Current Students

Akiyama_YukaYuka Akiyama

Concentration: Applied Linguistics

Yuka joined the Ph.D. program in Applied Linguistics in 2013. Before coming to Georgetown, she was a lecturer of Japanese in American universities and had coordinated various language exchange projects. Her research interests include second language acquisition, TBLT (task-based language teaching), discourse analysis, and intercultural communication in the context of telecollaboration. She holds an Ed.M. in TESOL from Boston University, M.S. in Linguistics from Georgetown, and a B.A. in Linguistics from International Christian University, Tokyo.


Fathiya Al RashdiJehan Al-Mahmoud

Concentration: Sociolinguistics

Jehan joined the Ph.D. program in Sociolinguistics in 2015 after completing an M.A. in Language and Communication in the Department of Linguistics at Georgetown. Her research interests include the formation of identity among Saudi Arabian women and the intersection of social media discourse; gender and language among Saudis; and the use of Twitter for social reform in the Middle East. Prior to coming to Georgetown, she completed her undergraduate work at Princess Noura University in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. She worked there for three years as an instructor in the College of Languages and Translation, during which she developed the interests that would come to shape her future research.


Annan_MinnieMinnie Annan

Concentration: Sociolinguistics

Minnie returns to the Hilltop to complete her doctoral studies after graduating with a B.A. in 2005 and an M.S. in 2006, both in Linguistics. She began her doctoral work at Michigan State, developing a variety of interests including how women in power communicate in business settings and how the race and language intersection in the classroom affects the achievement gap. African American Language phonology and syntax, especially the get passive, are also areas of her research. Outside of the classroom, Minnie enjoys exploring DC’s cupcakeries and working with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington.


Marta Lilla BaffyAmelia Becker

Concentration: General Linguistics

Amelia is interested in theories of phonetics and phonology that explore language experience and usage as sources from which the linguistic system emerges. She is particularly interested in theories that allow us to unify our understanding of the signed and spoken modalities, such as Articulatory Phonology. Amelia works mostly on American Sign Language, but she has also worked with signers of Haitian Sign Language and Persian Sign Language. In Spring 2015, she received her MA in Linguistics from Gallaudet University. She earned her BA in Linguistics and English from the College of William and Mary in 2010.


Edvan BritoEdvan P. Brito

Concentration: Sociolinguistics

Edvan Brito joined the Ph.D. program in Linguistics in 2011. He holds an M.S. in Linguistics from Georgetown University and an M.A. in Mass Communication and Media Studies and a graduate certificate in International Studies from Howard University. Edvan received his Bachelor’s degree in Portuguese and Linguistics and a teaching certificate in Portuguese Language and Literature from Universidade de São Paulo (USP) in Brazil. He started his career as a Portuguese teacher in São Paulo, Brazil, in 2002 and has been working in the field of Portuguese as a Second Language in the United States since 2010. He worked as a lecturer in Portuguese at Howard University from 2010 to 2014 and as a visiting instructor in Portuguese and Spanish at Dickinson College during the 2014-2015 academic year. In fall 2015, Edvan starts in his new position as an assistant professor in Portuguese at the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center – DLIFLC in Monterey, CA. His publications include a corpus-based study comparing American English and Brazilian Portuguese and articles dealing with different dimensions of identity. His research interests include sociolinguistic variation, discourse analysis and second language acquisition.


Edvan BritoLara Bryfonski

Concentration: Applied Linguistics

Lara is a graduate of Boston University where she studied linguistics and bilingual education. Before coming to Georgetown, Lara taught ESL in a variety of contexts in Boston. She also taught with Bilingual Education for Central America (BECA), a bilingual school in Honduras. Lara's doctoral research focuses on interaction and corrective feedback in second language acquisition as well as task-based language teaching and learning. 


