Linguistics Department

Where are they now? Where are they going?

Mon, June 25, 2018
Where are they now? Where are they going?
Kyle Jerro, Natalia Bermúdez, and Lynn Yong-Shi Hou

The past few months have seen impressive success on the academic job market by our recent Ph.D. students:

Kyle Jerro completed his doctorate in May 2016 and then stayed on for a year as a post-doc working with Prof. John Beavers on an NSF-supported project. In September 2017 Kyle began a two-year lectureship in the Department of Language and Linguistics at the University of Essex in the United Kingdom. The very good news is that Kyle’s position at Essex has now been made permanent.  With Kyle’s arrival at Essex, its Department of Language and Linguistics now has three specialists in the Bantu languages of Africa.

Natalia Bermúdez has now accepted a tenure-track position in the Department of Linguistics at the University of Chicago. In May, Natalia defended her presentation “A description of Naso verbal art”, which employed intersecting methodologies of language documentation and description, ethnography, and speaker intuitions to analytically describe aspects of Naso speech play and verbal art. Her dissertation advisor is Prof. Tony Woodbury.

Lynn Yong-Shi Hou (Ph.D., 2016) has accepted a tenure-track assistant professorship in the Department of Linguistics at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Lynn's dissertation, entitled "Making Hands": Family Sign Languages in the San Juan Quiahije Community, describes the sign language used by deaf and hearing people in a village in the state of Oaxaca in Mexico. Her dissertation advisor was Richard P. Meier. Since leaving Austin, Lynn has been a President’s Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of California, San Diego. 

Congratulations Kyle, Natalia, and Lynn!

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