People

Faculty

jonbarnes_croppedJon Barnes (Associate Professor of Linguistics) is the director of the Phonology Lab and is also involved in the BU-MIT-Simmons Prosody Lab, which investigates measures of prosodic contrast such as TCoG (Tonal Center of Gravity).

 

charleschang_croppedCharles Chang (Associate Professor of Linguistics) is the director of the PAMLab. His research interests are in phonetics and phonology, language acquisition (especially L2 and L3/Ln learning), and the psycholinguistics of bilingualism and multilingualism.

 

dannyerker_croppedDanny Erker (Associate Professor of Spanish and Linguistics) is the director of the Sociolinguistics Lab and Principal Investigator on the Spanish in Boston project. His research interests are in language variation and change, language and dialect contact, and Spanish in the United States.

 

katelindsey_croppedKate Lindsey (Assistant Professor of Linguistics) is a phonologist who specializes in the study of Ende and other languages of southern New Guinea. Her research interests are in underspecification and variation in phonological systems, vowel harmony, phonological reduplication, fieldwork and language documentation, and language typology.

 

Current Students and Interns

meganbrown_croppedMegan M. Brown (BU GRS ’23) is a fourth-year PhD student in Linguistics and a research fellow in the lab during the 2021-22 academic year. Her interests are in adult second and third language acquisition, cross-linguistic influence, and multilingualism. Her current work in the PAMLab focuses on regressive cross-linguistic influence in English/German/Spanish trilinguals.

 

danielledionne_croppedDanielle Dionne (BU GRS ’23) is a fourth-year PhD student in Linguistics. A research fellow in the lab during the 2020-21 academic year, she is currently working on sociophonetic research about speech production by Asian Americans in Boston. Her interests include phonetics, bilingualism, cross-linguistic pragmatics, and computational linguistics.

 

michaelfang_croppedJiangnan (Michael) Fang (BU CAS ’21) is a dual BA/MA student in Linguistics. His interests are in second language acquisition, speech production, the perception of nonnative vs. native speakers, and the relationship of speech perception to prosodic features such as vowel length and stress. He is currently working on a project examining connected speech phenomena in L1 Mandarin learners of English.

 

katefraser_croppedKatherine (Kate) Fraser (BU CAS ’22) is a rising senior majoring in Linguistics and minoring in History. Her interests are in language acquisition and multilingualism. She is currently working on a UROP project examining listener perception of speech produced by Asian Americans.

 

cristinaregueragomez_croppedCristina Reguera Gómez is a Fulbright Scholar from Spain completing a master’s in Intercultural Communication at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC). An experienced language teacher, she is interested in bilingualism/multilingualism, language acquisition, and psycholinguistics.

 

jacksonkellogg_croppedJackson Kellogg (BU GRS ’25) is a second-year PhD student in Linguistics and a research fellow in the lab for Spring 2022. His interests are in phonetics, language acquisition, and typology, with a particular interest in phonetic drift and language rhythm. He completed his master’s degree at Arizona State University with a thesis entitled “A Rhythmic Analysis of Scottish Gaelic Using Durational Metrics”.

 

felixkpogo_croppedFelix Kpogo (BU GRS ’23) is a fourth-year PhD student in Linguistics. His interests are in first and second language acquisition (in particular, phonological and lexical acquisition), bilingualism, and African/Ghanaian languages such as Akan, Ga, and Ewe. His previous research examined Akan-English bilinguals’ production of English interdental fricatives (Kpogo & Gathercole, 2020). Currently, he is investigating a vowel quality shift in the Akan (Twi) vowel harmony system among city speakers in Ghana.

 

samrigor_croppedSamantha (Sam) Rigor (BU CAS ’24) is a sophomore double-majoring in Linguistics and Computer Science. Her interests are in language acquisition, multilingualism, and sociolinguistics.

 

kevinsamejon_croppedKevin Samejon (BU GRS ’24) is a third-year PhD student in Linguistics. His interests are in phonetics, phonology, speech production and perception, prosody, semantics, and Philippine languages. Currently, he is investigating crosslinguistic differences in temporal nasalization patterns between Tagalog and English.