Goeun ChaeGo-Eun Chae

Concentration: Theoretical Linguistics

Go-Eun joined the Ph.D. program in 2009. Her main research interests include the syntax and pragmatics interface, in which she looks for particular contextual factors in morphosyntactic variation in Korean, and L1 morphosyntactic development, in which she works on child language acquisition of case particles in Korean. She received her B.A. in philosophy from Sungkyunkwan University.


Goeun ChaeHo Fai Cheng (Viggo)

Concentration: Sociolinguistics

Viggo joined the Ph.D. program in Sociolinguistics in 2015. His research interests include discourse analysis, intercultural communication, and language and identity. He has previously studied at the University of Amsterdam and the Hong Kong Baptist University, where he graduated with a B.A. in English Language and Literature with a minor in Psychology and an M.A. in Language Studies. Prior to his study at Georgetown, he published an article on intergroup prejudice among university students of culturally-diverse backgrounds and a book review on (in)appropriate online behaviors in computer-mediated discourse.


Goeun ChaeHanwool Choe

Concentration: Sociolinguistics

Hanwool Choe joined the Ph.D. program in 2015. She completed her B.A. in English Linguistics, with a minor in Education, at Hankuk University of Foreign Studies in South Korea, and received a Fulbright scholarship to obtain her M.A. in Language & Communication at Georgetown University. Her research interests, primarily in the Korean digital discourse, focus on discourse analysis, interactional sociolinguistics, framing, and intertextuality.


Getz_HeidiHeidi Getz

Concentration: General Linguistics

Heidi is a graduate researcher in the Learning and Development Lab, where she conducts research on how children acquire language, particularly syntax, and how language is organized in the brain. Before joining the PhD program in 2013, Heidi worked in a cognitive neuropsychology laboratory, where she conducted research on aphasia, alexia, and anomia in stroke and dementia. Heidi received her B.A. in Linguistics and French from Georgetown.


Hillary J HarnerHillary J Harner

Concentration: Theoretical Linguistics

Hillary is working on modality in her dissertation on the semantics of focus and attitude verbs. This topic brings her to study the relationship between desire verbs and belief, the differences between ordering and advising verbs, and the meaning of predicates of likelihood. All of this lends itself to many hours spent quietly focusing words, and pondering possible worlds. Before coming to Georgetown, Hillary studied French as an undergrad and taught English in France. When she is not working on her dissertation, she enjoys biking, seeing friends, and not working on her dissertation.


Jonathan HavenhillJonathan Havenhill

Concentration: Theoretical Linguistics
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Jon joined the Ph.D. program in 2012. His research interests include phonetics, phonology, and sociophonetics. In particular, he is interested in exploring how theoretical models of language can account for linguistic change and variation. His undergraduate thesis examined vowel changes in the Munich variety of German. He received a B.A. in German and in English from Grand Valley State University in 2012.


Huang_LihongLihong Huang

Concentration: Applied Linguistics

Lihong is a Ph.D. candidate in Applied Linguistics. Her research interests include cognitive linguistics, task-based language teaching, and language training and assessment for high-stakes tests. Lihong has worked as a Chinese instructor and the coordinator of intermediate level Chinese courses at the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures at Georgetown University for nine years. She has also trained U.S. government employees for the Defense Language Proficiency Test (DLPT) at Multilingual Solutions, Inc. and worked as an independent contractor on test development for the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). She holds an M.A.T. ESL-BLE from Georgetown University.


Adrienne Isaac

Concentration: Sociolinguistics

Adrienne joined the Department in 2014. She received her BA degree in Psychology from UCLA. For her undergraduate research, she incorporated conversation and discourse analytic methods to study classroom interactions involving English-Spanish bilingual students. Subsequent to graduating from UCLA, Adrienne taught for several years in Los Angeles County juvenile detention facilities and conducted research with female substance users as well as individuals diagnosed with behavioral variant frontotemporal dementia and early-onset Alzheimer’s disease. Adrienne then returned to UCLA to receive her MA degree in Applied Linguistics where she examined disorganized speech and social cognition in conversations with individuals diagnosed with schizophrenia. Now at Georgetown, Adrienne focuses on the resources – both verbal and nonverbal – that participants in interaction utilize for sense-making purposes. She is particularly interested in the role of theory of mind, joint attention and social cognition in conversation.


