Lab of Linguistics: People







The Lab of Linguistics (LoL) is inhabited by students, faculty members, and staff members affiliated with the Linguistics Department.

Lab Manager



Michaella Joseph is the LoL manager for  the 2018-2019 academic year. She enjoys acoustic phonetics and sociolinguistics. Her alignment is chaotic good, so naturally she hates the silence of the LoL's sound booth. 

All equipment requests and questions should be sent to the Lab Manager, as well as requests to use the lab space for recording or experiments. To pick up or drop off equipment, or just to drop in to ask about the LoL, Michaella has lab office hours during fall semester in Eliot 101D on Mondays and Wednesdays from 3:00-4:00pm. If you'd like to reserve the LoL for recording or running an experiment outside of those office hours, please contact Michaella directly to set up a time (

Faculty and staff

The faculty and staff who you might see hanging around the LoL include the following:


Kara Becker is an associate professor of linguistics. She particularly enjoys taking formant measurements in Praat, especially when you have to adjust the formant settings for each vowel. Here we see her with the LoL's youngest participant. His neck was unfortunately too narrow to strap the electroglottograph on.

sameer Sameer ud Dowla Khan is an associate professor of linguistics and Lab Director. As such, he is responsible for overseeing the procurement and maintenance of equipment. He enjoys reading spectrograms and drawing them by hand as secret messages. Here he is demonstrating the movement of the vocal folds during voicing.

Matt Pearson is a professor of linguistics. He enjoys listening to recordings of Field Methods consultants and trying to work out if they’re producing a low tone or a downstepped tone. He doesn’t use the equipment in the LoL very much, but he sleeps better at night knowing it’s there. 

11039840_10101348309144830_6235503791997957216_n-2.jpg Emily Hebbron is the faculty administrative coordinator for the Linguistics Department. She doesn't really understand what we do, but is happy to support us!

Research Assistants

Currently, the following students are working as research assistants (RAs) for faculty-led research projects: