Julianne Kapner


I'm a PhD student in the Department of Linguistics at the University of California, Berkeley. My primary research areas are sociolinguistics and phonetics, especially in minority languages: I'm interested in understanding language variation and change in maintenance situations. I'm passionate about community-engaged research methodologies and exploring how research can benefit speech communities. My research generally involves a combination of fieldwork and quantitative/computational methods.

I am the founder and director of the Armenian Language in the Bay Area (ALBA) project – check it out here!

Before graduate school, I worked for two years at the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) as a research assistant, where I contributed to the ASHA Evidence Maps.

I have an M.A. in Linguistics from UC Berkeley, and a B.A. in Linguistics from the University of Rochester; a Campus Times article reported on my undergraduate research.

Outside of linguistics, my favorite activities these days are hiking, social dancing (swing and contra dance in particular), and playing with my black cat, Hestia.

I respectfully acknowledge that I live, work, and study on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded land of the Chochenyo speaking Ohlone people.