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Lorenzo García-Amaya

Lorenzo is an Assistant Professor of Hispanic Linguistics, working primarily in the fields of Second Language Acquisition, Psycholinguistics and Sociophonetics. His research focuses on the development of fluency and cognitive abilities by second-language learners and how factors such as cognition, syntactic complexity, and word order affect second-language speech development. He is the 2020 winner of Michigan's Golden Apple Award.


Nicholas Henriksen

Nick is an Associate Professor of Hispanic Linguistics, and currently serves as the Associate Chair in the Department of Romance Languages & Literatures. His research areas include laboratory phonology, experimental phonetics and sociophonetics, focusing on Andalusian and Argentinian Spanish. He is the Principal Investigator of the "From Africa to Patagonia: Voices of Displacement" Humanities Collaboratory project.


Andries Coetzee

Andries is a Professor of Linguistics, Director of the African Studies Center, and Senior Advisor for Africa to the Provost. He is also editor of Language, flagship journal of the Linguistic Society of America, and an honorary professor at the North-West University, his South African alma mater. His research areas include theoretical phonology, the time course of the production and perception of coarticulation, and Afrikaans sociophonetics.


Ashley Carroll

Ashley is graduating in 2021 with a Bachelor's of Science in Computer Science and Spanish. She will also be graduating from an Accelerated Master's Degree program for Bioinformatics in 2022. She works on maintaining and creating the various websites affiliated with the lab.


Matthew Chang

Matthew is graduating in 2023 with a degree in Biomedical Engineering. In the lab, he works on linguistic analysis of the fluency of speakers in their second language following a study abroad program.


Jessica Czapla

Jessica Czapla is graduating in 2022 with a degree in MCDB (Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology) and Spanish. In the future, they plan to attend medical school in order to become an oncologist. In the lab, Jessica works on studying the perceptions of speaker origin and social characteristics of three varieties of Iberian Spanish.


Natalie Dakki

Natalie graduated in 2020 with a degree in Spanish and Biomolecular Science. In the future, she hopes to attend medical school. In the lab, Natalie studies linguistic profiling of Andalusian Spanish.


Mara Estrict

Mara is graduating in 2024 with a prospective degree in Biopsychology, Cognition & Neuroscience and minor in Spanish. In the future, she plans to attend medical school in order to become a Child & Adolescent psychiatrist.


Micha Fischer

Micha Fischer is a fifth-year PhD student in the statistical emphasis of the Michigan Program in Survey Methodology. In his dissertation, Micha evaluates a new method for imputation of missing data in high-dimensional data sets. Within the Collaboratory, Micha collaborates with Lorenzo, Nick, and Brady to provide statistically-sound analyses and data visualization of all empirical findings.


Lauren Fuller

Lauren is double majoring in Spanish and English, and plans to graduate in May 2022. She plans to go to graduate school for a master´s degree in Linguistics. In the lab, Lauren works on the León Fluency Project.


Amber Galvano

Amber is graduating in Fall 2020 with a BA in Spanish and Cognitive Science and a BMA in Vocal Performance. In the future, she plans to pursue a graduate degree in Linguistics and continue making music. In the lab, Amber is working on a study of post-aspiration in Andalusian Spanish, which is the subject of her honors thesis.


Claudia Gonciulea

Claudia is graduating in 2023 with degrees in Computer Science and Cognitive Science, and plans to work in Artificial Intelligence in the future. In the lab, Claudia helps create graphs for various projects in the lab and is currently creating a tutorial for people to learn how to program in R.


Katie Hall

Katie graduated in 2019 with degrees in both Spanish and Linguistics. In the future, she would like to continue her linguistic studies in graduate school. In the SPL, Katie helps analyze /kj/ glide in Afrikaans and Spanish bilingual speakers in Patagonia and aspiration after voiceless stops in Andalusian Spanish. She also works on the lab’s social media presence.


Yonghuan Hu

Yonghuan is graduating in 2023 with a degree in computer science (major) and linguistics (minor). In the future, he plans to attend grad school and work in the interdisciplinary areas of computer science and linguistics.


