Please join the LSA in congratulating Maziar Toosarvandani (UC Santa Cruz), Ivy Sichel (UC Santa Cruz), and Matthew Wagers (UC Santa Cruz) on recetly being awarded an NSF grant for research on rarely studied languages. 

According to principal investigator Toosarvandani, the project will build on their long-term engagment with the large community of indigenous Oaxacans living in Santa Cruz and Monterey Counties. Results from the research and background fieldwork will add to the development of language materials in the ongoing collaboration between the Linguistics Department and the Santa Cruz non-profit organization, Senderos, and will also be shared at monthly language classes, local cultural festivals, and regular workshops to introduce the public to the indigenous languages of Oaxaca.

Maziar Toosarvandani​ (pictured top left) is Professor of Linguistics at the University of California Santa Cruz and an LSA member. Toosarvandani​'s research interests include syntax, semantics, pragmatics, Northern Paiute, Zapotec, and Persian. Learn more about Toosarvandani here

Ivy Sichel (pictured top right) is Professor of Linguistics at the University of California Santa Cruz and an LSA member. Sichel's research interests include comparative syntax, syntax-semantics interface, pronouns, quantifiers, DP structure and nominalization, Semitic languages, language and social identity, and revival of spoken Hebrew. Learn more aobut Sichel here.

Matthew Wagers (picture bottom left) is Professor of Linguistics at the University of California Santa Cruz and an LSA member. Wagers' research interests include psycholinguistics, language comprehension, and memory. Learn more about Wagers here.

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