Kaveh Varjoy

Former LINGUIST List Volunteer


Hello there! My name is Kaveh Varjoy and I am a summer intern here at LINGUIST List. I was born and raised in Southern California, and I loved every minute of it. However, even after just two days of being here at the time of writing this, I am enjoying Michigan immensely. When not at school or studying, I can be found playing with dogs or playing the piano. I am otherwise quite boring. To answer the undying “How many languages do you speak?” question that all linguistics major face:

I speak English, Persian, and American Sign Language natively, and I am proficient in Spanish. I can fake a few others when needed.

In the fall, I am going to be a senior at UC Santa Barbara. I am a Linguistics; Language, Culture, and Society; and Spanish triple major, and I may be adding Religious Studies to that because I just don't know any better. I am fascinated by linguistics in every way, and my goal is to become a field linguist. My main interests are based around language documentation, especially morphosyntax and language change, but I can't say no to a good sociocultural tryst either. I'm especially intrigued by the intersect between the two: form, identity, and sociocultural (in)justice/equality. Eventually I'd like to work on documenting American, African, and world sign languages.

This last year, I was also privileged enough to work with SKILLS, and I suggest that everyone read about the program!