School of Interdisciplinary Studies Indigenous and Endangered Languages LabCollege of Liberal Arts


If you are interested in participating in our Research Internship for Undergraduate Students or in our Visiting Program for Members of Indigenous Communities, contact us.


Prof. Elena E. Benedicto, Ph.D.

Mayangna Project

Sign Language Project

Motion Predicate Project


Trish Morita-Mullaney                    Linguistic Ideologies
College of Education

International Collaborators


Prof. Chiara Branchini (Università Ca´Foscari - Venezia)
Dr. Lara Mantovan (Università Ca´Foscari - Venezia)

Prof. Gladys Tang (Chinese University of Hong Kong)

Guillermo González (UCR-Turrialba)
Freddy Obando Martinez (UCR-Turrialba)

Nicaragua (Mayangna Yulbarangyang Balna)

Elizabeth Salomón (URACCAN - Bilwi)

Demetrio Antolín

Modesta Dolores

Gloria Fendly

Tomasa Gómez


Nestor Hernandez-Green UNAM (Mexico City)

alejandra Capistran UAM-Iztapalapa

Gabriela García Salido UNAM (Mexico City)

Michael Knapp (INAH, Mexico City)

Antonio Victoria-Sebastián (CIESAS, Mexico)


Alicia Calderon Verde (CUJAE, La Habana, Cuba)

Graduate Students

Neda Taherkanhi (Fall 2015 - present) - Tati

Kwaku Osei-Tut (Fall 2015 - present) - Ghanaian Student Pidgin

Pin-Hsi Chen (Fall 2016 - present) - Taiwan Mandarin and Hakka

René Zúñiga Argüello (Fall 2017) - Limon Kryol

Khadeejah Alaslani (Fall 2017) - Fifi

Graduate Research Trainees

Multilingual Acquisition Project

Pin-Hsi Chen (Summer 2017 - present)

Carmen Octavio (Spring 2013 & 2016)

Heather Offerman (Spring & Fall 2013)

Kathryn Wadas (Fall 2013)

Daniela Marinho Ribeiro (Spring 2013)

Linguistic Ideologies Project

Nan Zhang 张楠 (Spring 2016-2017)

Undergraduate Research Trainees

Multilingual Acquisition ProjectMayangna ProjectMotion Predicates in Sign Languages ProjectKorean-English Bilingual Acquisition Project

*Wilke's Scholar, ⸸Dammon Scholar

Multilingual Acquisition Project

*Janel B Scissom (Spring 2017)

*Rebecca Woo (Spring 2017)

*Kaitlyn White (Spring 2017)

*Cassandra Salazar (Spring 2017)

Yaxuan Jiao (Spring 2017)

*Nida Khan (Fall 2016)

Megan Pentecost (Fall 2016)

Alejandra Durán (Fall 2016)

Matthew Ball (Fall 2016)

*Caelum Mroczek (Fall 2016)

*Erin McConkey (Spring 2017, Spring 2016, Spring 2015, Fall 2015)
Jennifer Hwang (Spring 2014, Fall 2014, Spring 2016, Spring 2015, Fall 2015, Spring 2016)

*Jiwu Lee (Spring 2015, Summer 2015, Fall 2015)

Miao Zhang (Fall 2015)

*Kayleigh Zeeff (Fall 2015)

Jessica González (Summer 2014, Fall 2014, Spring 2015)

Ashley Lunford (Spring 2014, Spring 2015)

Leah Jellison (Spring 2014, Summer 2014, Fall 2014, Spring 2015)

Cristina Amaro (Fall 2014)

⸸Alejandra Durán (Spring 2014)

Alexandra Grimes (Spring 2014)

Lan Yu (Fall 2013)

Vivian Gracia (Fall 2013)

Rachel Kelly (Fall 2013)

Julia Tolliver (Spring 2013) Junior Coordinator

Anna Bao (Spring 2013)

McKenzie Dobson (Spring 2013)

Rachelle Henderson (Spring 2013)

Liz Rutherford (Spring 2013)

Anna Bao (Fall 2012)

McKenzie Dobson (Fall 2012)

Zhe Liu (Fall 2012)

Rachelle Henderson (Fall 2012)

Andrea Magruder (Fall 2012)

Brandy Selleck (Fall 2012)

Anna Cutaia (Spring 2012)

Andrea Magruder (Spring 2012)

Melissa Celestin (Spring 2012)

Adam Robertson (Spring 2012)

Yangyang Ni (Spring 2012)

Mayangna Project

Tess Milom (Summer 2015, Fall 2015)

*Talitha Fisher (Spring 2015)

Janna Ahrndt (Fall 2013)

Liz Rutherford (Spring 2013)

Ethan Myers (Spring 2013)

Motion Predicates in Sign Languages Project

Lisette Lopez Contreras (Summer 2017)

Yesenia Lopez Contreras (Summer 2017)

Nygia Rogers (Summer 2015, Fall 2015)

Korean-English Bilingual Acquisition

Nadia Arzberger (Spring 2017 & Fall 2016)

Rebekah Cho (Spring 2017 & Fall 2016)

Yehsil Byun (Spring 2013)

Waynyoung Kim (Spring 2012)

Yu Sun Jung, Junior Coordinator (Fall 2011 & Spring 2012)

Alex Holliday (Spring 2011)

Brigid Collins (Spring 2011)

Yu Sun Jung (Spring 2011)

Ashley Ewing (Fall 2010)

Adrian Kelly (Spring 2010)

Samuel Lim (Spring 2010)


Xiaorong Zhang (2014-2015) Multilingual Acquisition
Hongbin Cun (2012) Endangered Languages
Elizabeth Saloman (Fall 2009) Mayangna Project

Honorary/Past Members

Eric Follett, Ph.D. Student (on leave)
Mayangna Project
Ethan Myers, Ph.D. Student
Northwestern University
Mayangna - MesoSpace Project
Carol Chun Zheng 郑纯, Ph.D. Student
Experimental Linguistics Lab, PU
SwaTawWe (China)
Rachelle Henderson, Ph.D. Student
University of Minnesota
Mayangna Project
Ager Gondra,
Assistant Professor, Department of Language & Culture
Purchase College, SUNY
Euskera Syntax
Alyson Eggleston,
Instructor, Linguistics Major, College of Charleston
Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of English, The Citadel
Mayangna Project
Sunny K. Park,
Bilingual-Bicultural Education Program
Department of Leadership, Language & Curriculum
College of Education, DePaul University
Korean-English Bilingual Acquisition
Ricard Vinas de Puig,
Assistant Professor, College of Charleston
Mayangna Project
Jason Overfelt,,
Visiting Assistant Professor, Haverford College
As of Fall 2016:
Visiting Assistant Professor, University of Minnesota
Tigrinya Language Project
Nahor Haddish-Berhane Tigrinya Language Project
Yin Ling Cheung (,
Assistant Professor, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
Hokkien Language

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