Md. Jahurul Islam

Concentration: Theoretical Linguistics

Jahurul entered the doctoral program in Fall 2014. Prior to joining Georgetown, he completed an MA in linguistics in Spring 2014 from North Carolina State University at Raleigh. The primary research areas of Jahurul include acoustic and articulatory phonetics, phonetic aspects of dialect/language variation, language change, quantitative and experimental approach, etc. He loves Praat scripting for automating acoustic data extraction, likes using R for data analysis, and is interested in using different laboratory tools (including electroglottograph, ultrasound, airflow, etc.) for studying the phonetic properties of languages. He conducted an electroglottographic investigation to study the aspect of breathy voicing in Bangla 'voiced-aspirates' for his MA Capstone. His future interests include investigating the phonetic variation among Bangla dialects (as spoken in Bangladesh).  


JanHana Jan

Concentration: Applied Linguistics

Hana joined the M.A.T-E.S.L. program in 2010. In 2012, she advanced to the Ph.D. program in Applied Linguistics. Her general areas of interest are cognitive linguistics, bilingualism, cognition, language processing, L2 pedagogy, phonology & phonetics, and TBLT. She received her B.A. in Linguistics from King Abdulaziz University, Saudi Arabia.


Sakiko KajinoAmy Kim

Concentration: Applied Linguistics

Amy joined the Ph.D program in Applied Linguistics in 2015. During her master's program, she worked as a Test Development Assistant at the Center for Applied Linguistics, assisting the speaking assessment team developing new items for ACCESS for ELLs 2.0. Her research interests lie in second language assessment, especially speaking and writing, and program evaluation. She holds an M.A. in Applied Linguistics from Teachers College, Columbia University and a B.A. in East Asian Languages and Literatures with German Studies minor from Smith College.


Jimin KimJimin Kim

Concentration: Theoretical Linguistics

Jimin joined the Ph.D. program in 2011. She is interested in generative approaches to first and second language acquisition, especially the lexical semantics of the developmental grammar of language learners. Prior coming to Georgetown, she received her M.A. at Korea University, where her research focused on second language acquisition and grammatical aspects of language learning. She also worked as a research assistant at the Center for Teaching and Learning at Korea University. Jimin received her B.A. in English with a minor in foreign language education from Catholic University in 2008.


Joshua Aaron KrautJoshua Aaron Kraut

Concentration: Sociolinguistics

Joshua entered the doctoral program in 2011 after teaching ESL in U.S. and French universities. His research employs discourse and narrative analysis, especially as applied to 1) situations of conflict and 2) religious identity and discourse. Some current projects: examining religious narrative in a Congressional hearing on healthcare reform; exploring the pedagogical potential of conflict resolution techniques for instructed SLA from a Task Based language Teaching perspective; and, developing a pragmatic analysis of hate speech and corresponding legislation. Joshua received his B.A. in French and M.A. in TESOL from Penn State, and an M.A. in French from the Université Aix-Marseille.


Steve KunathSteve Kunath

Concentration: Computational Linguistics

Engaged in research in the field of computational linguistics. Has worked on large scale information retrieval projects for specialized data sets. Focuses on language equilibrium issues. Was told by a linguistics Ph.D. from MIT that his undergraduate training was "worthless" due to its heavy emphasis on scholastic philosophy.
 


Julie Beth LakeJulie Beth Lake

Concentration: Applied Linguistics
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Julie joined the Ph.D. program in 2009. Her dissertation focuses on reading comprehension, examining the role of individual differences in L1 and L2 processing in bridging and predictive inferences. Julie’s research interests also include morphological and pragmatic processing, and interactional feedback in the classroom. She received an NSF PIRE grant to work with Sonja Kotz at the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, where she carried out an ERP study on pragmatic processing of linguistic context. Julie’s classroom experience includes teaching ESL for Academic Purposes and a methods course for second/foreign language teachers.


