Eve Okura Koller

Degree: Linguistics MA

Thesis: A Study of the Correlation Between Working Memory and Second Language EI Test Scores, found here.

What have you done since graduation: In May 2017 I graduated with a PhD in Linguistics from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. My dissertation involved international research on language nests, a method of language revitalization in which young children are exposed to the target endangered language. I am currently working as a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Hawaii at Manoa with Dr. Andrea Berez-Kroeker and Dr. Bradley McDonnell on the National Science Foundation-funded project EAGER: Data Science Literacy for All of Linguistics.

Prior to this postdoctoral fellowship, I worked as a content writer for English Connect with BYU-Pathway Worldwide. When I was a PhD student, I was a Bilinski dissertation fellow, I worked as a researcher for the Catalog of Endangered Languages (endangeredlanguages.com) for three years, and I taught a course in Linguistics at the University of Hawaii.

Future goals/plans: I am primarily interested in historical linguistics, language typology, morphology, and language endangerment. The postdoctoral fellowship is a two-year position. In addition to research for the fellowship, I am working on several independent projects which I intend to publish as papers. These include follow-up research on language nests, various aspects of the linguistic typology of numeral systems, methods in linguistic typology studies, historical changes in Berber/Amazigh languages (Afroasiatic languages in North Africa), and methodological interactions between linguistics and archaeology. Over the next one to two years, I intend to continue research and to apply for academic positions in linguistics.

Advice for future students: As much as possible, learn technological skills, software, and programs that facilitate linguistics research (e.g. LaTex, Python, R), statistics, and/or corpus linguistics (how to create your own corpora). These can help in linguistics research as well as increase your marketability. A career outside of academia can be good and rewarding. If you want a career in academia, publish as much as possible and as soon as possible.