Computational and experimental methods play a major role in linguistic research at Berkeley, spanning a range of approaches and applications. For example, computational models are used to explore the relation of language and cognition, sociolinguistic dynamics, and linguistic phylogenetics, and computational methods are used to extract meaningful patterns from linguistic corpora. Experiments are used to test hypotheses across many different aspects of language, including phonetics, language processing, and language learning.

Sarah Bakst making palate molds
Sarah Bakst making palate molds in the PhonLab, 2015, to investigate variability in /r/ and /s/ production as a function of palate shape

Gahl et al. 2014, Figure 3
Susanne Gahl et al., "The 'Up' corpus: A corpus of speech samples across adulthood" (2014), Figure 3, "Formant values (F1 and F2) for vowels in monosyllabic content words in one talker"
 Figure 5
Emily Cibelli, Yang XuJoseph L. Austerweil, Thomas L. Griffiths, and Terry Regier, "The Sapir-Whorf hypothesis and probabilistic inference: Evidence from the domain of color", PLOS ONE (2016), Figure 5: "Bias in color reconstruction, and model fits"

Clem & MIchael, 2016
Emily Clem & Lev Michael, "Exploring typological diversity and its areal and genealogical basis in South America" (2016), "Principal Component 1: genetic signal"