Hyunjin Lee

Concentration: Theoretical Linguistics

Hyunjin joined the Ph.D. program in 2016 after completing an M.A. in Linguistics at the University at Buffalo, the State University of New York. Her current research interests include phonology, phonetics, phonological changes of English loanwords in Korean and L1 transfer in L2 English by Gyeongsang dialect (Korean regional dialect) speakers. She received a B.A. in Language and Information with a minor in English Language and Literature and an M.A. in English Language and Literature from Pusan National University.


Jinsok LeeJinsok Lee

Concentration: Sociolinguistics

Jinsok joined the Ph.D. program in 2009. Prior to coming to Georgetown he worked for D&T as a translator. His previous work examined Korean pop singers' phonological variations and identity. His research interests include phonological variation, identity, ethnicity, sociophonetics, and language in mass media. Jinsok is currently conducting fieldwork in a Korean American community in New Jersey to examine the language, ethnicity, and identity of Korean Americans. He received his B.A. in English Linguistics from Hankuk University of Foreign Studies (HUFS), and his M.S. in Sociolinguistics from Georgetown University. He is currently lecturer of International Summer Session at HUFS.


Sinae LeeSinae Lee

Concentration: Sociolinguistics

Sinae joined the Department of Linguistics at Georgetown University in 2009. She is currently working on her dissertation, tentatively entitled "Quantitative and qualitative approach towards the language of Washington, DC: Vowels and narratives." She has also been exploring the social meaning/interactional functions of creaky voice among DC residents.
 


James Maguire

Concentration: Theoretical Linguistics

James entered the PhD program in 2014. Prior to enrolling at Georgetown he completed a BA in linguistics form the School of African and Oriental Studies. His research interests primarily focus on semantics and cognition, with secondary interests in machine learning and the syntax-semantics interface.


Narges MahpeykarNarges Mahpeykar

Concentration: Applied Linguistics

Narges joined the PhD program in 2009. Her main areas of interest are Cognitive Linguistics, Second Language Acquisition and Discourse Analysis. She is currently working on the cognitive approaches to the semantics of English phrasal verbs and their complex polysemy networks. Prior to coming to Georgetown, she was a Masters student in the University of Birmingham UK. Her previous research concentrated on Cognitive Linguistics approaches to learning and teaching phrasal verbs.


Alex MarstersAlex Marsters

Concentration: Sociolinguistics

Alex joined the Ph.D. program in 2012 after spending a year in the M.S. program. Her primary research interests are in forensic linguistics, including burgeoning interests in speaker identification, authorship attribution and threat assessment. Prior to joining the Georgetown community, she completed her undergraduate work at Syracuse University in English Literature and Secondary Education with a minor in Forensic Science.


Edvan BritoTodd H. McKay

Concentration: Applied Linguistics

Todd joined the Ph.D. program in Applied Linguistics in 2014. His research interests focus on language program evaluation, primarily in the South-Central Asian context. Narrower interests include utilization-focuses evaluation, culturally appropriate evaluation, task-based language teaching, and statistics and measurement (Rasch!). Prior to coming to Georgetown, Todd taught English in Bangladesh and at an intensive English program in Ogden, Utah. In his free time, he enjoys running, reading, and 'urban spelunking' (walking aimlessly around cities).

 


Mooney_ShannonShannon Mooney

Concentration: Sociolinguistics

Shannon joined the Ph.D. program in 2013. Her research interests include quantitative analysis of regional dialect change and the link between phonological variation and lexical form, function, and frequency. She has previously analyzed corpora of regional dialects of Scotland and surrounding areas in both M.A. and B.A. theses. Before coming to Georgetown, she received her M.A. in Linguistics from University of Toronto and her B.A. in Linguistics and Anthropology from New York University.


