Amelia Barnard

Volunteer

abarnar1emich.edu


Hello! I'm so excited to be a part of this team! I get my own desk!

I enjoy languages and have always been interested in learning about them. I hope to one day become multilingual and fluent in English, Spanish, French, Italian, and perhaps Russian.

The time that English Linguistics began to interest me was during my senior year of high school. My humanities literature teacher was explaining where the words "angel" and "disease" come from and I found myself furiously taking notes. Afterward I discussed with him other words and their origins. When I confessed that I hadn't chosen my college major yet, he said, "Don't worry about that too much, but if you like etymology then you should check out linguistics." Once enrolled at EMU I attended a linguistics class, then another, and bought books to read outside of school, and the topic has never failed to capture my interest.

I am interested in the morphology of English, especially that involving the Vikings and other Scandinavian tribes of the same period. With Geography as my minor, I hope to research the migratory paths of Germanic tribes and see who interacted with whom, when and where they lived, and who lives there now. I like maps very much. When I travel with others, I'm the map person.

When I'm not studying or working, I play soccer, read, write, draw, and pass time with friends.