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

danielledionne_croppedDanielle Dionne (BU GRS ’23) is a 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.

 

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.

 

jacksonkellogg_croppedJackson Kellogg (BU GRS ’25) is a 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 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.

 

elianamugar_croppedEliana Mugar (BU CAS ’23) is a 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 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.

 

Alumni and Former Interns

Celia Anderson (U. of Chicago ’22)
Allie Asaro (BU SAR ’20)
Aspen Bombardo (BU SAR ’21)
Adi Briskin (Washington U. of St. Louis ’25)
Jack Brown (BU CAS ’22)
Megan Brown (BU GRS ’18 – MA Applied Linguistics; BU GRS ’23 – PhD Linguistics)
Kun Cao (BU ENG ’18)
Marissa Carl (Mount Holyoke College ’23)
I Lei (Vicky) Chan (BU GRS ’17 – MA Applied Linguistics)
Daiana Chang (Columbia U. ’24 – MS Communication Sciences & Disorders)
Will Clapp (BU GRS ’19 – MA Linguistics)
Malav Dave (BU SAR ’20)
Juno Dong (Colby College ’18)
Darby Douros (U. of Chicago ’19)
Erik Duchnowski (BU Academy ’24)
Christy Eichlin (BU CAS ’18)
Michael Fang (BU CAS ’22 / BU GRS ’22 – MA Linguistics)
Leslie Fink (Dartmouth College ’16)
Emily Fisher (Georgetown U. ’21)
Katherine (Kate) Fraser (BU CAS ’22)
Elise Gelblicht (BU CGS ’24)
Jenny Geng (UC Davis ’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)
Will Hutter (Roxbury Latin School ’23)
Nurgül Işik (BU SED ’19 – EdM TESOL)
Hye Youn Jo (BU SED ’18 – EdM TESOL)
Elisabeth Kotsalidis (BU CAS ’20)
Peyton Krinsky (Tufts U. ’24)
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)
Yin Wang (BU GRS ’23 – MA Linguistics)
Benjamin Wong (BU ENG ’20)
Yifan Wu (Xiamen U. ’23)
Rui Xu (BU GRS ’20 – MA Linguistics)
Amira Yazghi (BU SAR ’20)
Wayne (Hosang) Yoon (BU CAS ’18)
Qian Yu (BU CAS ’21)
Steven Zhang (St. Mark’s School ’24)
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, 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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