Bokyung MunBokyung Mun

Concentration: Theoretical Linguistics

Bokyung joined the Ph.D. program in Theoretical Linguistics in 2009. Her main research interests lie in the areas of syntax, semantics and pragmatics. She is currently working on her dissertation, which examines the interaction between modality and tense/aspect. Prior to coming to Georgetown, she received her M.A. in English Linguistics, and her B.A. in British and American Language and Literature as well as in Chinese Culture from Sogang University, Korea.


Minh NguyenMinh Nguyen

Concentration: Sociolinguistics

Minh joined the Ph.D. program in Sociolinguistics in 2015. Her research interests include language and ethnicity, language and gender, social media data, discourse analysis, and women and gender studies. Primarily interested in Asian American narratives and queer identities, Minh focuses her work on the role of language in the construction of minority identities. She received her B.A. in Linguistics and Women’s Studies, as well as a minor in French, at the University of Georgia.


Stacy Jennifer PetersenStacy Jennifer Petersen

Concentration: Theoretical Linguistics

Stacy’s research interests are centered around phonetics, phonology, and acquisition. Her current dissertation work focuses on constraints of the time dimension of the vowel space to account for diphthong vowels. She also is interested in vowel dispersion and speech perception. Previous work includes L2 acquisition of French nasal vowels, Faroese laryngeal phonology, and computational phonology. She has participated in Dr. Zsiga's research group, doing tongue edge tracking in ultrasound video of Setswana speakers. She received a B.A. in French with a minor in Linguistics at UC Berkeley.


Stacy Jennifer PetersenAlexandra Pfiffner

Concentration: Theoretical Linguistics

Alexandra joined the Ph.D. program in 2015. Her research interests lie in phonetics and phonology, particularly in situations of language contact and pidgin and creole languages. She received her B.A. in Spanish with a minor in Linguistics from Colgate University.

 


Ashleigh Pipes

Concentration: Applied Linguistics

Ashleigh joined the Ph.D. program in Fall 2013. She received a B.S. in Japanese with Business Coursework from Georgetown University and an M.A. in Communication Arts from the University of West Florida. Prior to her return to Georgetown, Ashleigh held various marketing positions in the US and Japan and also studied Korean at the Defense Language Institute in Monterey, California. She is currently interested in individual differences in second language acquisition and task-based language teaching.


Stephanie Lynn PoissonStephanie Lynn Poisson

Concentration: Computational Linguistics

Stephanie first joined the Department of Linguistics in 2004. After earning her master's degree in 2006, she returned in 2007 as a Ph.D. student. Currently, Stephanie is working on her dissertation on extracting semantic lexicons from linked data. Other research interests include automating phonetic annotation, morphological disambiguation and using language typology for generalized natural language processing systems. She holds a B.A. in English Literature from the University of Illinois at Chicago and an M.S. in Computational Linguistics from Georgetown University.


Mackenzie PriceMackenzie Price

Concentration: Sociolinguistics

Mackenzie is a practitioner of interactional sociolinguistics in institutional contexts. Her current work applies the tools of interactional sociolinguistics to business school teaching and learning and Management Communication. Mackenzie's research areas include leadership discourse, professional and workplace identity, cross cultural communication and socialization in higher education.   She holds a B.A in Linguistics from Stanford University and an M.A in Linguistics from the University of California, Davis.  


Di Qi

Concentration: Applied Linguistics

Di is a Chinese instructor at the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures at Georgetown University. After graduating with a M.A.T. ESL-BLE in 2012, she returned to the Hilltop to start her doctoral studies in 2014. Her major areas of interest are second language acquisition, cognitive linguistics, and language assessment. She is especially interested in how the motivation level in second language learners affects their language acquisition rate.


