Language development entails concerted effort at the intersection of life and language. Language allows us to express life’s beauty. Technology facilitates communication and interaction. Through active collaboration, I am interested in leveraging language technology for the benefit of language communities and in the ways they desire to see their language used.
M.A. in Linguistics, 2021
University of North Dakota
B.A. in German, 2007
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
When conducting fieldwork on tone languages, the linguist choosing to use the IPA to make phonetic transcriptions of tone is presented with a challenge: Current methods of tone transcription in the IPA require a degree of phonological analysis before they can be applied and when applied they do not adequately display pitch distinctions relative to other pitches. I describe this challenge and the bar method as a proposed solution. The bar method visually presents F0 distinctions relative to other F0 expressions without ties to segments. I hope this solution facilitates the discussion of phonetic tone transcription without regard to phonological assumptions, linguistic tradition, or geographical area of research.
Successful writing systems today depend on electronic input methods which can be easily used for producing printed or electronic material. This paper explores keyboard design issues involved in designing two keyboards for two different established orthographies. Both orthographies are based on Latin scripts and cover a total of five minority languages in Mexico (four languages in the Meꞌphaa genus and Sochiapam Chinantec [cso] ). The design issues consider:
Technical differences encountered across major computer operating systems (OS X and Windows)
Computer culture issues like the keyboard layout of the national language
Key stroke frequency of language specific segments
Unicode/non-Unicode issues related to character composition
Designing a Unicode keyboard for data input allowed native speakers of Meꞌphaa to have a greater involvement in the data collected by feeding the documentation team typed data and texts in addition to providing oral data. Early adaption of digital input methods may prove to better meet the needs of both language community and researcher. By giving the language community a keyboard for their orthography the minority language speakers were given the opportunity to enter into, and use, new technological domains with their language.
The (inter)dental approximant is a little-studied speech sound in the Philippines and Western Australia. In this paper, we document the articulation of the sound, providing acoustic and video data from Kagayanen and Limos Kalinga, respectively. The sound is attested in at least fifteen languages. It is contrastive in five Western Australian languages, while in the Philippines it generally patterns as an allophone of /l/ but has emerged recently as a separate phoneme due to contact. It arose independently in the two regions. The sound is easily describable in terms of values of phonological features or phonetic parameters. All of these factors argue for the inclusion of the sound in the International Phonetic Alphabet.
Posters & Publications
Conference talks & Special lectures
Corporate & Personal projects
An essential resource for anyone doing research in Kainji langauge speaking areas.
A project collecting Narratives and wordlists from the various lects of the u̱t‑Maꞌin language.
Strategy, technology, and user interaction consultation about RefLex.
Working with several collaborators on Automatic Speech Recognition for low-resource tone languages.
Discussing the business maturity of an ongoing business idea and a business in operation is a frequent task of IDX. This canvas was designed to facilitate that conversation.
Working within SIL’s Ideation and Experimentation incubator to produce a product which gives real time language use and valuation metrics derived from a graph based architecture of known relationships.
A collaboration with Becky Paterson to organize the various layers of U̠t-Ma’in linguistic data into a shareable resource.
Clarifying what ‘rights holders’ actually have to hold, and what ‘uses’ of language are provided for and protected under law and practice.
A Github collaboration to index open source software for minority or low resource languages.
We use the Business Model Canvas to develop the business case for various SIL service offerings.
Strategy and technology consultation with SIL staff to develop interdepartmental communications strategy.
How much work is it to type languages with tonal markers in their orthographies?
Worked with a team to bring modern features via Drupal 7 to the flagship website of SIL International.
Revolutionizing text input. We moved text input from being on a single OS via a non-unicode input method, to working on multiple OSes in Unicode.
SIL Americas Area project to digitize photos documenting the people and the work of SIL in the Americas.
SIL Americas Area project to digitize for electronic distribution many of its indigenous language resources in print mediums.
This project seeks to make known issues in Language Resource Accessibility. It is primarily concerned with two facets of accessibility 1) the User Experience related to interacting with archived content; and 2) the aggregation of item level metadata about language resources in collections.
This project seeks to visually display patterns about languages as those visualizations relate to cartography.
A collaboration with an experienced linguist. I contributed extensive metadata and technical audio-visual expertise a team of people from the USA and Meꞌphaa speakers.
Notes of professional interest
Classroom & Workshop leadership
Teaching Assistant University of North Dakota
Personal Trainer Apple, Inc.
Classroom instructor It’s a Small World
Highlights from my most recent employment history.
Within the context of IDX Innovation’s mission:
Within the context of SIL’s Training mission:
Within the context of SIL America Area Administration’s mission:
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Working at Apple retail stores I:
Working as SIL-UND staff I:
Professional Affiliations & Technical Workgroups — past & present
Internet & Language Metadata
Family & Social fit
Strength Finder Themes
Myers-Briggs Personalty Type
I usually vacillate on test between ‘E’ and ‘I’. Usually this means that the NT archetype is much stronger than the single value for ‘E/I’.
Learning a language is almost as easy as forgetting a language. All skills ebb and flow with fluency in various seasons of life.
Operating systems: Linux (Ubuntu), OS X/MacOS 10.6-10.12
Website hosting: WordPess, Drupal, Hugo, MediaWiki
Authorship & Scholarship: XLingPaper, Endnote, Zotero, Markdown, FLEx, Google Apps
Marketing: Facebook Groups, Facebook Pages, MailChimp
Coding: VS Code, Github, HTML, Bash
Other: Omnigraffle, Confluence, Lightroom