Current Students

Akiyama_YukaYuka Akiyama

Concentration: Applied Linguistics
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Yuka joined the Ph.D. program in Applied Linguistics in 2013. Before coming to Georgetown, she taught Japanese at universities in America and coordinated language exchange projects between Japan and the U.S. Her research interests include eTandem language learning, technology-enhanced TBLT (task-based language teaching), interactional feedback, and assessment. She holds an Ed.M. in TESOL from Boston University and a B.A. in linguistics from International Christian University, Tokyo..


Fathiya Al RashdiFathiya Al Rashdi

Concentration: Sociolinguistics
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Fathiya joined the Ph.D. program in the Department of Linguistics at Georgetown University in 2010. Her areas of interest are discourse analysis, intertextuality, and identity construction in new media discourse. She received her B.A. and M.A. in Applied Linguistics from Oman and Canada respectively. Prior to coming to Georgetown, she taught English as a foreign language at Sultan Qaboos University, Oman..


AlShakhori_MohammedMohammed AlShakhori

Concentration: Sociolinguistics
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Mohammed joined the Ph.D. program in Fall 2010. He earned his Bachelor's degree in applied linguistics and a Master's degree in Linguistics. His program concentration is sociolinguistics and his study interests are media and social change, discourse analysis, and identity construction. He loves cooking, soccer, tennis, and photography.


Luke Wander AmorosoLuke Wander Amoroso

Concentration: General Linguistics
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Luke specializes in measurement and assessment, combining traditional Applied Linguistics with educational measurement techniques. He has several years of full-time ESL/EFL teaching experience, both in the U.S. and abroad. He has worked as an independent contractor for Rosetta Stone Ltd. as well as the Center for Applied Linguistics and is currently a contract language testing specialist with the Department of Justice.


Annan_MinnieMinnie Annan

Concentration: Sociolinguistics
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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 BaffyMarta Lilla Baffy

Concentration: Sociolinguistics
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Marta joined the Graduate Program in 2011. Prior to coming to Georgetown, she received an M.A. in Applied Linguistics at Teachers College, Columbia University and a law degree at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law. Since 2004, Marta has been teaching English as a Second Language, both overseas and in the United States. Her research interests lie at the intersection of language, teaching, and the law, and more specifically, how American students and foreign-educated attorneys are socialized into the legal profession in the United States. She received a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst. 


Edvan BritoEdvan P. Brito

Concentration: Sociolinguistics
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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 has 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. Currently, he is working as a visiting instructor in Portuguese and Spanish at Dickinson College. 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
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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 major areas of interest are second language acquisition and second language education. She is specifically interested in interactional and corrective feedback as well as second language literacy and assessment.


Tracy CanfieldTracy Aileen Canfield

Concentration: Computational Linguistics
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Tracy Canfield is a computational linguist with M.A.s in French Linguistics as well as Computational Linguistics. She specializes in machine translation and computational phonology, with a particular focus in formalisms that illuminate patterns in natural language. She's also interested in the popular perception of linguistics, especially as reflected in science fiction, and has given numerous presentations on linguistic topics at science museums and science fiction conventions.


Goeun ChaeGo-Eun Chae

Concentration: Theoretical Linguistics
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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.


Yanyan CuiYanyan Cui

Concentration: Theoretical Linguistics
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Yanyan’s current research centers on semantics and its interface with syntax and pragmatics, supplemented by a secondary interest in computational linguistics. Her dissertation, Modals in the Scope of Attitudes—a Corpus Study of Chinese Modal Expressions, is a combination of interests. She majored in journalism as an undergraduate, and had intensive training in historical Chinese linguistics for her master's degree in China. Her research plan includes the study of language use in Chinese social media, especially the expression of opinions and attitudes.


