511118 – “Effects of Prosodic Positions on Consonant Articulation” (1995-1998)

Patricia Keating and Richard Wright were part of NIH R01HD29891 to Frank Manis at USC – “Perceptual, Linguistic and Computational Bases of Dyslexia.”

Taehong Cho had NSF grant #BCS-0001716 to Pat Keating (as dissertation adviser), “Doctoral Dissertation Research: Effects of Prosody on Articulation in English.”

Richard Wright had NSF grant #SBR-9415498 to Pat Keating (as dissertation adviser) “Doctoral Dissertation Research:  An Acoustic and Perceptual Study of the Syllable in Tsou” (1995-1996).

Edward Keenan

Edward Keenan received NSF grant #SBR-0001767 (2000-2003, $49,099) and NSF grant #SBR-0111288 (2001-2002, $37,758) to study “The Historical Development of the English Anaphora System.” These grants supported one graduate student for the better part of two years. Two papers from this work have been published (see my webpage) and a book is forthcoming with MIT Press.

U.S.-Israel Binational Science Foundation, grant # 1999210, a three year grant. Prof. Keenan was a co-Principal Investigator with Profs. Nissim Francez and Yoad Winter of the Technion (The Israel Institute of Technology) in Haifa. The project was entitled Extensions and Implementations of Natural Logic.  This grant supported one graduate student at UCLA for about two years, and also supported visits by the PIs toeach other’s institutions.

Peter Ladefoged

NSF  grant #9319705 – “Phonetic Structures of Endangered Languages” (1994-1999; $1,019,261), with Ian Maddieson.

Anoop Mahajan

(with Gisbert Fanselow, University of Potsdam) 2000-2001: Transcoop/Humboldt Foundation Grant for the project “Morphology and Syntax: The Status of Head Movement.” The project funded a two day workshop at UCLA (papers published in UCLA`Working Papers in Linguistics #10, 2003).

Pamela Munro

Pamela Munro received NSF grant #9709415 to study “San Lucas Quiaviní Zapotec: Dictionary, Grammar, and Texts”, for two years (1997-1999); this grant fully supported two graduate students (Felicia Lee and John Foreman (Linguistics), Felipe Lopez (Urban Planning)) each year.

Russell Schuh

(1) “Bole Language Grammar, Dictionary, and Texts,” NSF BCS-9905180, R.G. Schuh, Principal Investigator 8/1/99-12/31/2001 Total award amount: $63,839.00

Documentation of the Bole language of northern Nigeria. This grant supported a graduate student as a full-time RA for AY 1999-2000, during which he completed his dissertation. It also supported a field for me to Nigeria in summer 2000.

(2) Research Enhancement for Undergraduates (REU) Supplement to above project Award amount: $6000

This was a supplement to the above grant that provided a stipend for an undergraduate linguistics student to participate in language research. It required a separate, albeit rather simple application to NSF and was reviewed by NSF.

Carson Schutze

UCLA Chancellor’s Committee on Academic Border Crossing, “Eye-tracking studies of musical sight reading” (with Frank Heuser, Music Dept.): $20,000 (2001)

University of California President’s Research Fellowship in the Humanities, “Omissions and misanalyses in children¹s early language production” (Sept. 2000 ­Mar. 2001)

UCLA Seed Grant for Multidisciplinary and Collaborative Research in the Humanities and Social Sciences, “Syntactic processing in the right hemisphere” (with Eran Zaidel, Professor of Behavioral Neuroscience and of Cognition, Dept. of Psychology, and Member of the Brain Research Institute): $5,000 (1999)

UCLA Office of Instructional Development Instructional Improvement Grant, “Lab exercises for undergraduate psycholinguistics instruction” (with Nina Hyams and Susie Curtiss): $7,320 (1999)

Edward Stabler

Edward Stabler was a Co-Principal Investigator on NSF grant #BCS-9720410, on “Learning in Complex Environments by Natural and Artificial Systems”.  The work for the grant was done in collaboration with several other UCLA faculty across campus:  Rochel Gelman (Principal Investigator), Charles E. Taylor, Philip J. Kellman, Orville L. Chapman, and Charles R. Gallistel.  The grant supported several graduate students in the Linguistics Department.