Ella Deaton is a graduate of the University of Michigan ('17), having earned her B.A. in Spanish Linguistics with a minor in Anthropology. She is currently working on multiple projects, including syntactic complexity and fluency analyses of second language learners of Spanish. In the past, Ella has worked with Dr. Nicholas Henriksen on multiple projects, most notably in analyzing the simplification of /tʃ/ in Southern Spain. In addition, she also worked on the Argentine Afrikaner Collaboratory project where she helped analyze the production of front vowels in bilingual speakers of Afrikaans and Spanish. In the fall, she will begin a PhD in Linguistics at the University of Washington, Seattle.
ASSISTANT LAB MANAGER
CHRISTOPHER "TOPH" CLARK
Christopher “Toph” Clark is graduate of the University of Michigan ('18), having studied Romance Languages and Literatures with a specialization in French and Spanish. He works with Dr. Nicholas Henriksen and fellow research assistant Michael Ward regarding the influence that a secondary language has on tertiary language pronunciation. Although Toph began speaking Spanish only a year ago, his zest for language acquisition makes up for lost time. In his free time, he pursues his passion of writing, playing, and producing music.
Mateo Amprimo is a first year in the College of Engineering intending to major in Aerospace Engineering. He is working on the León Fluency Analysis project under the guidance of Dr. Nicholas Henriksen and Dr. Lorenzo García-Amaya. Outside of school he enjoys playing soccer, listening to music, and watching TV shows.
Daniel Cluxton is a senior in LSA majoring in Cognitive Science (Language and Cognition) and minoring in Japanese. He has a passion for language studies in areas such as second language acquisition and translation studies and has worked in the lab on a project involving analysis of the nature of uptalk in native Spanish speakers. He hopes to continue his studies in Japan after graduation.
Micha Fischer is a third-year PhD student in the statistical emphasis of the Michigan Program in Survey Methodology. His research interests include approaches to handling missing data, measurement errors, and predictive modeling. In his dissertation, Micha evaluates a new method for imputation of missing data in high-dimensional data sets. Within the Lab, Micha collaborates with Lorenzo, Nick, Myrna, and Brady to provide statistically-sound analyses and data visualization of all empirical findings.
Amber is a senior studying Spanish, Cognitive Science, and Vocal Performance. She is currently working on the 21 Questions project, in which we are analyzing the intonation of questions in native Spanish speech. She also works as a barista and enjoys brunch, traveling, and singing in the car. She hopes to study Spanish Linguistics in graduate school.
Kara Genther is a senior studying Linguistics and Spanish, with plans on going to graduate school for Speech-Language Pathology after graduation. She is currently working with Dr. Nicholas Henriksen on the /s/ cluster project in the Speech Production Lab. Outside of the lab, Kara is the president of the Pre-Speech and Hearing Club and a member of Impact, a student-run dance group.
Katie is a recent graduate ('19), with degrees in Linguistics and Spanish with a minor in English Language & Literature, of the college of LS&A. After graduation, she hopes to continue studying Spanish and Linguistics in graduate school. Outside of the lab, she is a co-director of RhythM Tap Ensemble, an executive board member of Dance Mix Core, and a member of the Undergraduate Linguistics Club.
Ellie Johandes is a junior in LSA majoring in Cellular and Molecular Biology and Biomedical Engineering with a minor in Spanish. She worked with Postdoctoral Research Fellow Joshua Shapero as a sociocultural analyst in the Argentine Afrikaner Collaboratory project. In addition, she curates the project's digital archive. In her free time, Ellie enjoys swing dancing, practicing piano, and reading.
Kelly is a recent graduate ('19), with degrees in Cognitive Science (language and cognition track) and Romance Languages and Literatures and a minor in Linguistics, from the college of LS&A. In addition to English, she speaks Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, and French with varying levels of proficiency. She works on various projects in the lab. Kelly's honors thesis, advised by Dr. Julie Boland, investigated working memory differences after second language attrition. Her academic interests include psycholinguistics, bilingualism, and foreign language acquisition and attrition.
Jiseung is a Linguistics graduate student who studies phonetics and prosody. She is currently working on her dissertation on the production and perception of American English prosody. In the lab, she works collaboratively between the faculty and undergraduate students in the phonetic analysis of /p t k b d g/ in Spanish and Afrikaans corpora. She also works on Afrikaans monolingual speakers' production of the /k/+V sequence for the Collaboratory project
Brysyn is a sophomore in the LSA's Residential College. She plans to major in Spanish or English as a Second Language (TESL), as she hopes to pursue a career in teaching these subjects. Within the Collaboratory, she works collaboratively with Ella, as her research mentor, to mark hesitation phenomena in Afrikaans and Spanish.