Colleen R DiamondColleen R Diamond

Concentration: Theoretical Linguistics
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Colleen joined the Ph.D. program in Theoretical Linguistics in 2012. Prior to coming to Georgetown, she studied German Linguistics at Universität Passau in Bavaria, Germany as a Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst (DAAD) Undergraduate Scholar and worked as a DAAD Young Ambassador, promoting and facilitating study in Germany. Colleen received a B.A. in German and French from the University of South Alabama. She has worked as an NCLRC intern at the Center for Applied Linguistics and has studied Kazakh at the Central Eurasian Studies Summer Institute at UW-Madison as a FLAS recipient. Her research interests center around the morphosyntax of Turkic languages, currently focusing on issues surrounding possessor agreement in Turkish and Kazakh


Caitlin ElizondoCaitlin Elizondo

Concentration: Sociolinguistics
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Caitlin joined the Ph.D. program in 2012. Before coming to Georgetown, her previous research work included studying young refugees in Sweden, and examining the use of non-standard orthography in text messages across different age groups. Her current research interests include forensic linguistics, language change, and language and gender. She received her B.A. in Linguistics from Swarthmore College, with a minor in Psychology from Haverford College.


Gertzog_JamesJames Gertzog

Concentration: Sociolinguistics
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Jimmy joined the PhD program in 2013 following completion of an M.S. at Georgetown. Prior to this he worked for many years for the US Army, and he pursues a graduate degree with an eye towards applying linguistics to solve public sector challenges. His research interests include conversational analytic approaches to talk and embodied interaction, perception-based studies of language attitudes, and Forensic linguistics. His recent work has examined courtroom discourse, sexual assault crimes in military courts-martial, language use in the military broadly, and online/digital communities of practice.


Getz_HeidiHeidi Getz

Concentration: General Linguistics
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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.


Daniel GinsbergDaniel Ginsberg

Concentration: Sociolinguistics
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Daniel joined the Department of Linguistics in 2010. His research uses ethnography, discourse analysis, and computational modeling to investigate the linguistic structure and social function of discourse genres, focusing primarily on the language of the mathematics classroom. Before coming to Georgetown, he worked as a language test developer at the Center for Applied Linguistics, a public high school ESL teacher in greater Boston, and an English Language Fellow in Kragujevac, Serbia. He has an M.A. in TESOL from the School for International Training and a B.A. in comparative literature from Brandeis University.


Jessica GrieserJessica Grieser

Concentration: Sociolinguistics
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Jessi's research focuses on the multiplicity of African American identities through the lens of African American English, particularly as those identities and language practices coincide with ideologies of place and class. Her dissertation, which is part of the Language and Communication in Washington, D.C. (LCDC) project, examines the shifting place and race identities in a rapidly gentrifying neighborhood in southeast Washington D.C. Her other research interests include identity practice on the internet, especially in relation to argument. She received her B.A. in English Language from the University of Michigan.


Hillary J HarnerHillary J Harner

Concentration: Theoretical Linguistics
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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
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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.


Dana HunterDana Hunter

Concentration: Theoretical Linguistics
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Dana joined the Ph.D. program in 2009 to study syntax and morphology. Research areas of interest include case and agreement, Binding Theory, passives and impersonals, and the Finno-Ugric languages. She received her B.A. in German and linguistics from the University of Minnesota.


Md. Jahurul Islam

Concentration: Theoretical Linguistics
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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
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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 KajinoSakiko Kajino

Concentration: Sociolinguistics
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Sakiko’s research centers on sociolinguistic variation and construction of gender and sexuality in Japanese. She is particularly interested in social meanings of phonetics, and her dissertation investigates regional variation of Japanese female speech in the domains of fricatives, voice quality, and intonation. Other projects she is working on collaboratively include examination of indexical field of non-pronominal self-reference among young Japanese females, voice quality of porn actresses, the use of discourse markers by less masculine Japanese men, and stylization of staged comedic performances of the Osakan Auntie character type.


Jimin KimJimin Kim

Concentration: Theoretical Linguistics
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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.


Stephanie Eleanor KramerStephanie Eleanor Kramer

Concentration: General Linguistics
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Stephanie is curious to know what is actually going on in our brains when we learn a new language, how we do it, and what models best represent the process. At the same time, theoretical questions about linguistic typology and the morphosyntax of case marking hold a special place in her heart. Practically, she is interested in creating technological tools to facilitate language learning. Stephanie earned her B.A. in Language Studies at the University of California, Santa Cruz, where she focused her efforts on French and theoretical syntax. Language areas of interest include French, Serbo-Croatian, signed languages and split-ergative languages.


