ECOLE Members

Lab members are SF State students who come from diverse backgrounds and bring to the table their expertise in computer science, data analysis, linguistics, and psychology.

Lab director

Anastasia Smirnova, Assistant Professor

Professor Smirnova’s primary research focus is on the grammar architecture and the structure of the lexicon (e.g. the relation between verbs and nouns in language), as well as how temporal and modal information is expressed in language. Her research employs a variety of methods, from fieldwork to experimental and corpus studies.

You can contact Professor Smirnova via email at smirnov@sfsu.edu.

Lab members

Lauren Baker

Lauren Baker is an undergraduate student at San Francisco State University, majoring in Linguistics. Her interests include second language acquisition, multilingualism, Natural Language Processing, machine learning, and computational linguistics. She plans to continue her studies in the field after graduation.

Jenna Ferrario

Jenna Ferrario is a Linguistics graduate student at San Francisco State University. She is primarily interested in semantics with a historical emphasis. Currently, she is working on a comprehensive study of spatial relations in Norwegian.

Skyler Ilenstine

Skyler Ilenstine is a Linguistics graduate student at San Francisco State University. He is primarily interested in Natural Language Processing and Conceptual Metaphor Theory. He is currently drawing on both of those domains to investigate online communities dedicated to chronic illnesses.

Jonathan Kakama

Jonathan Kakama is an undergraduate 4th year Economics student at San Francisco State University. He is interested in becoming a Data Scientist after graduation. His interests include macroeconomics, machine learning and data analysis.

Rose Kitchel

Rose Kitchel is a Linguistics graduate student at San Francisco State University. Her primary interests are sociolinguistics, Critical Discourse Analysis and Natural Language Processing. Her research focuses on the discourses surrounding mental health, mass shootings, and hate speech. She plans to continue her studies after graduation.

Alexander Lenarsky

Alexander Lenarsky, a French and Linguistics undergraduate student at San Francisco State University, has researched prenominal adjective ordering and the language positivity bias alongside Professor Anastasia Smirnova. His current research uses queer theory to explain how (and why) gay men employ sexting as a method of resistance. Lenarsky is particularly interested in minority language advocacy and preservation, and looks forward to applying his skills to the field. 

Sujung Nam

Sujung Nam is a Linguistic graduate student at San Francisco State University. She is interested in syntax, morphology, and Natural Language Processing. She is interested to pursue research in these fields.

Bettina Paderna

Bettina Paderna is an undergraduate 4th year student majoring in Economics at San Francisco State University. She has participated in several bootcamps including San Francisco State University's Big Data Summer Program. Her interests include international finance and interactions in the global economy.

 

Lab Alumni

Angie Garcia. Language Data Specialist at Sound Hound

Chohee Kim. Productivity Engineer at LinkedIn

Helena Laranetto. Language Data Specialist at Sound Hound

Johnaton Park. Graduate student in MA TESOL program at Sacramento State.

Jasmine Rivero. Linguistic Annotator at Unbabel

Amanda Robinson. Data Scientist at Omni Rentals

Ricardo Romero Sanchez. Linguistic Project Manager at Google