Raspayeva_AisuluAisulu Raspayeva

Concentration: Sociolinguistics

Aisulu Raspayeva joined the Ph.D. program in 2013. She is from Kazakhstan. Her concentration is Sociolinguistics and major research is in discourse analysis, conversational discourse in multicultural context, and national identity construction in modern Kazakhstan. She received her B.A. and M.A. in Foreign Languages at WVU and has taught ESL/EFL for 7 years.


Kate Riestenberg

Concentration: General Linguistics
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Kate conducts research in the areas of second language acquisition and bilingualism, language revitalization, phonology, and morphology, with a special focus on the Zapotecan language family (Otomanguean). Her dissertation investigates the acquisition of lexical tone among child second language learners of Macuiltianguis Zapotec (with support from the NSF, BCS-1451687, and the Georgetown University Graduate School). She has co-authored publications on measuring awareness in research on implicit language learning and on cross-linguistic influence in early L3 acquisition. She has worked on morphophonological descriptions of two Zapotec languages and led a project investigating the use of task-based methods in a Zapotec revitalization program. Kate has held research assistant positions at the Center for Applied Linguistics and the Smithsonian Institution. She holds a B.A. in Hispanic Linguistics from The Ohio State University.


Morgan RoodMorgan Rood

Concentration: Theoretical Linguistics

Morgan’s research interests include Semitic morphology and syntax, with a focus on the morphology of the Semitic verbal system. Within Semitics, she is interested in Arabic, Hebrew, Amharic, and more recently, the Modern South Arabian languages. Prior to coming to Georgetown, she completed a Fulbright in Israel studying Arabic and Hebrew sociolinguistics. She received her B.A. from Boston College in Arabic Studies and Political Science.


Ryals_LauraLaura Ryals

Concentration: Theoretical Linguistics

Laura joined the PhD program in 2013, after completing the MS program. If pressed, she would say that her primary linguistic interests are lexical semantics and idiom formation. In her spare time and to relieve the stress incurred by graduate school, Laura enjoys sewing hats and drawing cartoons.


Mari SakaiMari Sakai

Concentration: Applied Linguistics

Mari entered the Department of Linguistics at Georgetown in 2011. Before moving to DC, she taught English for Academic Purposes at a college in Tampa, Florida. She is a heritage learner of Spanish and Japanese, and has lived in Sevilla, Spain and Osaka, Japan, trying to regain her family languages. Her academic interests include second language (L2) phonological processing and L2 classroom pedagogy. Mari received her B.A. in English Literature and Spanish Language from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and her M.A.T. from the University of South Florida.


Sylvia Antonina SierraSylvia Antonina Sierra

Concentration: Sociolinguistics

Sylvia joined the Ph.D. program in 2012. Prior to coming to Georgetown she taught as a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant at a technical institute in Michoacán, Mexico, and went on to teach Spanish at a middle school in Virginia. She has also spent time as a guitar instructor for bilingual children. Her research interests are discourse analysis, identity, epistemics, intertextuality, and discourse-level variation in language. She received a self-designed B.A. in Linguistics and Spanish and an M.Ed. with endorsement in Teaching English as a Second Language and certification in Spanish at the University of Mary Washington, and an M.S. in linguistics at Georgetown.


Daniel Edward SimonsonDaniel Edward Simonson

Concentration: Computational Linguistics
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Dan joined the Ph.D. program and the Department of Linguistics in 2011 on the computational track. He has worked on problems involving natural language processing in medical, legal, and academic domains. His current research is in computational approaches to extracting and understanding narrative. Dan received a B.S. in Physics--with minors in Mathematics and Astronomy--from James Madison University in 2010.


Simpson photo Sean Simpson

Concentration: Socioinguistics

Sean joined the Ph.D. program in Sociolinguistics in 2013. His research interests include language revitalization, language shift, sociophonetics, sociolinguistic variation, and language and identity. He is particularly interested in examining issues of language endangerment and obsolescence from a sociolinguistic perspective. Prior to studying at Georgetown, Sean received an M.A. in linguistics from the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa focusing on language documentation and conservation. Before his time in Hawai‘i, Sean received a B.A. in linguistics and anthropology from the University of Florida.


