Myriam Lapierre


I am a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Linguistics at the University of California, Berkeley. I obtained a Master of Arts 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 languages of the and Tupí-Guaraní families. 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). My research focuses on understanding the range of possible and impossible phonological processes, and how these phenomena are constrained from a physiological and/or cognitive perspective. 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.