Until further notice, the University of Arizona, in accordance with the guidelines recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, encourages all employees to work remotely. Our offices are closed to the public, but you can reach us Monday–Friday 8:30am-4pm.

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Office Hours for Summer 2020 by Zoom and by Appointment 

We want you to know that your LING advising team is here to help you. Please reach out to us at any time or drop-in during our Zoom hours listed below.

Amber Lubera: Mondays, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM (Zoom ID 976 4044 9507)

If these hours don't work for you, please email Amber or Dr. Ohala (ling.ugadv@gmail.com, ohalad@email.arizona.edu). We are happy to help with any questions you may have right now, whether it's related to linguistics or not. Also, if you need help finding resources to assist you during this difficult time, we are here for you! You can also find a list of resources available here that will be updated daily.

Meet your Mentoring and Advising Crew!

The Department of Linguistics is always available to answer your questions about the linguistics degree, our program, your course choices, and your career, among others. We have an excellent mentoring and advising structure that we hope you will take advantage of while you're here. It's always best to contact your professional academic advisor, Lauren Kelly, first. She'll help you negotiate all the university and college requirements that pertain to the linguistics major, among many other things, throughout your undergraduate years (scroll down to see all of us!).

For questions that require knowledge of the field (elective courses that fit your interests, planning for a career or graduate school in linguistics, how to get involved, etc.), please come and talk to Dr. Ohala or Amber Lubera. As linguists ourselves, we have the insider's know-how that can best position you to achieve your goals in the most effective and comprehensive way possible. Your pathway to success will be enhanced if you check in with Lauren and the rest of us at least once a year (once a semester is even better!).

Dr. Diane Ohala (Director of Undergraduate Studies)

I’ve been the Director of Undergraduate Studies in linguistics for nearly two decades and it's one of the aspects of my job that I love best. Talking with all of you, helping you map out your courses, learning about your interests, and helping you choose the right career path is extremely rewarding. Please come talk with me whenever you have questions; I look forward to answering them. I'm also the Honors Advisor for Linguistics, so you are welcome to direct any questions about receiving honors in linguistics to me as well.

My professional interests are in language acquisition and phonology, so the courses I teach at the undergraduate level are on those topics (very often Ling 341, Ling 432, Ling 314, Ling 315, as well as Ling 201). My recent research has focused on phonological acquisition in young Welsh-English bilinguals. On the personal side, I love to read mysteries, do jigsaw and crossword puzzles, watch BritBox and Acorn, spend time with my family, and spend as much time near the ocean as I can.

Amber Lubera (Graduate Student Mentor)

I'm a 3rd PhD student in linguistics. I completed my undergraduate degree in linguistics at the University of Nevada, Reno. I received my M.A. in linguistics here at the University of Arizona. My academic interests include pedagogy research, morphophonology, and second language acquisition and teaching. I'm particularly interested in the effect that studying languages scientifically may have on learning language as adults. To investigate this I use a wide variety of techniques, including computational methods for corpus exploration, artificial language experiments, and surveys. Other things that make me happy include cooking, hanging out with my cat, hiking, and strategy games.

Lauren Kelly (Academic Advisor)

I'm an Academic Advisor here to help with any questions you may have on general education or university requirements, and to connect you with resources and opportunities on campus. I graduated from NAU with a B.A. in English, and then quickly retreated back to the desert. I am also currently serving as an Academic Advisor for English and Creative Writing students, and previously I worked in UA Admissions. When I'm not advising, I'm reading way too many books at once, telling stories about my cats, or trying to plan a new adventure.

We look forward to getting to know you, too!