Son_Young-AYoung-A Son

Concentration: Applied Linguistics

Young A joined the Ph.D. program in Fall 2013 in the Applied Linguistics concentration. Her research interests include second language acquisition and language testing with particular interest in speaking assessment. She conducted her M.A. thesis on Paired Speaking Assessment and is particularly interested in the design of scoring rubrics and rater training. She taught English Speaking courses to university students for two years. She received an M.A. in English Linguistics and a B.A. in English Language and Literature in Seoul National University.


Edvan BritoSakol Seuthanapornkul

Concentration: Applied Linguistics

Sakol joined the Ph.D. program in 2014. Before coming to Georgetown, Sakol was an English instructor at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, Thailand for 4 years. He taught a wide variety of English courses to undergraduates in many programs (e.g., Architecture, Dentistry, and Pharmaceutical Sciences). His research interests are Second Language Acquisition (SLA), L2 construction learning, and statistical and embodied language learning. He has presented his work at major conferences in Applied Linguistics (AAAL, AILA, and SLRF) and published the research he co-authored with Dr. Daniel Jackson in Language Learning. His work was also published in the SLRF 2012 Proceedings. He received his Bachelor of Education (first-class honor) from Chulalongkorn University and received the Fulbright Scholarship to complete his MA in Second Language Studies at the University of Hawaii.​


Grace Catherine SullivanGrace Catherine Sullivan

Concentration: General Linguistics
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Grace joined the Ph.D. program in the Fall of 2012. As an undergraduate at Northeastern University, she studied Theoretical Linguistics and pursued her interest in Syntax. During her time at Northeastern as well as after graduation, Grace traveled to New Zealand to study the Maori language and expand her research to include language policy and planning. Grace's research interests include syntactic variation, language policy, and forensic linguistics. She received her B.A. from Northeastern University in 2011.


Brett SuttonBrett Sutton

Concentration: Theoretical Linguistics

Brett came to Georgetown in 2010. His research is focused on case morphology acquisition, especially as it relates to pronouns and reference. Estonian, Finnish, and Hungarian are of particular interest, as well as other particularly "case-full" languages. He received undergraduate degrees in business and Spanish literature from Boston University. When not highlighting PDFs he insists on printing out even though it's the twenty-first century, Brett does crosswords, rides bicycles, and buys records.


Edvan BritoYasser Teimouri

Concentration: Applied Linguistics

Yasser joined the Ph.D. program in applied Linguistics in 2014. His areas of interest include individual differences, especially L2 motivation, interactionist approach, and socio-cultural aspects of second language learning. He is currently involved doing research on exploring the interrelationships between language learners’ motivational orientations, emotional experiences, and motivated behavior. More importantly, he is attempting to establish a link between learners’ cognitive and attentional processes and their motivational systems within the process of L2 learning, an area of investigation that has been neglected in SLA research for a long time. 


Thorson_RachelRachel Thorson Hernández

Concentration: Theoretical Linguistics

Rachel joined the Ph.D. program in 2013. Prior to coming to Georgetown, she received an M.S. in Theoretical Linguistics from the Universidad Autónoma de Querétaro, Mexico and a B.A. in Spanish and French Literature from the University of Virginia. While working towards the completion of her M.S., Rachel researched the acquisition of English phrasal verbs by Spanish speakers, and the perception and production of English tense-lax vowels by native speakers of Spanish and Korean. Rachel is interested in acoustic phonetics, prosody, second language acquisition, socially constructed identity, and bilingual lexicography (and cheese).