 

Alumni and Former Interns

Celia Anderson (U. of Chicago ’22)
Allie Asaro (BU SAR ’20)
Aspen Bombardo (BU SAR ’21)
Jack Brown (BU CAS ’22)
Megan Brown (BU GRS ’18 – MA Applied Linguistics; BU GRS ’23 – PhD Linguistics)
Kun Cao (BU ENG ’18)
I Lei (Vicky) Chan (BU GRS ’17 – MA Applied Linguistics)
Will Clapp (BU GRS ’19 – MA Linguistics)
Malav Dave (BU SAR ’20)
Juno Dong (Colby College ’18)
Darby Douros (U. of Chicago ’19)
Christy Eichlin (BU CAS ’18)
Leslie Fink (Dartmouth College ’16)
Emily Fisher (Georgetown U. ’21)
Yuhao He (BU CAS ’21)
Kendra Hennegen (BU SAR ’19 – MS Speech-Language Pathology)
Jennifer Hollfelder (Needham High ’18)
Nolan Holley (Williams College ’22)
Xinwen Hu (BU GRS ’19 – MA Applied Linguistics)
Ziwei (Jo) Huang (Pitzer College ’19)
Nurgül Işik (BU SED ’19 – EdM TESOL)
Hye Youn Jo (BU SED ’18 – EdM TESOL)
Elisabeth Kotsalidis (BU CAS ’20)
Brenden Layte (BU GRS ’17 – MA Applied Linguistics)
Xiyuan (Jessica) Li (Hong Kong Polytechnic U. ’20)
William Longerbeam (BU CAS ’18)
Dominique Lopiccolo (BU GRS ’19 – MA Applied Linguistics)
Katie Martin (Yale U. ’18)
Tyler Olds (Columbia U. ’22)
Solveig Olson-Strom (Pomona College ’18)
Abby Pauley (BU CAS ’17, GRS ’17 – MA Linguistics)
Shane Quinn (Georgetown U. ’19, ’20 – MS Sociolinguistics)
Harper Pollio-Barbee (Brandeis U. ’21)
Abigail Ripin (BU CAS ’20)
Kevin Samejon (Biola U. ’17; BU GRS ’24 – PhD Linguistics)
Maya Sanchez (Columbia U. ’21)
Jimmy Sbordone (BU CAS ’18, GRS ’18 – MA Linguistics)
Yueliang Shao (BU GRS ’19 – MA Linguistics)
Yash Subrahmanyam (BU CAS ’23)
Sharmaine Sun (BU CAS ’19)
Xiaoyi (Claire) Tang (U. of Pennsylvania ’20 – MSEd TESOL)
Rachel Templeton (Stonehill ’17)
Kathryn Turner (BU CAS ’18, GRS ’18 – MA Linguistics)
Lena Venkatraman (Yale ’22)
Dallas Walter (BU CAS ’16)
Shan Wan (BU CAS ’19)
Benjamin Wong (BU ENG ’20)
Rui Xu (BU GRS ’20 – MA Linguistics)
Amira Yazghi (BU SAR ’20)
Wayne (Hosang) Yoon (BU CAS ’18)
Qian Yu (BU CAS ’21)
Elizabeth Zhao (BU CAS ’21)
Yanwan Zhu (Smith College ’21)

Visiting Researchers

Sunyoung Ahn (Harvard University, AY 2018-19, AY 2019-20)
Sungmi Kwon (Pukyong National University, AY 2016-17)
Yao Yao (Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Spring 2019)

Collaborators

Sunyoung Ahn, Harvard University
Anita Bowles, Duolingo
Robert DeKeyser, University of Maryland
Simon Fischer-Baum, Rice University
Erin Haynes, LifeMoves
Ewa Golonka, University of Maryland
Sam Green, University College London
Hae-Sung Jeon, University of Central Lancashire
Valerie Karuzis, University of Maryland
Shira Katseff (now Hahn), Aural Analytics
Sungmi Kwon, Pukyong National University
Sue Ann Lee, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center
Sunyoung Lee-Ellis, Foreign Service Institute, U.S. Department of State
Russell Lee-Goldman, Google
Andrew Nevins, University College London
Marta Piqueras-Brunet, Shopify
Russell Rhodes, Zillow
Kevin Tang, Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf
Medha Tare, Digital Promise
Karen Vatz, Orchard Valley Waldorf School
Daniel Wall, Carnegie Mellon University
Yao Yao, Hong Kong Polytechnic University




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