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

  • Alexander Lenarsky and Ricardo Romero Sanchez attended the Linguistic Society of America Summer Institute at the University of Kentucky from July 5 to August 1, 2017.
  • Ricardo Romero Sanchez and Alexander Lenarsky reported the results of a project on adjective order in queries at the M.A. TESOL graduate conference on May 5, 2017.
  • Helena Murphy presented a poster on The Representation of Russia and Islam in The New York Times in The Graduate research and creative students showcase on April 20, 2017.
  • Angie Garcia and Amanda Robinson presented on Adjective ordering in Google Books Ngram Corpus at the SF State research competition on February 24, 2017.


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