Joshua Aaron KrautJoshua Aaron Kraut

Concentration: Sociolinguistics
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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
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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.


Eunji LeeEunji Lee

Concentration: General Linguistics
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Eunji joined the Ph.D program in 2008. Eunji’s research interests include second language acquisition, morphology, syntax, and Korean & Indonesian number systems. Prior to coming to Georgetown, she received her M.A. in Syntax at Ewha W. University, Korea. She presented a paper entitled L1 transfer effects on the Indonesian anaphor dirinya at the American Association for Applied Linguistics in 2010.


Jinsok LeeJinsok Lee

Concentration: Sociolinguistics
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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 the interaction of host culture (or context) with EFL programs, the gap between language policy and program objectives and in-class implementations, and the influences of teaching and learning histories.  Prior to coming to Georgetown, Todd was a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant in Bangladesh and was the resident director for the Bangla Critical Language Scholarship Program.  In his free time, he enjoys running and “urban spelunking” (walking around).


Mooney_ShannonShannon Mooney

Concentration: Sociolinguistics
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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.


Anastasia MozgalinaAnastasia Mozgalina

Concentration: Applied Linguistics
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Anastasia joined the Ph.D. program in 2012. After completing her Master’s in Applied Linguistics at Ruhr University in Bochum, Germany, she taught English, Russian and German and worked as a research assistant on projects including the development of tandem courses and materials. Her research currently revolves around conditions that enhance second language task motivation and task engagement. Her broad interests center on task-based language learning and teaching, program evaluation, and foreign language assessment. She received her B.A. in English and German from the Volgograd State Pedagogical University in Russia.


Bokyung MunBokyung Mun

Concentration: Theoretical Linguistics
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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.


Haein Lauren ParkHaein Lauren Park

Concentration: Applied Linguistics
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Lauren joined the Linguistics program in 2010. Prior to coming to Georgetown, she was a lecturer in the General English Education Program at Sogang University, Korea. Her current research interests include cross-linguistic influence (both at the conceptual and linguistic levels), bilingualism and cognition, and psycholinguistics (lexical and morphosyntactic processing). She received her B.A. in English literature and language from Kyung Hee University, Korea, and her M.A. in Applied Linguistics from Columbia University.


Stacy Jennifer PetersenStacy Jennifer Petersen

Concentration: Theoretical Linguistics
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Stacy’s research interests are centered around phonetics, phonology, and speech perception. Some of her projects include work on phonological processes in Modern Hebrew and Faroese. She is also interested in working on vowel space and representation of diphthong trajectories in Faroese. 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.


Pettit_KelseyKelsey Pettit

Concentration: Theoretical Linguistics
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Kelsey joined the Ph.D. program in Theoretical Linguistics in 2013. Her primary focus is on Historical Linguistics, with a sub-focus on phonological mergers and historical sociolinguistics. Before coming to Georgetown, her previous work focused on mergers, near-mergers, and ‘unmergers’ from Early Modern English onward, as well as examining when women might have become linguistic innovators in Late Modern English. Prior to coming to Georgetown she graduated Magna Cum Laude with a B.A. in Linguistics and French minor from the University of Texas at Arlington.


Pipes_AshleighAshleigh Pipes

Concentration: Applied Linguistics
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Ashleigh joined the Ph.D. program in Fall 2013. Ashleigh 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. She is currently interested in use of native materials in advanced language learning and individual learning preferences and aptitudes. Prior to returning to Georgetown, Ashleigh held various marketing positions in the US and Japan and also studied Korean at the Defense Language Institute in Monterey, California.


Stephanie Lynn PoissonStephanie Lynn Poisson

Concentration: Computational Linguistics
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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 L. PriceMackenzie L. Price

Concentration: Sociolinguistics
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Mackenzie began her career at Georgetown in 2010. She holds a B.A in Linguistics from Stanford University and an M.A in Linguistics from the University of California, Davis. Her research concerns the function of discourse in creating and maintaining communities (based on ethnicity, geography, or other dimensions of identity), and includes narrative analysis, variation in discourse, and Institutional Ethnography.


