Rebecca Adamik

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B.S. Geology, University of North Carolina at Charlotte (2014)
B.A. German, University of North Carolina at Charlotte (2017)
Rebecca is a first year M.A. student. Her interests include Sociolinguistics and Historical Linguistics.

Alex Austin-Trongo

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B.A., Spanish, Minor in French, University of North Carolina at Asheville (2017)

Alex is a first year M.A. student whose interests are mainly in historical and sociolinguistics, including language evolution, language interaction, and issues relating to LGBTQIA+ identity.


Tristan Bavol

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B.A. Linguistics, UNC Chapel Hill (2018)
Tristan is a First-Year M.A. Student, whose interests include Linguistic Fieldwork and Descriptive Documentation of At-Risk Languages, with his primary research being done on P’urépecha. His other linguistic interests primarily lie within Phonetics , Syntax, and Metaphor, and outside the field in phenomenology, understanding subjective experience, and within religious studies, interpretations of the divine and mysticism.

Jen Boehm (formerly Griffin)

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B.A. Linguistics and Anthropology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (2009)
M.A. Linguistics, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (2011)

Jen is a PhD student who is mainly interested in language documentation, dialect variation, and phonological models of variation. Her current research involves documenting the phonetic and phonological differences between the various dialects of Sgaw Karen that are spoken by the Karen community in Chapel Hill.


Mykel Brinkerhoff

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B.A. Linguistics, Minor in German Language and Literature, University of Utah (2015)

Mykel’s areas of interest and study involve issues related to the various topics in phonology. In particular, he is interested in issues related to licensing and positional phenomena. He is also interested in work on the Syntax-Phonology interface. He is currently researching Celtic morpho-phonological variation and its relation to the Syntax-Phonology interface.


Michael Bruxvoort

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Erin Chesson

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B.A. Global Development Studies, University of Virginia (2014)
Erin is a first-year M.A. student interested in language documentation and revitalization.

Josh Fennell

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Meg Fletcher

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B.A. Linguistics & Hispanic Linguistics, Minor in Russian language and literature, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (2018)

Meg is an MA student whose research interests include sociolinguistics and historical linguistics. Her current research is on the lexicosemantic stability in Proto-Mayan languages.


Victoria Johnston

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B.A. Linguistics, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (2017)

Victoria is a first-year M.A. student. Her research involves numeral systems in P’urhepecha and the description of Xianju Wu Chinese.


Melissa Klein

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B.A. Anthropology & Linguistics, Wake Forest University (2015)

Melissa is a MA student whose research interests include sociolinguistics, ethnolinguistics, and language revitalization. She is currently working on her thesis focusing on the Cherokee language, discussing the varieties of the Cherokee writing system and the development of the linguistic landscape in Cherokee, NC.


Steven Kramer

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B.A. International Business and Spanish, Minor in German, College of Charleston (2014)
Steven’s areas of interest are second-language acquisition and language pedagogy. He is researching the usage of Processing Instruction within aspect acquisition for L2 speakers of Romance languages, particularly Spanish.

Brian Ladd

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B.A. Arab Cultures with a concentration in Arabic Language, Minor in Linguistics, University of North Carolina (2013)
Brian’s areas of interest and study involve work at the Semantics-Pragmatics interface, and the socio-cultural aspects of language in use. His work focuses on the use of Arabic in the construction and expression of group identities in the Middle East and the Arab diaspora. He has a broader interest in the Semitic language family such as Hebrew, Amharic, and Tigrinya.

Emily Moeng

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B.A. Linguistics, University of California at Berkeley (2010)
M.A. Linguistics, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (2012)

Emily is a PhD candidate in the linguistics program. She is interested in the relative roles of top-down and bottom-up processing in the acquisition of sound categories. She is also involved in UNC’s Karen Research Group and in UNC’s Tigrinya Research Group.


Amy Reynolds

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B.A. Linguistics (Interdisciplinary), Minor in German, Hendrix College (2009)
M.A. Linguistics, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (2011)

Amy’s main interests include phonology, semantics, and the history of English. Her M.A. thesis was on acquisition models of English consonant clusters and she is now studying consonant-cluster reduction in a local refugee community.


Simon Wolf

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B.A. Linguistics and Dramatic Art, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (2017)

Simon is a second-year M.A. student. Broadly his areas are of interest are sociolinguistics of English and Arabic, internet linguistics, and phonetics. His current research is focused in two areas: the linguistic performance and construction of identity, and language variation/attitudes in educational settings.


Yunshu Xie

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B.A. Business  English, South-Central University for Nationalities (2017)

Yunshu is a second-year graduate student with main interests in semantics, sociolinguistics and second language acquisition. Her current research mostly focuses on the L1 transfer in L2 acquisition in early childhood between Mandarin and English.


Minlu Zhang

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Yang Zheng

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