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

adibriskin_croppedAdi Briskin is a rising sophomore at Washington University in St. Louis double-majoring in English and Linguistics. Her interests are in language acquisition.


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


marissacarl_croppedMarissa Carl is a rising senior at Mount Holyoke College double-majoring in Psychology and Spanish. Her interests are in bilingualism and multilingualism, second language acquisition, phonology, the relationship between phonetics and multilingualism at different stages of development, Spanish, Dutch, and Chinese.


danielledionne_croppedDanielle Dionne (BU GRS ’23) is a rising fifth-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.


erikduchnowski_croppedErik Duchnowski is a rising junior at Boston University Academy. He is interested in phonetics, bilingualism, Polish, Mandarin Chinese, Spanish, Hebrew, and Latin.


michaelfang_croppedJiangnan (Michael) Fang (BU CAS/GRS ’22) is a recent BA/MA graduate 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_croppedKate Fraser (BU CAS ’22) is a recent BA graduate in Linguistics. A past recipient of the UROP Humanities Scholars Award, she is currently investigating the perception of Asian American identity in speech. More generally, she is interested in language acquisition and multilingualism.


elisegelblicht_croppedElise Gelblicht (BU CGS ’24) is a rising junior majoring in Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences. Her interests are in multilingualism, language acquisition, phonetics, and Korean.


jennygeng_croppedJenny Geng is a recent graduate of the University of California at Davis, where she majored in Psychology. Her interests are in bilingualism, language acquisition, language production, and sociocultural factors.


willhutter_croppedWill Hutter is a rising senior at the Roxbury Latin School. He is interested in general linguistics, computational linguistics, Spanish, and Latin.


jacksonkellogg_croppedJackson Kellogg (BU GRS ’25) is a rising third-year PhD student in Linguistics. A research fellow in the lab in Spring 2022, he is currently investigating the early stages of phonetic drift in speech perception. More generally, his interests are in phonetics, language acquisition, and typology, with a particular interest in phonetic drift and language rhythm.


felixkpogo_croppedFelix Kpogo (BU GRS ’23) is a rising fifth-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. Currently, he is working on his dissertation, which investigates a vowel quality shift in the Akan (Twi) vowel harmony system among city speakers in Ghana.


peytonkrinsky_croppedPeyton Krinsky is a rising junior at Tufts University majoring in Cognitive & Brain Sciences, Computer Science, and Music. His interests are in language cognition, the biological mechanisms that undergird second language acquisition, cognitive benefits associated with multilingualism, and Spanish.


elianamugar_croppedEliana Mugar (CAS ’23) is a rising senior majoring in Linguistics and Computer Science. Her interests are in computational linguistics, multilingualism, language acquisition, phonetics/phonology, and sociolinguistics.


samrigor_croppedSamantha (Sam) Rigor (BU CAS ’24) is a rising junior double-majoring in Linguistics and Computer Science. Her interests are in language acquisition, multilingualism, and sociolinguistics. She is currently working on sociophonetic research about variable coda stop production by Asian Americans in Boston.


kevinsamejon_croppedKevin Samejon (BU GRS ’24) is a rising fourth-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.


yinwang_croppedYin Wang (BU GRS ’23) is a rising second-year MA student in Linguistics. His interests are in semantics, experimental pragmatics, sociophonetics, and the psycholinguistics of bilingualism.


yifanwu_croppedYifan Wu is a rising senior at Xiamen University, China, majoring in English. Her interests are in general linguistics.


stevenzhang_croppedSteven Zhang is a rising junior at St. Mark’s School. He is interested in general linguistics, Spanish, Mandarin, 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)
Katherine (Kate) Fraser (BU CAS ’22)
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)
Stella Miao (BU CAS ’22)
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)
Cristina Reguera Gómez (UMBC ’22 – MA Intercultural Communication)
James Rice (BU CAS ’24)
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)


Sunyoung Ahn, University of Manitoba
Anita Bowles, Duolingo
Esther de Leeuw, Queen Mary, University of London
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, Norwich University
Daniel Wall, Carnegie Mellon University
Yao Yao, Hong Kong Polytechnic University

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