Alumni Stories

Dartmouth Linguistics alumnae featured in a radio program

Linguistics alumnae Kalina Newmark '11 and Nacole Walker '11 were guest hosts on a nationwide Native American radio show discussing their NSF-funded research on Native American English dialect features. The research began as a student project in a 2010 sociolinguistics class at Dartmouth. Kalina and Nacole co-hosted a one-hour call-in program on the radio show "Native America Calling" (March 31, 2015). Other linguistics students who have been involved in the research project include Maggie Seawright '17, Zachary Cooper '17, Sydney Allard '16, Jacob Ammon '15, Kayla Atcitty '17, Andrew Zulker '15, Emily Grabowski '18, Emily Harwell '16, and Abbie Kouzmanoff '15.

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Alumni Update From Kalina Newmark '11

Kalina Newmark '11 recently sent us an update: 

After graduating from Dartmouth, I found my academic work with Linguistics very helpful. In particular, I've found my work in Sociolinguistics (the study of language in relation to social factors, including differences of regional, class, and occupational dialect, gender differences, and bilingualism) to be the most helpful in interacting and communicating with people. I understand that language dialects, social norms, and behaviors are extremely important to relating to others and establishing a respectful relationship. Although I don't speak my Native language, learning Linguistics has helped me understand the Slavey language in a way that I wouldn't have understood without Linguistics. For example, how Slavey is constructed, how words are used, how the English language lacks translations for Slavey words/phrases, etc.

Alumni Update From Rachael Lapidis '04

Rachael (Degenshein) Lapidis '04 sent us an update:

Since graduating in 2004 as a Linguistics & Psychology double major, I have remained involved in academia. My Presidential Scholarship under the mentorship of Ioana Chitoran provided me with the background necessary to pursue research. Immediately after graduation I became the lab manager of Laura-Ann Petitto's Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory for Language & Child Development at Dartmouth, which allowed me to stay in Hanover for an additional year while I applied to Psychology PhD programs. I was interested in combining my love for language, music, and psychology in my graduate studies and found an excellent opportunity to do this at the University of California, San Diego. In addition to having one of the top Psychology graduate programs in the country, UCSD is also home to the Center for Research in Language, and an outstanding Linguistics program. I was fortunate enough to take classes in Linguistics as well as in Psychology and to learn from some of the leaders in the field.