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.


Haley Boone

B.A. Boise State University (2015)

Haley is a second-year M.A. student currently most interested in phonetics and phonology.


Mykel Brinkerhoff

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


Will Carter

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Will Carter is a second-year graduate student in linguistics at the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill. His interests are centered in phonology and the question of how language learners do (or don’t!) arrive at the ‘correct’ hypothesis of a language’s grammar. To this end, he explores computational models of phonological acquisition, phonological change, and the set of substantive and/or analytic biases which are necessary to make acquisition a feasible task.


Brent Eisenbarth

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B.A. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (2016)

Brent Eisenbarth is a second-year graduate student. He is interested in bilingualism, childhood second-language acquisition, language contact and Romance linguistics.


 Matthew Horton


Raua-Banu Kadirova

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B.A. Foreign Philology: English and German, al-Farabi Kazakh National University, Almaty, Kazakhstan (2012)

Raua-Banu Kadirova is a second-year graduate student and interested in endangered language of Tundra Yugahir in Northeast Russia.


Melissa Klein


Steven Kramer


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), 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.


Kate Rustad

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B.A. Spanish, Language Sciences minor, Virginia Tech (2016)

Kate is a second-year MA student. She is interested in how Sociolinguistics, general Linguistics, and the study of language as a whole can mirror the results of an educational concept called Social Emotional Learning (SEL – see for more information).


Mengqian (Mika) Wang


Simon Wolf


Yunshu Xie