Current Members

Yue Wang - Lab Director

Professor, Department of Linguistics
Simon Fraser University

Website: http://www.sfu.ca/people/yuew.html
Email: yuew@sfu.ca
Tel: (778) 782-6924

Dr. Wang's main areas of research are phonetics, neurolinguistics, psycholinguistics, second language acquisition, and cognitive science. Using behavioral, neural, and computational techniques, she has been studying the processing and acquisition of second-language speech sounds with the goal of learning more about brain plasticity as well as how multisensory brain systems cooperate functionally in cognitive processing. She directs the Language and Brain Lab.

Keith King Wui Leung - Lab Manager | PhD Student, Linguistics

Email: kwl23@sfu.ca

I am a PhD student in Linguistics. My research interests include phonetics and psycholinguistics, and I am particularly interested in linguistic tone production and perception.

Sylvia Cho - PhD Student, Linguistics

Email: sylvia_cho@sfu.ca

I am primarily interested in speech perception and all factors that influence this process. More specifically, I am interested in the processing and perception of bilingual and L2 speech.

Xizi (Danielle) Deng - MA Student, Linguistics

Email: xizid@sfu.ca

I joined the Department of Linguistics at SFU as a graduate student in 2017 and graduated from Chinese University of Hong Kong before that. My research interests lie in speech perception, especially the perception of tone and tone sandhi, and also in Theoretical Phonology. Besides Linguistics, I am also a fan of science fictions and sci-fi movies.

Jetic Gu - Lab Manager, Lab Admin & Researcher | PhD Student, Computational Linguistics

Email: jeticg@sfu.ca

I am currently a Computational Linguistics Ph.D. student. I received a M.Sc, B.Sc. from SFU in 2019 and 2018, and a B.Eng. from Zhejiang University in 2018. My research interests include Machine Translation, Alignment, Semantic Representations, Syntactic Analysis, etc.

Olga Vasilyeva - PhD Student, Developmental Psychology

Email: ovasilev@sfu.ca

I am currently a student at Psychology Department where I work towards my PhD in Developmental Psychology. I also have a BA and MA in Linguistics and a MAE in Educational Psychology degree which I got during my studies in US on a Fulbright Scholarship. My research interests are primarily in the area of language and cognition, their evolution, and first language acquisition. Using various data from language acquisition and comparative psychology studies I am trying to understand what cognitive mechanism allowed humans to develop language and how did this evolutionary process look like, as well as how these mechanisms work in a brain when a child acquires language. 

Yuchen Li - PhD student, Linguistics

Jeremy Li - Research Assistant

I'm an undergraduate linguistics student with an interest in computational linguistics. I'm curious to see how technology will affect the way we and computers learn and use language in the future. As well, I enjoy learning languages and travel, having lived in Germany and traveled Europe for extended periods of time, trying to absorb as many different sounds as possible. My other interests include food, cooking, and science fiction.

Agnes Jeon - Research Assistant

I am an undergraduate student majoring in Linguistics, minoring in Early Learning minor in Education and pursuing a certificate in Liberal Arts. I am interested in first and second language acquisition, phonetics and phonology. In my free time, I like reading books and hanging out with friends.

Shubam Sachdeva - Visiting Researcher 

Communication, according to me, is not limited to just the words we speak; body language, facial expressions and the intensity (or the lack of it) are as essential as the words themselves. I'm particularly interested in the semantics of a language and the relation between the intention of the speaker and their facial expressions. The latter is why I am visiting the LAB lab and the Medical Image Analysis Lab (MIAL), SFU. Before that, I completed my MS in Computer Science specializing in Visual Computing from SFU.

Kayla Chao - Research Assistant

I am an undergraduate student pursuing a major in Linguistics and minor in Psychology. I am also working towards completing a certificate in Speech Science. My areas of research interest include language acquisition and speech rehabilitation. In my spare time I enjoy reading, hiking and travelling! 

Junette Gonzales - Research Assistant

I am an undergraduate student working towards a major in Linguistics, an extended minor in Psychology, a minor in Counselling and Human Development, and a certificate in Speech Sciences. My interests include first and second language acquisition, speech perception, and speech rehabilitation. I love watching television shows, travelling, learning languages, playing guitar, and finding new places to eat

Alysha Milne - Research Assistant 

I am an undergraduate student majoring in Linguistics and minoring in Psychology. Currently, I am working towards completing a certificate in Speech Sciences. In the future, I hope to obtain a masters in Speech Language Pathology and work as a speech therapist. My areas of interest include first and second language acquisition and speech perception. In my free time, I enjoy getting outdoors on hikes/walks and grabbing a coffee with some friends.

Saurabh Garg - Research Associate

Email: ssaurabh@sfu.ca

My projects primarily focus on analyzing visual articulatory features
in speech production using methods adapted from computer vision. I am
currently investigating on how we can leverage latest technical
advances such as deep learning algorithms to answer research questions
such as which visual articulatory features are involved in the
production of each Mandarin tone, and which are specific to speech
styles. I am also leading research on using deep neural networks to
extrapolate acoustic information from videos of facial movements.

Marina Tsougrianis - Research Assistant 

I am an undergraduate linguistics student working towards completing a certificate in Speech Sciences. I also have a BA in Psychology, which I completed at SFU. My areas of interest include first and second language acquisition, and speech rehabilitation. My future academic plan is to complete a master’s degree in Speech Language Pathology to work as a speech therapist. In my spare time, I enjoy dancing, flow arts, hiking, and traveling.

Samantha Gryz - Research Assistant 

I am an undergraduate linguistics student working towards completing a certificate in Speech Sciences. I also have a B.A. in International Development & Women’s Studies from the University of Winnipeg. In the future, I hope to obtain a masters in Speech Language Pathology and work as a speech therapist with neurodiverse populations. I am especially interested in speech rehabilitation, speech perception & early language acquisition. In my free time, I love to cook and eat delicious things, spend time outdoors, read & travel.

Janitta Wong - Research Assistant 

I am a post-baccalaureate linguistics student working towards completing a certificate in Speech Science. I previously received my BA in Communication from SFU and my areas of interest include phonetics, speech perception, language acquisition and communication disorders. In the future, I hope to pursue graduate studies in Speech Language Pathology and work with children and youth populations. In my free time, I enjoy checking out coffee shops, going for long walks with my dog, and hosting get togethers with friends and family.