Hui (Eric) An

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B.A. Finance and Banking, Shenzhen University, China (2011)
M.A. Financial Management, Pace University (2014)

Hui An is a first year graduate student in the Linguistics Department. He is currently interested in Semantics and Phonetics.


Emily Andino

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B.A. Linguistics, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (2015)

Emily is a second-year student interested in Romance languages and cognitive linguistics.


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.


Metta Crouse

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B.A. Philosophy and Spanish, Ithaca College (2012)

Metta is a second year Masters student in the linguistics program whose interests include phonology and historical linguistics. He is currently a research assistant for the Sporklab Research Group.


Iyad Ghanim

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B.A. Law & Society and Psychology, American University (2013)

A second year MA student, Iyad is interested in bilingualism and second language acquisition. More specifically, his research focuses on facilitating processes of lexical retrieval in passive bilinguals and the effects of priming tasks on heritage-language speakers. As a master’s student at UNC, Iyad is also looking at the perception, acquisition, and production of pharyngeal segments in Semitic languages as part of his involvement with UNC’s Tigrinya Research Group.


Kline Gilbert

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B.A. International Studies, Croft Institute for International Studies at the University of Mississippi (2009)
M.A. Linguistics, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (2012)

Kline is a fifth-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.


Xue He

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B.A. Teaching Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages, China (2015)

Xue He is a first year student interested in second language acquisition and syntax.


Grant Huffman


Constance Li


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.


Yuka Muratani

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B.A. Linguistics, University of Utah (2014)

Yuka is a first year MA student. Her main interests include phonetics, laboratory and theoretical phonology, second language acquisition (especially L2 speech perception), and Japanese linguistics.


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.


Daniel Seabrooks


Ingrid Zhao