I earned a Bachelor's degree in Linguistics with a minor in German from Wayne State University, and I became a Master's student and graduate assistant at Eastern Michigan University in Fall 2013. I mainly work on the MultiTree project, but I'm also part of the LL-MAP team and the Publications team. I love being immersed in linguistics while working at the LINGUIST List and gaining experience in language documentation and the technology that is involved.
In hindsight, majoring in Linguistics was inevitable for me. Linguistics has always been one of my passions, even when I didn't have a name for it. I remember discovering the Greek alphabet and Egyptian hieroglyphs and being fascinated by such things from a very young age. I even tried my hand at inventing my own codes and alphabets. I read anything I could find about language and ancient cultures. But I didn't find the formal field of linguistics until college. I had decided to major in English with the vague notion of becoming an editor or a technical writer. The English degree had a theory requirement, and Introduction to Linguistics was one of the options. I had enjoyed linguistics so much as a hobby, so I wanted to see if I liked it in a classroom setting. Of course, I absolutely loved it. When I found out I could become an editor with a Linguistics degree as well as an English degree, I switched majors immediately and the rest is history.
I have an insatiable curiosity about all things linguistic, so it is very difficult for me to narrow down my interests. But at the moment, my primary interests are historical linguistics, dialectology, sociolinguistics, syntax, Germanic linguistics, Celtic linguistics, and English linguistics. In addition to linguistics, I am interested in folklore and fairy tale studies and literature. I'm always in search of a good story to keep me entertained, which makes reading and watching movies some of my favorite pastimes in my freetime. I have an eclectic taste in genres; if the story is well-written, I'll give it a try. Some of my favorite genres are speculative fiction (fantasy, science fiction, horror, etc), and mysteries, to name a few.