This fall four new grad students joined the family. Please take a look at their bios to get to know a bit more about them. Welcome!
I was born and grew up in Canton, NY, which is about an hour south of Ottawa. I went to undergraduate at SUNY Binghamton. I started in Biology, but on a whim took an intro Linguistics course to fulfill a general education requirement. What I found was surprisingly interesting, and I knew I had to know more. More courses lead to an interest in phonology, which is still the area I’m most comfortable with.
I spent my childhood in a rural and tiny town in Japan, sandwiched between mountain and sea, and got my bachelor’s and master’s degree in Tokyo. So it is my first time to live abroad, and I’m excited, although with a bit of anxiety, to start my new career in a new country.
I am mainly interested in syntax-semantics interface, especially at word level. My interest extends to language acquisition and sign language, though I have not actually worked on them yet. Thus, Rutgers Linguistics program was appealing for its strength in syntax-semantics interface and also its cooperation with Cognitive Science Department.
As for my interest outside linguistics, I enjoy eating. So my free time is mostly spent in going to grocery stores and challenging new foods (I’m not really a good cook though).
I grew up in Chengdu, Sichuan (contrary to many people’s expectation, my tolerance to spicy food is not even moderate). I started with Teaching Chinese as a Second Language at college and ended up with studying language for its own sake. I feel fortunate to have finally made my way to the Rutgers to carry on my journey in linguistics, with a focus on semantics and syntax-semantics interface. Surely I’d be happy to find in there any connection with my remote memory of computer science.
As time goes by, my leisure activities gradually shift from the production-oriented ones like drawing, seal cutting, and calligraphy, to perception-oriented ones like reading, music listening, and sightseeing. The artistic expressions of human spirituality, be it found in the architectures I sketched long ago or in the writings on medieval thoughts I came across last month, look equally good to me.
Hi, I’m Chris, and I’m originally from Tucson, Arizona, which is in the Sonoran Desert. Saguaro cactus and colorful sunsets were two common images during my childhood.