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 second-year graduate student in the Linguistics Department. He is currently interested in semantics and phonetics.


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 first year M.A. student currently most interested in phonetics and phonology.


Xue He

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

Xue He is a second-year graduate student in the Department of Linguistics. She is interested in second language acquisition of syntax and teaching Chinese as a second language.

Matthew Horton


Grant Huffman


Raua-Banu Kadirova

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

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

Mengquian Wang


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


Anissa Neal

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

Anissa is a second-year M.A. student interested in cognitive and psycholinguistics. She participated in the dual B.A./M.A program.


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

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

Kate is a first 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).

Daniel Seabrooks