Grad Students

Kris Aper


Laura Barnes


Rachel Broad

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BA Linguistics, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (2013)

Rachel is a second year Master’s student who is interested in phonetics, phonology and Japanese linguistics as well as natural language processing. She works as a research assistant for the Sporklab research group.

Metta Crouse


Kathleen Cullen


Stephanie Gardner


Iyad Ghanim


Kline Gilbert

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BA International Studies, Croft Institute for International Studies at the University of Mississippi (2009)
MA Linguistics, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (2012)

Kline is a fourth-year student whose main interests are morphology, syntax, and morphosyntax. He is particularly interested in compounding and the morphosyntax of compounds, as well as the Germanic languages.

Megan Gotowski

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BA French, Juniata College (2012)
Megan is a second year MA student whose interests include language acquisition, language evolution, and syntax. She is particularly interested in subject doubling in child French.

Jen Boehm (formerly Griffin)

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Jen is a PhD candidate who is mainly interested in 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.

Caleb Hicks

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BA Linguistics, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (2006)
MA Linguistics, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (2010)

Caleb’s research is on the typology of grammatical alignment in indigenous North American languages.  Other work involves case marking in Tibetan and video-based approaches to language documentation.  He passes the time practicing rare speech sounds.


Aziz Jaber

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Aziz is a third-year PhD student.  He is interested in formal semantics, the semantics of generics in particular.


Melinda Johnson

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BA in Modern Languages (w/ Spanish Concentration) from Univ. of Louisiana at Monroe

Melinda is a second year MA student. Much of her linguistic research has been in English usage in South Korean popular media as a socio-cultural indicator.


Breanne Jones


Xuewei Constance Li


Daniel Little II


Yina Diana Ma


Emily Moeng

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Emily is a PhD student interested in the relationship between phonetics and phonology. Her personal website is located at


Brandon Prickett


Kayleigh Reyes

Kayleigh Reyes is a second year MA student.  Her research focuses on Sociolinguistics and Sociophonetics, particularly pitch variations related to audience design model, as well as feature economy.


Amy Reynolds

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B.A. Linguistics (Interdisciplinary),  Hendrix College (2009)
M.A. Linguistics, UNC – 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.

Alysia Richard


Hugo Salgado Rodriguez

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I’m mainly interested in the evolution of Pipil, the southernmost member of the Uto-Aztecan family and the only indigenous language still spoken in El Salvador. More broadly, I’m also very interested in contact linguistics, especially the influence of Spanish in indigenous Mesoamerican languages.

Daniel Seabrooks


Jessica Slavic

BA German and Latin, Hillsdale College (2012)


Gregory Stephan

I am a second-year student, interested in computational linguistics and programming languages. I hope to advance my computer programming skills alongside my linguistic studies, in order to pursue a career in the technological field.

Kayla Vix

BA English and Biblical & Religious Studies, Tabor College (2010)

Kayla is in her second and (if all goes as planned) final year of linguistics graduate study at UNC. She is interested in historical linguistics, code-switching, and dialectal varieties. Her current focus is on the Low German heritage language of the American Mennonites.

Chunmeng Bonnie Wang

BA Psychology, Portland State University (2011)
BA English, Northeast Normal University, China (2012)

Bonnie is a second year MA student. Her research interests are psycholinguistics, second language acquisition, and morphology-phonology interface. Please visit her personal website: 

Zachary Wilkins

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BA Latin American Studies and Spanish Language, Case Western Reserve University (2011)
2013 Linguistic Institute, University of Michigan at Ann Arbor

Prior to coming to UNC on a Graduate Merit Assistantship, Zachary Wilkins lived a year and a half in Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay and studied at the Universidad de Buenos Aires in Buenos Aires, Argentina. His experiences there have inspired him to pursue an MA in Linguistics at UNC. Zachary’s primary research interests are on pragmatics and language acquisition. In addition, he has been working with Spanish Professor Bruno Estigarribia for the past year on Spanish-Guaraní code-switching.

Zhao Ye

Siyun Juliet Zhu

Siyun is a second year MA student. She’s mainly interested in phonology, second language acquisition and general Chinese linguistics.

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