Matthew Neubacher is a sophomore in LSA Honors intending to major in Political Science. At the Speech Lab, he works with Sean Lang to study cross-language influences through an analysis of filled pauses in Spanish and Afrikaans speakers. Outside of his research and studies, Matthew enjoys playing guitar, 3D printing, and reading.
Aditi Priyadershi is a sophomore in LSA and the Honors college double majoring in Spanish and Biology, Health & Society. She hopes to attend medical school in the future. She works as a research assistant for the Speech Production Lab and currently leads the León Fluency project, working with UROP students. Outside of the lab, Aditi is a student ambassador and enjoys playing the violin.
Skyelar is a freshman in Michigan Research and Discovery Scholars (MRADS) planning on majoring in Linguistics and Organ Performance. He is currently working on the Andalusian Spanish project. Outside of the lab he enjoys reading and composing.
Benancio is a senior majoring in Biochemistry and minoring in Spanish. He is currently working on the /s/ cluster project with Professor Nicholas Henriksen. Alongside linguistics research, Benancio works in a virology lab on campus investigating human norovirus and astrovirus. Outside of class and research, Benancio spends his time with the Club Wrestling team. His future plans include going to graduate school to eventually receive a Ph.D. in virology.
Alexandria is a sophomore in LSA who is double majoring in Neuroscience and Spanish. Her goal is to attend medical school, where she will specialize in oncology. In the Collaboratory, Alexandria has studied hesitation phenomena in Afrikaans speech with Ella and is currently working on speaker coding and data analysis for the F0/VOT project.
Donavin is a first-year student in LSA. He is planning on majoring in Spanish and Political Science. He is currently working on the León Fluency project, which tracks English speakers in Spain and their growth in learning Spanish as a second language. When not working in the lab, Donavin enjoys writing, listening to music, and passing time with friends.
Olivia is a senior in LSA pursuing degrees in Spanish and History of Art. She spent 6 weeks abroad in Salamanca the summer after her sophomore year. In the lab, she works on analyzing the production of /p t k b d g/ in Praat for the Argentine Afrikaner Collaboratory project. Outside of the lab, Olivia enjoys cooking, spin classes, and going to museums.
Juan transferred as a sophomore in the College of LSA. His pursuing to get a degree in Computer Science and Linguistics. One of his hobbies is to learn languages and aside from English he speaks Indonesian, and French. He is also interested in learning about second language acquisition. Currently, Juan is involved with the Uptalk project.
Zhehao is a sophomore in LSA studying Economics, Political science, and Spanish. He has participated in the Captioning Study and is currently working on the Pupilometry Project. Outside of school and work, Zhehao enjoys attending academic lectures, playing the piano, cooking, and traveling.
Samantha Tosa is a senior premed who is double majoring in International Studies and Spanish. She is currently working on the Captioning Study with Dr. Lorenzo Garcia Amaya and Dr. Nicholas Henriksen in the Speech Production Lab. Outside of school and research, she works on the Executive Board for UofM's Foundation of International Medical Relief of Children (FIMRC). She enjoys learning about different cultures and foreign languages and is looking forward to incorporating those aspects into the medical field in the future.
Annika is a senior in LSA majoring in Spanish and Linguistics. She is currently working with Dr. Lorenzo García-Amaya on his 2017 MCubed project studying hesitation phenomena in second language speakers of Spanish, as well as on the /p t k b d g/ analysis within the Argentine Afrikaner Collaboratory project. Annika is also an alumnus of the Lloyd Hall Scholars Program and a member of the Armenian Students Cultural Association.
Tony Tran is a junior studying Spanish, and Cellular and Molecular Biology. He is an active member of Bioethics Society, and the Multicultural Association of Pre-Health Students. He is interested in comparative linguistics and plans to attend medical school after graduation.
Michael is a recent graduate ('19) from the Residential College at the University of Michigan, with a degree in Romance Languages and Literatures and minors in Chinese Language, Computer Science, and Translation Studies. When he’s not assisting Lorenzo and Nick in the lab, he enjoys playing violin and viola in the Michigan Pops Orchestra.
Claire is a junior in LSA and is majoring in Spanish and International Studies. She is currently working on the MCubed Project that is looking at hesitation phenomena in Spanish speakers. Claire also enjoys tap dancing, reading, and traveling.