Ellie Johandes

Ellie is graduating in 2022 with a Masters in Biomedical Sciences and undergraduate degrees in Cellular and Developmental Biology and Spanish. In her free time, she enjoys reading, playing the guitar, and baking. In the lab, Ellie is a "Jack of all trades", working as a sociocultural analyst, editor, and curator of the Digital Archive.


Ally Johnson

Ally Johnson is graduating in 2022 with a triple degree in BCN, Spanish, and Linguistics. In the future, she plans on attending graduate school and continuing research! In the lab, Ally is working on the linguistic analysis of vowel pronunciation in Buenos Aires and Salamanca speakers. Ally enjoys snowboarding, walking her dog, and painting!


Elya Kaplan

Elya is graduating in 2023 and is currently undeclared. In the future she plans to continue pursuing language acquisition and to further explore cultural anthropology, Middle Eastern studies, and Women's and Gender studies. In the lab, Elya works on the linguistic analysis of Buenos Aires Spanish.


Kelly Kendro

Kelly is a U-M alumna ('19) with degrees in Cognitive Science and RLL. As an SPL research assistant, she currently works on lab publications, outreach, and administrative tasks, in addition to curating the STIRRS repository. She is also the coordinator of the UC San Diego Language and Development Lab.


Ellie Maly

Ellie Maly is graduating in 2021 with a BA in Psychology and Spanish. In the future, she plans to earn a Ph.D. in Clinical and/or Developmental Psychology. In the lab, Ellie works on a research project focused on linguistic profiling and accent discrimination in Andalusian Spanish.


Renata Martell

Renata is graduating in 2024 with a degree in International Studies and a minor in Political Science. She isn't quite sure what her plans are in the future, but she is looking forward to spend these next four years at Michigan figuring it out. In the lab Renata works on basic speech production research, and is looking forward to learning from all the members of the lab!


Maggie McConnell

Maggie McConnell is graduating in 2021 with a BFA in Art and Design. In the future she plans to work at an animation studio. In the lab Maggie is creating an animated video for the research project, "Africa to Patagonia: Voices of Displacement".


Chris Medina

Chris Medina is a second year student at Grand Rapids Community College double majoring in Applied Exercise Science & Public Health with a minor in Spanish. He plans on transferring to the University of Michigan this upcoming winter semester to join the graduating class of 2023.


Matthew Neubacher

Matthew is graduating in 2021 with a degree in Political Science and a minor in Latin American and Caribbean Studies. In the future, he plans to continue studying political science at a graduate school. In the lab, Matthew provides editorial assistance, works on the linguistic analysis of /ptk/, and contributes to the sociocultural analysis of Andalusian Spanish speakers.


Abby Olsen

Abby is a recent alumni of the Stamps School of Art and Design here at U of M, and graduated with her Bachelor's in Fine Arts. She works on the Spanish Phonetics animations for the lab's website. In her career as an artist, she plans to focus her work on sustainability and the environment, especially in the textile industry.

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Zoe Phillips

Zoe is graduating in 2021 with a B.A. in Spanish and minors in dance and American culture. In the future, she plans to pursue a career in dance writing along with graduate work in ballet history and philosophy. In the lab, Zoe works as an editor for the written portion's of SPL's various research.


Vidhya Premkumar

Vidhya is graduating in 2022 with a degree in Biopsychology, Cognition, and Neuroscience and Spanish. In the lab, Vidhya works on a research project focused on linguistic profiling and accent discrimination in Andalusian Spanish.


Aditi Priyadershi

Aditi is a junior in the College of LS&A double majoring in Biology, Health & Society and Spanish. In the future, she plans to apply to medical school and become a doctor. In the lab, Aditi heads the León Fluency Project and works on the data analysis tutorials for Spanish 418.


Imran Rashid

Imran is senior in the College of LSA studying Biochemistry with a minor in Spanish. In the lab, Imran works on research manuscript review to help get our papers ready for publication and studies language dominance in the Spanish-Afrikaans bilinguals of Patagonia, Argentina. In the future, Imran plans to attend medical school and help medically underserved communities.


