Current Students

 


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.


Talal_ATalal Alharbi

Concentration: Sociolinguistics

Talal joined the Ph.D. program in 2018. Before coming to Georgetown, he received his M.A. in Linguistics from Ohio University and B.A. in English Language and Translation from the Northern Border University, Saudi Arabia. During his graduate studies, Talal worked as an instructor in the Arabic program at Ohio University. Talal’s research interests include language variation and change, and discourse analysis. He is particularly interested in exploring perception and evaluation of spoken language variation in Saudi Arabia as well as language use in constructing and displaying religious, gender, and tribal identities on social media platforms in the Saudi Arabian context.


Amani Aloufi

Concentration: Theoretical Linguistics


Hana Altalhi

Concentration: Theoretical Linguistics


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.


Bertille Baron

Concentration: Theoretical Linguistics


Maya BarzilaiMaya Barzilai

Concentration: General Linguistics
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Maya joined the Ph.D. program in 2015. Her research interests include phonetics, phonology, and their interface. She is also interested in morphophonology, with her current work focusing especially on the templatic systems of Semitic languages including Arabic, Hebrew, and Amharic. Maya received her B.A. in Linguistics with a minor in Arabic from Middlebury College


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.


Ryan Blair

Concentration: Applied Linguistics


blodgett_smallAustin Blodgett

Concentration: Computational Linguistics
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Austin joined the Ph.D. program in 2016. Austin's research interests include computational semantics, natural language processing, deep learning, and mathematical approaches to linguistics. His main area of research is in computational representations of lexical semantics. He received his B.S. with a double major in Computer Science and Linguistics from Emory University. Austin is a member of the NERT research lab.


Margaret Borowczyk

Concentration: Applied Linguistics


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 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.


Keith Cunningham

Concentration: General Linguistics


Jason D'Angelo

Concentration: Applied Linguistics


Felipe De Jesus

Concentration: Sociolinguistics


Helen D.Helen Dominic

Concentration: Sociolinguistics

Helen’s interests include language variation, discourse analysis, and critical theory. She is currently studying variation in the Tamil diasporic community and how that affects dialectical concepts of purity and pollution in language and society. Prior to joining the PhD program in 2018, Helen received her B.A. in Linguistics from the National University of Singapore.


Rima Elabdali

Concentration: General Linguistics


Jake Farrell

Concentration: Theoretical Linguistics


Lydia Felice

Concentration: Theoretical Linguistics


Luke G.Luke Gessler

Concentration: Computational Linguistics
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Luke's interests lie in computational and documentary linguistics. He is currently focused on using software and computational methods to develop more effective language documentation methodologies. Luke holds a B.A. in computer science and linguistics and worked as a software engineer for two years before joining the Ph.D. program in 2018.


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.


Alix Handshuh

Concentration: Theoretical Linguistics


Jon Havenhill Jonathan Havenhill

Concentration: Theoretical Linguistics
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Jon is a PhD candidate in Theoretical Linguistics, with research interests in phonetics, phonology, laboratory phonology, language variation and change, and sociophonetics. His work focuses on the nature of linguistic contrast as revealed through the study of articulation, speech perception, phonological learning, and variation. A central component of his research involves the use of ultrasound to investigate the articulatory patterns that underlie phonological contrasts, and how articulatory patterns vary between speakers. Prior to joining the PhD program in 2012, Jon received his B.A. in German and English from Grand Valley State University.


Didem Ikizoglu

Concentration: Sociolinguistics


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.


AriJARIanna Janoff

Concentration: Sociolinguistics

Ari's interests include identity construction, code switching, and linguistic activism. She hopes to dedicate her doctoral research to linguistic inequalities perpetuated against migrant, refugee, and asylum-seeking communities (although is still undecided between sociophonetic and interactional sociolinguistic research methodologies). Before joining Georgetown's PhD program in 2017, Ari received an MA in English Sociolinguistics from NC State University and a BA in Linguistics from Pitzer College. In her non-academic free time, she enjoys meditation, competitive ballroom dancing, and social deduction boardgames.


Hang Jiang

Concentration: Theoretical Linguistics


yoojin_kangYOOJIN KANG

Concentration: Sociolinguistics

Yoojin Kang joined the Ph.D. program in 2017. Prior to enrolling at Georgetown she worked as an associate researcher in the Korean Language and Culture Center, which is affiliated with the Korean Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, and previous work includes new dialect formation in industrial towns in Korea, second dialect acquisition by Seoul dialect speakers and perceptual dialectology of Gyeongsang province. She has participated in Dr. Nycz’s research group, and she is currently interested in how linguistic and social factors affect the acquisition of new dialect features.


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.


Jessica K.Jessica Kotfila

Concentration: Theoretical Linguistics

Jessica received her B.A. in Linguistics and Psychology from Smith College in 2018. Her primary research interests fall within psyscholingustics, historical linguistics, and child language acquisition. Her research has centered around the acquisition of complex syntax in children, mainly concerning wh-movement and recursion. Jessica's undergraduate thesis explored epistemic and deontic modals in the context of embedded adjunct questions in English, a line of research she plans to continue. Through her graduate studies, Jessica hopes to explore the interphase between syntax and semantics, as well as the relationship between language and the mind.


Steve KunathSteve Kunath

Concentration: Computational Linguistics

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


Brent Laing

Concentration: Sociolinguistics


Xue MaXue Ma (Snow)

Concentration: Applied Linguistics

Xue Ma joined Georgetown's Ph.D. program in Applied Linguistics in 2017 after finishing her work in the school's master's program. Her research focuses on second language acquisition, multilingualism, and task-based language teaching, particularly as it applies to Chinese-language pedagogy. Xue is an active practitioner, serving as an instructor with the State Department's Foreign Service Institute (FSI), where she applies her skills in Chinese language acquisition for non-native speakers. She has been helping language learners for eight years, previously working with Johns Hopkins University and in other roles at FSI. Xue holds a MS from Georgetown University and a BA from Nanjing University.


