Welcome: 2014 Graduate Students

2014 Graduate Class

Left to right: David King, Jordan Needle, Noah Diewald, Emily Dossey, Martha Austen, Alex Erdman, Nohyong Kim, Antonio Hernandez, Lifeng Jin


Martha Austen completed her BA in linguistics and Spanish at Cornell University. She wrote her senior thesis on the (ing) variable and g-dropping trends, which increased her interest in acoustic phonetics. She would like to explore the relationships between language use and regional, ethnic, and gender identities.

Noah Diewald has a BA in linguistics from University of Wisconsin. His goal is to work with functional computer languages and polysynthetic natural languages. His primary interest are morphology, syntax, and computational linguistics, as well as Native American languages and fieldwork. 

Ellen Dossey has an MA in sociolinguistics from the University of York. Her passion is the study of phonetic and phonological variation and change. Her previous research explored phonetic and phonological variation at the level of the individual. She would like to continue exploring different situations in which phonetic/phonological accommodation and imitation has taken place across regional dialects. 

Alex Erdmann has a BA in English and economics from Cornell University. He is interested in Indo-European linguistics and computational linguistics, and hopes to apply mathematical methods to analyzing historical texts.

Antonio Hernandez received his MA in linguistics from San Jose State University. His primary interest is historical linguistics. He is particularly interested in studying language change and evolution. He has experience with Latin, Greek and Quechua, and hopes to study Sanskrit. 

Lifeng Jin earned an MA in intercultural communication from the University of Sheffield. He has worked for Muuzii Technologies and Apabi, on projects relating to machine translation and Chinese ontology. He is interested in using computational analysis to study the acquisition and transmission of meaning. 

Nohyong Kim has an MA in English linguistics from Yonsei University, where his thesis work focused on speech perception and auditory cues among speakers of English and Korean. He intends to study the way that perception and phonology influence each other in terms of phonological change and acquisition. 

David King has received a BA in linguistics from the University of Kentucky. He has experience in Chinese, German, Arabic, Spanish and Sanskrit, and lived abroad in China for several years through the Peace Corps. He is interested in NLP information extraction (paraphrasing), discourse analysis, and phrase structure grammars that lend themselves to computation. 

Jordan Needle recently completed a BA in linguistics at Cornell University. He is interested in the intersection of pragmatics and semantics, and in using computational tools to confront those problems. He has worked on topics including anaphora resolution and properties of complex adjectives such as former and alleged