Regular Faculty

E-mail addresses (all but affiliated faculty):; e.g.,


Farrell Ackerman
Professor, Director of the Human Development Program, Vice Chair, UC San Diego Academic Senate
Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley

Research Interests: Morphological theory, syntactic theory, lexical semantics, fieldwork, Uralic languages, first language acquisition.


Eric Baković
Ph.D., Rutgers University
Academic Senate Distinguished Teaching Award, 2006

Research Interests: Phonological analysis and theory, Optimality Theory, Spanish linguistics.


David Barner
Professor (Primary Appointment in Dept. of Psychology)
Ph.D., Harvard University

Research Interests: Language and conceptual development in children; interface between language structure and meaning.


Gabriela Caballero
Associate Professor
Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley

Research Interests: Phonology, morphology, language documentation, comparative/historical linguistics, typology, Uto-Aztecan languages.


Ivano Caponigro
Associate Professor and Associate Faculty Director, Study Abroad
Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles

Research Interests: Crosslinguistic semantics, pragmatics, syntax/semantics interface.

Marc Garellek

Marc Garellek
Assistant Professor and Undergraduate Advisor
Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles

Research Interests: Phonetics, speech science, phonology, psycholinguistics, Hmong.


Grant Goodall
Professor and Director, Linguistics Language Program
Ph.D., University of California, San Diego

Research Interests: Syntactic theory, experimental syntax, acquisition, Spanish linguistics, educational linguistics.


Andrew Kehler
Professor and Director of Graduate Studies
Ph.D., Harvard University

Research Interests: Computational linguistics, psycholinguistics, discourse interpretation.


Robert Kluender
Ph.D., University of California, San Diego

Research Interests: Neural substrate of language, psycholinguistics, second language acquisition, syntactic theory, Germanic linguistics, cognitive neuroscience, sentence processing.


Rachel Mayberry
Ph.D., McGill University

Research Interests: Sign language acquisition and neuroprocessing across the lifespan, relation of gesture to language, reading development.


John Moore
Professor and Provost, Muir College
Ph.D., University of California, Santa Cruz

Research Interests: Syntactic theory, lexical semantics, Spanish.


Sharon Rose
Professor and Chair
Ph.D., McGill University

Research Interests: Phonology, morphology, fieldwork, phonetics, psycholinguistics, African languages (Semitic, Kordofanian).

Prof. Eva Wittenberg

Eva Wittenberg
Assistant Professor
Ph.D., Potsdam University

Research Interests: Linguistic theory; language in the mind; interfaces of language with other cognitive capacities; language comprehension and representation; event structure; psycholinguistics; and experimental methods.

Adjunct Faculty


Roger Levy   
Associate Professor, Brain & Cognitive Science Department, MIT
Ph.D., Stanford University

Research Interests: Computational psycholinguistics; real-time language comprehension and production; acquisition; probabilistic approaches to characterizing language knowledge and use, including phonology, syntax, semantics, and pragmatics; natural language processing; corpus methods.

The UCSD Department of Linguistics combines a focus on the convergence of theoretical and experimental linguistics with strong interdisciplinary collaboration.

Since its founding in the 1960's, UCSD has become one of the foremost educational and research institutions in the nation. The campus and surrounding region boast an extraordinary array of well-known scholars and offer broad opportunities for study and research of the highest quality. These opportunities are especially strong and diversified in language-related areas.