The Experimental and Computational Linguistics Ensemble Lab (ECOLE)

Linguistics Lab students meeting

Language is an essential part of human experience. We use computational, experimental, and corpus linguistic methods to understand the unique role of language in our lives and in our society.


Our research projects focus on both cognitive and social aspects of language. On one hand, we study linguistic phenomena that shed light on the question of grammar architecture and the relation between language and cognition. At the same time we are interested in what language reveals about its users and about society in general.

Read about our current research

Events and Announcements

  • Anastasia Smirnova and Skyler Ilenstine’s paper on ‘What search queries reveal about the theories of register variation’ is accepted for poster presentation at the 94th Annual Meeting of the Linguistic Society of America in New Orleans on January 2–5, 2020.
  • Anastasia Smirnova, Ricardo Romero Sanchez and Alex Lenarsky presented their research on adjective order in queries at the 41st Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society in Montreal on July 26, 2019 and published the paper in conference proceedings.
  • Michael Chatusripitak, Sanghun Namgung, and Jasmine Rivero presented their research on ‘Blunts, brownies, and cartridges: An analysis of twitter data sentiment towards different methods of cannabis consumption’ at the 6th Annual Symposium on Language Research at UC Davis on May 24, 2019.
  • Diana Yu, Risha Shah, Sabrina Gonzaga, Fungai Gora, and Byron Mills’ presentation ‘Differences in access and quality of LARC information across US universities’ won the second prize in the 21st College of Science and Engineering Student Project Showcase on May 3, 2019.
  • Michael Chatusripitak, Jenna Ferrario, Skyler Ilenstine, and Rose Kitchel presented their research on ‘Why use many word when few word do trick?: A Computational analysis of the morphosyntax of simplified registers’ at the 44th Annual S4 Social Science Student Symposium on May 2, 2019.
  • Emily Downey, Maxwell Goodwin, Skyler Ilenstine, Johnathon Park, and Olivia Vallejo’s presentation ‘The structure of search queries’ won the first prize in the Showcase of Undergraduate Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity on May 9, 2018.


Please send any questions to the lab director, Professor Smirnova, at