UC Santa Barbara
Graduate Student in Linguistics
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I am a graduate fellow at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where I am pursuing my Ph.D. in linguistics. My foci are the study of crosslinguistic diversity, and the documentation of underdescribed languages in North America and East Africa.
Previously, I worked for five years as a linguist with Rosetta Stone, based in based in Harrisonburg, VA. As part of their Endangered Language Program, I helped create language-learning software for three endangered languages - Chitimacha, Navajo, and Inupiaq. I also worked as a researcher in the Rosetta Stone Labs.
Before starting work at Rosetta Stone, I received my B.A. in Linguistics & Philosophy from the College of William & Mary in Virginia in 2008.
Pursuing my Ph.D. in Linguistics, focusing on the documentation of understudied languages and crosslinguistic diversity.
Created content for Rosetta Stone's commercial language products.
Researched methods of modeling user knowledge and designing methods of automated content creation using English corpora.
Designed language-learning software for endangered languages (Chitimacha, Navajo, Inupiaq).
Assisted students and faculty with technology needs for language-learning.
Was responsible for opening and closing the store, and managing insiders and drivers.
Taught Latin I and II to a small group of homeschool students in my area twice a week.
Why do languages die? This is a question that troubles many linguists, but one which we still lack really solid theories for answering. My own approach to the matter focuses on the incentives put in place by the nation-state, and how the existence of the nation-state itself is antithetical to language diversity. I take a praxeological approach, following Ludwig von Mises, which aims to understand the actions of individuals and the choices they make in accordance with the incentives presented to them.
This article tackles this very hoary question of how languages die. I argue that, while economic reasons exist for language death, they are largely secondary to the institutionalized way in which the state interrupts the process of intergenerational transmission. The article is published on Mises.org, the online arm of the Mises Institute, an organization dedicated to the advancement of Austrian economics.
I argue that governments necessarily incentivize bad language policy and support fewer languages rather than more. In economics, this inability to create policies that accurately address the needs of its citizens is called the socialist-calculation problem.
A dictionary of the Chitimacha language, being produced for the Chitimacha Tribe of Louisiana, and based on fieldwork done by linguist Morris Swadesh between 1934-1940.
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