Tullock_BrandonBrandon Tullock

Concentration: Applied Linguistics

Brandon came the PhD program in 2013 with a MA in Applied Linguistics from the Universitat de Barcelona and a BA in German from Belmont University in Nashville, TN. His research interests include multilingualism, study abroad, and L2 writing. Before coming to Georgetown, he spent a total of 4 years teaching EFL in Austria and Spain and speaks German, Catalan, and Spanish.


Mariko UnoMariko Uno

Concentration: Applied Linguistics

Mariko received a Bachelor's in Education at Kagawa University, and a Master's in Education at Hiroshima University in Japan. She also received an M.A. in Cognitive Linguistics at Bangor University in North Wales, the UK. Her research interests mainly lie in the first and second language acquisition of tense-aspect morphology. She is also interested in cross-linguistic differences in spatial expressions.
 


Mariko UnoMark Visona

Concentration: Sociolinguistics

Mark joined the PhD program in 2015 after spending six years in the Middle East pursuing graduate studies in journalism and mass communication, then paying off those graduate studies. Previous research pursuits include the phenomenon of agenda-setting on Facebook users in Egypt and the use of poetic slogans in propagating revolutionary ideals. His current research interests include social media and student discourse, intertextuality, translation studies, and Forensic linguistics.


Wegner_JeremyJeremy Wegner

Concentration: General Linguistics

Jeremy Wegner entered the Ph.D. program in General Linguistics in 2013. His interests include metrical phonology, information structure, frame analysis, and stance-taking in discourse. In broader terms, Jeremy is concerned with language evolution, language contact, and cross-cultural communication. Prior to joining the program, he studied Linguistics and Linguistic Anthropology at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, specializing in the structure and poetics of Athabascan folklore.


Edvan BritoLindley Winchester

Concentration: Theoretical Linguistics

Lindley joined the Ph.D. program in 2014. Her research focuses on both theoretical and computational approaches to studying the morphology and syntax of Semitic languages. Prior to coming to Georgetown, her research centered around Arabic and the broken plural construction. She received her B.A. and M.A. in Linguistics from the University of Kentucky.  


Sarah Christine YoungYiran Xu

Concentration: Applied Linguistics

Yiran joined the Ph.D. program in Applied Linguistics in 2015. Her general research interests include adult second language acquisition (SLA), instructed SLA, usage-based linguistics, and psycholinguistics. Prior to arriving at Georgetown, Yiran worked in the Language Learning Lab at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, where she assisted conducting research on explicit instruction and learned attentional biases. Her M.A. research at Michigan investigated the effects of concurrent verbalization in L1 and L2 upon learners’ cognition. She hopes her research interests and efforts will position her as a boundary crosser, striving to bridge the cognitive-social and research-practice gaps in this discipline.           


Edvan BritoAkitaka Yamada

Concentration: Theoretical Linguistics

Akitaka joined the Linguistics Department in 2014 soon after receiving an M.A. from the University of Tokyo. His recent work centers around the quantitative description and the qualitative generalization of the conditional clauses: applying multivariate analyses and Bayesian statistics to corpus data, and comparing several formal and functional theories on this issue. Appreciated for his attempts to synthesize the functional and theoretical paradigms, he is granted Fulbright scholarship in 2014 for his graduate study. Aside from his own study, he works as a teaching assistant of a Japanese class in East Asian Languages and Cultures, making every effort to make the class full of laughter with improvement.


Shuo ZhangShuo Zhang

Concentration: General Linguistics
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Shuo Zhang is a PhD candidate (General concentration) focusing on computational and theoretical linguistics at Georgetown, where he is currently a RA/Java developer for ANNIS web application (supervisor: Amir Zeldes). His current research addresses time-series data mining in speech prosody (corpus based). Shuo also works on NLP-related topics in music information retrieval (MIR), being a long-term researcher/collaborator for the Music Technology Group, Universitat Pompeu Fabra (Spain). Shuo holds a M.S from Georgetown Linguistics Department, a M.A from Pitt Music Department, and a B.S from the College of Env. Sci&Engineering, Peking University.