Benancio Rodriguez

Benancio graduated in 2020 with a B.S. in Biochemistry and a Minor in Spanish. Currently, I am a graduate student at UCLA studying Molecular Biology and rotating in the Hoffmann Lab. During my time in the SPL, I worked on the /ptk/ Andalusian Spanish project throughout my senior year.


Alexandria Sheere

Alexandria is double majoring in Neuroscience and Spanish with a minor in Sociology of Health and Medicine, and she will be graduating in 2022. In the future she plans to go to medical school with the goal of becoming an oncologist. In the lab, Alexandria works on the Buenos Aires project.


Madrid Spain

Madrid is graduating in 2023 with a degree in Business Administration. In the future, she plans to be a Certified Public Accountant. In the lab Madrid works on the linguistic analysis of Buenos Aires speakers.


Juan Tampubolon

Horas! I'm Juan, from Indonesia. I am part of the class of 2022, majoring in computer science and linguistics through the college of LS&A. In the future, I have plans to go to grad school possibly in cognitive science. In the lab, I worked on the online repository project and currently working on the Spanish Pupillometry Project.


Annika Topelian

Annika graduated in 2020 with a BA in Spanish and Linguistics. She is now in her first year in the PhD program in Linguistics at the University of Hawaii at Mānoa. Annika currently works on the Daily Language Questionnaire 3.0 project. In the past she has also worked on the Pausing Study and on linguistic and sociocultural analysis for the From Africa to Patagonia Collaboratory.


Stepan Topouzian

Stepan is graduating in spring of 2022 with a dual degree in Business Administration and Spanish. He plans to be a successful leader by positively changing the world towards a brighter, cleaner, and innovative future. In the lab, Stepan works on the linguistic analysis of /ptkbdg/ and analyzes the sociocultural characteristics between Andalusia and Spain.


Samantha Tosa

Samantha Tosa graduated in Summer 2020 with a degree in International Studies and Spanish and a minor in Translation Studies. She is currently preparing to apply for medical school in the future. In the lab, Samantha has worked on various projects including the Captioning Study and the Pausing Study, and is now working on data analysis for the Daily Linguistic Questionnaire (DLQ).


Amelia Turco

Amelia is graduating in 2023 with a dual-degree in LSA Residential College Spanish and the School of Information. In the future, she hopes to work as a UX Designer for either an artistic or language-learning software. In her first year in the Speech Lab, Amelia works on linguistic and pronunciation analysis, website building and video production.


Claire Weil

Claire is graduating in 2021 with majors in International Studies, Spanish and Psychology and minors in Mathematics and Education. She plans to work in the field of education in the future, possibly becoming a math teacher. In the lab, Claire is currently working on the Buenos Aires project.


Tommy Wiaduck

Tommy Wiaduck is graduating in 2022 with a double major in Organizational Studies & Spanish. In the lab, Tommy has worked with Lorenzo collecting data from study abroad students and Nick working on perceptions of speaker origin and sociocultural characteristics Iberian Spanish varieties. After graduation, Tommy hopes to pursue his professional, personal, and creative interests abroad.


Coco

DOB: June 10, 2020

Adoption date: August 5, 2020

Some hobbies include climbing stairs, wagging her tail, receiving hugs, and chasing Toby around the house.


Toby

DOB: April 25, 2020

Adoption date: July 10, 2020

Some hobbies include standing on two feet, taking out the garbage, eating furniture, and growling at horses.

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We are always looking for driven undergraduate/graduate students and young professionals who are interested in working on a variety of projects within our lab. If you are interested in joining the team, click the button below.

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Any specific questions or concerns can be addressed to principal investigators Nick Henriksen and Lorenzo García-Amaya at nhenriks@umich.edu and lgarciaa@umich.edu. Upon applying you will be asked to come in for an interview. The best time to apply is the summer and the weeks leading up to the start of the semester.

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