Katelyn MacDougald

Concentration: Sociolinguistics


Jordan M. Jordan MacKenzie

Concentration: Sociolinguistics

Jordan MacKenzie joined the PhD program in 2018 after one year as a lecturer in Swahili at the University of Florida. Jordan is interested in the phonetics/ phonology/ orthography interface, “documentary sociophonetics,” Kimakunduchi, Kidaw’ida, Cubañol, and remnants of African languages in the Americas, among other subjects. He has received fellowships to study French, Swahili, and Yorùbá, and completed a Fulbright research grant in Trinidad, studying tropical fruit nomenclature. Jordan holds an MA in Linguistics from the University of Florida and is the copy editor of the Yorùbá Studies Review.


James Maguire

Concentration: Theoretical Linguistics

James entered the PhD program in 2014. Prior to enrolling at Georgetown he completed a BA in linguistics from 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.


Emma Manning

Concentration: Computational Linguistics


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.


Christiana McGrady

Concentration: Theoretical Linguistics


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.


Minh NguyenMinh Nguyen

Concentration: Sociolinguistics

Minh joined the Ph.D. program 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 and queer communities, Minh focuses 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.


Madeleine OakleymADELEINE OAKLEY

Concentration: General Linguistics

Madeleine Oakley is a PhD candidate in General Linguistics. Her research interests include phonetics, phonology, second language acquisition, and the phonetics/phonology interface. She is interested in using acoustic and articulatory methods to investigate the acquisition of phonological contrasts. Her current projects use ultrasound tongue imaging to explore L2 phonological category formation. She is also interested in speech perception, and non-native tone perception. Madeleine joined the PhD program in 2015. She received her B.A. in Linguistics and French from The University of Texas at Austin, where she worked as a research assistant in the SoundLab.


Bernard O'Connor

Concentration: Theoretical Linguistics


Siyao Peng

Concentration: Computational Linguistics


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 primary interests are in phonological acquisition, speech perception, and the phonetics/phonology interface. Her current research looks at L2 allophonic acquisition, specifically examining perceptual assimilation to L1 phoneme categories and orthographic effects on implicit learning of allophones. 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.


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.


Derek_RDerek Reagan

Concentration: Applied Linguistics

Derek joined the Ph.D. program in 2018. His current research interests include but are not limited to second language acquisition, task-based language teaching and learning, and second language pragmatics. He previously studied at the University of Idaho where he received a B.A. in Spanish and English Literature and an M.A. in TESL. Prior to arrival at Georgetown, he completed a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship at the Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Norte in Natal, Brasil.


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.


AysenurSAyşenur Sağdıç

Concentration: Applied Linguistics

Ayşenur's​ ​primary research​ ​area is classroom-based adult second language acquisition with a particular emphasis on​ ​second language pragmatic​ ​development, instruction, and assessment.​ ​She holds a Bachelor’s in​ ​Foreign Language Education,​ ​a Master’s in TESL​ ​(Applied Linguistics focus), and a​ ​Cambridge​ ​ICELT certification.​ ​Ayşenur​ ​has several years of experience in teaching EFL​ ​and ESL learners​ ​for academic purposes at various language proficiency levels​ ​as well as in teaching English composition and writing skills to US undergraduates.


Bradford Salen

Concentration: General Linguistics


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.


Sasha Slone

Concentration: Theoretical Linguistics


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 Suethanapornkul

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.​


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).


Seyma T.Şeyma Toker

Concentration: Applied Linguistics

Şeyma joined the Ph.D. program in Applied Linguistics in 2018. She received an M.A. in TESL from Pennsylvania State University and a B.A. in ELT from Middle East Technical University. Her research interests include critical multilingualism, migration, identity and social justice in SLA. She is particularly interested in the language practices of marginalized multilinguals in migration contexts such as refugee populations. Prior to coming to Georgetown, Şeyma has worked as a language instructor at the university level for five years and taught several ESL, EAP and EFL courses at Penn State and Bilkent University.


Brandon TullockBrandon Tullock

Concentration: Applied Linguistics

Brandon joined the PhD program in 2013. He conducts research in the areas of second language acquisition and multilingualism, study abroad, and multiliteracies, and his work has appeared in System and Research on the Teaching of English. His dissertation work focuses on multilingual US-based study abroad participants learning Spanish in Catalonia. Brandon holds a BA in German from Belmont University in Nashville and an MA in Applied Linguistics from the Universitat de Barcelona. Before coming to Georgetown, he taught English in Austria and Barcelona for 2 and 4 years, respectively. He speaks German, Spanish, and Catalan.


Francesca Venezia

Concentration: Applied Linguistics


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.


Puzhen Wang

Concentration: Applied 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.  


Ezra Wyschogrod

Concentration: General Linguistics


Yiran Xu Yiran Xu

Concentration: Applied Linguistics

Yiran joined the Ph.D. program in 2015. Her research interests include adult second language acquisition in study abroad (SA) contexts, multilingualism, second language writing, language assessment and research methodology. Her current projects include a meta-analysis on language complexity development, a study on the dialectics between monolingualism and multilingualism in SA context through the lens of a language pledge, and a C-test on Mandarin Chinese for research purposes. Prior to joining the Department of Linguistics at Georgetown, Yiran worked at the Language Learning Lab at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She had also been an instructor of Mandarin Chinese at the Princeton in Beijing (PIB) summer program.  


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.