Myriam Lapierre


I am a rising fourth year Graduate student in the Department of Linguistics at the University of California, Berkeley. I obtained a Master of Arts degree in Linguistics from UC Berkeley in 2018, and one from the University of Ottawa in 2016.

My research interests lie at the intersection of formal phonology, experimental phonetics, language documentation, and typology. My work focuses on the sound systems of Amazonian languages of Brazil, especially and Tupí-Guaraní languages. I have conducted extensive in-situ fieldwork on four languages of the Jê family, namely Panãra (ISO code: kre), Mẽbêngôkre (ISO code: txu), Kajkwakhrattxi (ISO code: suy-tap), and Xavante (ISO code: xav), and on one language of the Tupí-Guaraní family, Kawaiwete (ISO code: kyz). I am particularly interested in the phonetics and phonology of nasality, and how understudied languages can contribute to our understanding of the diverse ways in which nasality can be used meaningfully in language.