Raspayeva_AisuluAisulu Raspayeva

Concentration: Sociolinguistics
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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.


Katherine (Kate) Jo RiestenbergKate Riestenberg

Concentration: General Linguistics
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Kate's major areas of interest are second language acquisition and bilingualism, phonology, morphology, and Zapotec languages. Her recent work has investigated the use of alienability and animacy features in Acholi and Ugandan English, implicit learning of form meaning connections by adult learners, and cross-linguistic influence in additional language learning. She is currently working on a description of the morphophonology of Guadalupe Guevea Zapotec and a project investigating the use of task-based methods in teaching Zapotec to heritage learners. Prior to coming to Georgetown, Kate worked as a research assistant in language testing at the Center for Applied Linguistics. She also has experience teaching English as a foreign language. Kate holds a B.A. in Hispanic Linguistics from The Ohio State University.


Morgan RoodMorgan Rood

Concentration: Theoretical Linguistics
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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
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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
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Mari [maɾi] 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.


Shoko SasayamaShoko Sasayama

Concentration: Applied Linguistics
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Shoko joined the Department of Linguistics in 2012 and holds an M.A. in TESOL from Sophia University, Japan. Her academic interests include second language acquisition, language pedagogy, and Task-Based Language Teaching (TBLT). Currently, she works at Georgetown as a linguistics research assistant and as a teaching assistant for Japanese classes. Prior to moving to Georgetown, she was a Fulbright scholar at the University of Hawaii. She has also taught English to learners of various age groups in Japan. Her recent research focuses on one of the under-researched areas in TBLT: measuring cognitive task complexity independently of linguistic task performance.


Laura SiebeckerLaura Siebecker

Concentration: Theoretical Linguistics
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Laura joined the Linguistics Department in 2009 after receiving a B.A. from the University of Vermont in French and Political Science. She received an M.S. in Linguistics from Georgetown in 2011. Laura's research takes a generativist approach to first and second language acquisition; she is particularly interested in the acquisition of case and agreement. Although her much of work has been on French and German, her dissertation examines the acquisition of the finite auxiliary verb(s) in Basque.


Sylvia Antonina SierraSylvia Antonina Sierra

Concentration: Sociolinguistics
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Sylvia joined the Department of Linguistics 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 sociolinguistics, discourse analysis, language and identity, variation, and Spanish linguistics. She received her B.A. in linguistics and Spanish and her M.Ed. with endorsement in Teaching English as a Second Language at the University of Mary Washington.


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. Prior to joining, Dan was a Planetarium Intern and undergraduate Research Assistant. His research interests lie in modality, information extraction, and word sense disambiguation. He received a B.S. in Physics--with minors in Mathematics and Astronomy--from James Madison University.


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Concentration: Socioinguistics
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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 Mānoa 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

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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.


Yoonsang SongYoonsang Song

Concentration: General Linguistics
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Yoonsang joined the Ph.D. program in 2010. His primary research interests include second language (L2) acquisition of morphology and syntax and L2 sentence processing. He is a native speaker of Korean, and spent most of his life in Korea. Prior to studying linguistics, he worked for a couple of companies as a project manager. He received his B.A. in Business Administration from Seoul National University and his M.A. in Linguistics from the University of Hawai‘i at MÄnoa.


Edvan BritoSakol Seuthanapornkul

Concentration: Applied Linguistics
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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
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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.


Kaitlyn Marie TagarelliKaitlyn Marie Tagarelli

Concentration: Applied Linguistics
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Kaitlyn joined the Ph.D. program in 2008, focusing on the neurocognition of second language (L2) acquisition. Kaitlyn’s dissertation investigates the course of L2 acquisition by training learners on Mini-Basque while obtaining continuous behavioral and neural (fMRI) measures. Other research interests include the interaction between individual differences and learning conditions in predicting L2 learning outcomes, as well as language and identity in second dialect acquisition. Kaitlyn earned a B.S. in Neuroscience and French from Union College in 2007 and an M.S. in Applied Linguistics from Georgetown in 2010. Before coming to Georgetown, she taught English in a primary school in France.


Edvan BritoYasser Teimouri

Concentration: Applied Linguistics
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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 Hernández Thorson

Concentration: Theoretical Linguistics
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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, using a theoretical framework firmly grounded in semantics. Rachel’s interests lie primarily in the areas of semantics, phonology, acoustic phonetics, prosody and the indigenous languages of Mexico.


Amelia TsengAmelia Tseng

Concentration: Sociolinguistics
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Amelia joined the Department of Linguistics in 2009. Her primary research focus is the sociolinguistics of language contact and (im)migration, specifically language and identity practices. Her research approach integrates sociolinguistic variation analysis, sociophonetics, and discourse analytic methodology. Amelia’s dissertation project, for which she was awarded an NSF DDRIG grant, addresses style, emergent dialect development, and Latino identity in Washington, D.C. She has published on code-switching and bilingual radio. She holds an M.S. in Linguistics from Georgetown University (2011), an M.A. in Spanish from Arizona State University (2009), and a B.A. in English Honors and Spanish from Wellesley College (2002). 


Tullock_BrandonBrandon Tullock

Concentration: Applied Linguistics
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Brandon joined the Ph.D. program in 2013. His research interests include multilingualism, L2 writing, and immersion and CLIL programs. He received a B.A. in German from Belmont University in Nashville, TN and a M.A. in Applied Linguistics from the Universitat de Barcelona. Before coming to Georgetown, he spent several years teaching EFL in Austria and Spain and speaks German, Catalan and Spanish.


Mariko UnoMariko Uno

Concentration: Applied Linguistics
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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.


Edvan BritoAnne-Marie Waddell

Concentration: Sociolinguistics
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Anne-Marie joined the Sociolinguistics PhD program in 2014. Her research interests include the cultural impact of language in the legal profession and in enforcing the law. Before coming to Georgetown, she earned a master's degree from the University of Utah in intercultural communication, emphasizing ethnography and culture studies, and a JD from Georgetown U Law Center emphasizing international law and mediation, thus continuously seeking a deeper understanding of how to use language and linguistics to understand individuals and societies.


Wegner_JeremyJeremy Wegner

Concentration: General Linguistics
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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.


Laura Elizabeth WestLaura Elizabeth West

Concentration: Sociolinguistics
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Laura is writing her dissertation, which examines discourse on Facebook. In addition to her research on social media, she has been involved in the Talking Business project led by Dr. Anna Marie Trester, an ethnographic study of institutional discourse in Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business. In 2013, Laura published a chapter in Discourse 2.0 (with Dr. Trester) and published part of her dissertation work as an article in the journal Discourse, Context & Media. She received a B.A. in linguistics from the University of Virginia and an M.S. in sociolinguistics from Georgetown University. She currently lives in New York. 


Edvan BritoLindley Winchester

Concentration: Theoretical Linguistics
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ELindley 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 graduated summa cum laude with a B.A. in Linguistics and Islamic studies minor and received her M.A. in Linguistic Theory and Typology from the University of Kentucky. 


Sarah Christine YoungSarah Christine Young

Concentration: Applied Linguistics
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Since joining the Department of Linguistics in 2010, Sarah has focused on adult second language acquisition, language teaching methods, and meaning-based approaches to documenting and describing language use. She currently studies the connection between native language literacy and second language proficiency for adults, and is interested in developing teaching methods appropriate for adult learners with limited educational backgrounds. She holds a B.A. in French and Spanish Education from Illinois State University and an M.A. in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) from the Monterey Institute of International Studies.


Edvan BritoAkitaka Yamada

Concentration: Theoretical Linguistics
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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: Theoretical Linguistics
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Shuo Zhang is a PhD candidate at Georgetown Linguistics. His research interest is computational modeling / machine learning of tone perception / production in speech prosody, auditory perception in speech / music, with collaborative works in music information retrieval (MIR) - time series data mining. Shuo received his B.S from the College of Environmental Engineering, Peking University, and his M.A from the Dept of Music, University of Pittsburgh. He is a long-term collaborator and full-time summer researcher at MusicTechnology Group, Universitat Pompeu Fabra (Barcelona).