5.2 Contributors’ Notes

Skyler Buxton is a fourth-year student at the University of Georgia studying linguistics and Asian languages & literature with an emphasis in Japanese. Within the field of linguistics, she is particularly interested in syntax and language acquisition. Once she receives her B.A. in both linguistics and Asian languages & literature, she plans to teach English in Japan for several years then consider further studying linguistics in grad school. In her free time, she helps tutor elementary school children and enjoys further practicing Japanese.

Drew Felt is a senior at UGA, pursuing BAs in Linguistics and Romance Languages, focusing on Portuguese and Spanish for the latter. He is also in his first year of the Linguistics Double Dawgs Program and hopes to finish his MA in 2022.

Dante Smith, but I prefer to be called Alpha. I am a third-year linguistics major with a minor in Japanese language and literature. I am a bit of a newcomer to linguistics, having only studied it for less than a year now. However, I find myself extremely compatible with the field and especially the subfield of syntax. I find it fascinating how syntax investigates and explains patterns in speech that are naturally acquired and applied every day without having to think about it. In addition to the topic of this paper, I have done research on adjectives as a word class and how adjectives vary in function a lot more than nouns and verbs by investigating Japanese, Wolof and English sentences. Aside from syntax and Japanese, other major-specific courses I have taken include typology, and I am currently enrolled in corpus linguistics, American English, as well as Mandarin. 

Emily Towery is a current third-year undergraduate honors student in the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Georgia. She is expected to graduate in Spring 2022 with dual degrees in Computer Science and Linguistics and a minor in cognitive science. Her main area of interest is natural language processing and how computers can be programmed to understand and manipulate large amounts of natural language data.

Michael Wolfman is a third-year honors student in the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Georgia. He is currently pursuing an A.B. in Linguistics, an A.B. in Classics, and a minor in Italian. On track to graduate in 2022, Michael hopes to attend graduate school where his education and love of language will continue to flourish.