Undergraduate Research Assistants

Rita Manukyan

My name is Rita Manukyan. I am a forth-year undergraduate student at UCLA, majoring in Psychology. I love working with children, and I am interested in Speech Pathology and Child Psychology. I also hope to teach psychology courses at a university level. In my free time, I enjoy cooking, playing chess, visiting botanical gardens, and spending quality time with family.





Gabrielle Dinh

Hi! My name is Gabrielle Dinh and I just graduated from UCLA in 2020 with a major in Linguistics and Asian Languages and Cultures. I’m interested in second language acquisition, child language development, and historical linguistics. My interest in Linguistics started with my first intro class and when I first took beginner Japanese. I hope to go to graduate school in linguistics. In my free time, I enjoy reading books, comics, and The New Yorker, as well as walking while listening to podcasts.







Rainey Williams

Hi! My name is Rainey Williams and I am a second-year Linguistics and Computer Science major here at UCLA. I’m interested in language acquisition, sociolinguistics, and computational linguistics. In my free time I like to draw, watch documentaries, and explore LA with my friends!






Dianely Mendoza

HI! My name is Dianely Mendoza, and I’m a 2nd year Applied Linguistics major. My research interests revolves around language development within children, and it has prompted me to pursue a career in Speech Pathology. After my time here at UCLA, I plan on continuing my education towards Speech Pathology to become a certified SLP. Aside from school, I like to stay active through running and paddling with my Dragon Boat team. I also carry a big passion for food and learning new languages, and I’m hoping to explore more of these hobbies by traveling to as many countries as possible.





Allison Jung

Hello! My name is Allison Jung and I recently graduated from UCLA with a degree in Cognitive Science and a minor in Disability Studies. My future plans include attending graduate school to become a speech-language pathologist. I am grateful for the opportunity to be a part of the UCLA Language Lab, as I am interested in phonological acquisition. In my free time, I love exploring the beautiful city of Los Angeles!






Brianna Markarian

Hi! My name is Brianna Markarian and I am a second-year Linguistics and Psychology major. My interests in American Sign Language as well as my passion for helping others has prompted me to pursue a career in Speech Language Pathology. After graduating UCLA, I plan on continuing my education to become a certified Speech Language Pathologist and continuing my education in American Sign Language. Some hobbies of mine include reading, roller skating and meditating. I also love spending time with my family and friends and learning different languages!





Jourdan Wilson

Hi! My name is Jourdan Wilson and I am a senior Linguistics and French major with an interest in language acquisition and computational linguistics. My initial attraction for Linguistics grew out of learning other languages. After UCLA, I plan on continuing onto graduate school for linguistics. In my free time, I enjoy spending time outdoors, reading, and studying foreign languages.




Allison Truong

Hello! My name is Allison Truong, and I’m a third year undergraduate student at UCLA studying Sociology with a minor in Cognitive Science. My interests encompass conversational analysis and spoken interactions within social institutions. I have a passion for people and the institutions we encounter every day, thus in this future I hope to incorporate my skills and passions onto a team whether in business or tech. In my free time I love to hike, try new restaurants, and find new hobbies including teaching myself piano and guitar.





Tina Fotouhi

Hi! My name is Tina Fotouhi and I am a first year Economics and Spanish major at UCLA. I am very passionate about languages as well as their origins, intricacies, and applications in the modern world. My interest in linguistics stems from its connection to language and its foundations. After UCLA, I plan to pursue either law school or graduate school for Spanish language. In my free time, I enjoy travelling, spending time outdoors, and experiencing new people and cultures.






Maria Paulino

Hello! My name is Maria Paulino, and I am a second-year Physiological Science major at UCLA. I am interested in language acquisition and developmental cognitive neuroscience. In my free time I love watching foreign Netflix originals, walking on the beach, and wandering around Trader Joe’s with my friends. I am also a dancer and a freelance digital artist. A dream of mine is to live abroad in Italy for a time and immerse myself in the language and culture!





Hebbah Elokour

My name is Hebbah Elokour, I am a fourth-year undergraduate student at UCLA, majoring in Linguistics and Psychology with a minor in Cognitive Sciences. I am interested in becoming a Speech-Langauge Pathologist, as well as, a researcher in the field. In my free time, I enjoy going on hikes, painting, cooking, and watching shows and movies.






Crystal Moon

My name is Crystal Moon and I graduated UCLA with a degree in Linguistics and Computer Science in 2018. I love all things in relation to language and phonetics, and I’m currently hoping to pursue further research in the graduate level. I’m also an enthusiast about translation and localization, and love discussing it in regards to cultural exchange!