Welcome new graduate students!

We are pleased to announce that five new graduate students will be joining the department in the 2018-19 academic year.
Please join us in welcoming them!

  • José Armando Fernández Guerrero

    José Armando Fernández Guerrero

    Cornell University

    Having grown up in the multi-ethnic border-city of Tijuana, Mexico, the issue of language is close to home. I completed my majors in Anthropology and Linguistics at Cornell University, where I formed part of the College Scholar's Program and the Mellon-Mays Undergraduate Fellowship. My research interests include formal and descriptive linguistics, as well as linguistic anthropology and the social dynamics that exist in language revitalization programs. My undergraduate thesis in linguistics dealt with second-position clitics in Ch'ol (Mayan), looking at the semantic, syntactic, and phonological conditions for their attachment and order. Meanwhile, my thesis in anthropology explored the issues of hyper-valorization, self-authorship, and exclusion in a few Amerindian communities. I aim to develop both of these projects and to use them as inspiration for other endeavors. I decided to enroll at UCSD to continue bridging said interests, while I focus on the syntax and morphology of underrepresented languages of Mexico, as well as in local efforts for language maintenance. Though I aim to focus on indigenous Mexican languages, I have experience working with Armenian, Dutch, Haitian Creole and Amharic. I look forward to continue working on these passions closer to home under the classy San Diegan sun. I am open to questions regarding my research and my experience as a first-generation college student and immigrant.

  • Raymond Huaute

    Raymond Huaute

    University of Arizona

    My main research interests are in the areas of phonology, morphology, language fieldwork/documentation and language revitalization. I am also interested in language acquisition, sign language and multi-modal learning. My most recent research has focused on motivations for code-switching in endangered languages.

  • Seoyeon Jang

    Seoyeon Jang

    Sungkyunkwan University

    My current research interest lies in semantics and its interface with other fields such as syntax and pragmatics. I always wondered why people choose a specific structure or expression when they want to deliver a certain meaning and intention, and this led me to come to San Diego. Previously I have conducted some empirical research on Korean and English dative constructions, which are closely related to the meaning of the verbs. I wish to continue my investigation into the interrelation between language and meaning here at UCSD.

  • Nina Kaldhol

    Nina Kaldhol

    University of Oslo

    My main research interests are phonology and morphology, especially prosodic typology and tonal morphology. My master’s thesis is a study of the Somali language as spoken in Norway, and more specifically, how Norwegian words are tonally adapted when borrowed by Somali speakers. I am interested in combining careful linguistic description, experimental work and cross-linguistic psycholinguistics to achieve typologically informed and cognitively realistic accounts of language.

  • Maxine Van Doren

    Maxine Van Doren

    UC Los Angeles

    Boston University

    Prior to pursuing my doctorate in linguistics, I completed a Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology and practiced as a speech pathologist specializing in voice and upper airway disorders for five years. My research interests are in phonetics, specifically voice quality and how it varies. I am interested in understanding the relationship between laryngeal physiology, the acoustic signal, and voice perception. Additionally, I hope to apply this knowledge to clinical work in an effort to better understand the relationship between laryngeal pathology and perception of dysphonia.