Weijie Xu | 徐 炜 杰

Language Science Ph.D. Student at UC Irvine


I am a third-year Ph.D. student in Language Science at University of California, Irvine. I am a member of the Language Processing Group working with Dr. Richard Futrell. My area of specialization is psycholinguistics. I am primarily interested in language processing, and how the cognitive mechanisms at the individual level interact with language change and evolution at the population level. To investigate these questions, I draw upon behavioral experiments, corpus analysis, and computational modeling in my research.

Before coming to UC Irvine, I obtained my M.A. in Computational Social Science from the University of Chicago, where I worked in the Language Processing Lab with Dr. Ming Xiang. Prior to linguistics, I obtained my B.A. in Spanish from Shanghai International Studies University in China.

Born in Nanchang, the capital city of Jiangxi Province in China, I am a native speaker of both Mandarin Chinese and Gan Chinese – Chang-Du (赣语-昌都片).