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Ian Turner

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Master's Student, Hispanic Linguistics
Teaching Assistant of Spanish

I am from Pine Mountain, Georgia, a rural farming community with lots of cows & veggies. I have always had a strong interest in Spanish linguistics, semiotics, and philosophy. I am interested in the structural underpinnings of language as well as the relationship between phonetics and natural language processing. While language is my passion, I have also spent the last three years working as a legal writer for an immigration law firm & can provide a unique perspective on immigration law, policy, and outcomes. Overall, I am excited to be a part of the UGA community & am eager to expand my linguistic knowledge & Spanish development.


Research Interests:

I am interested in phonetics and phonology as they relate to languages in South and Central America. I would be extremely excited to apply my knowledge of Spanish to technological advancements in the field of NLP. Ultimately, I would like to better understand and support the research and services for languages like Quechua, Guaraní, and other widely spoken South American languages. By focusing on South and Central American linguistic communities, my goal is to learn the fundamentals of and build a bridge between computational linguistics and language families with less robust transcription and translational services, ensuring that technology is used as a tool to enrich and not erase linguistic diversity.



I completed my undergraduate studies at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, graduating in May 2019 with a double major in Spanish and Political Science. During this time, I had the privilege of studying abroad as part of the European Politics Program, visiting  Madrid, Edinburgh, and Berlin in the summer of 2017, and also participating in the Argentine Studies Program in Buenos Aires during the summer of 2018. These experiences were integral to my personal and academic growth and have substantively shaped my perspective.


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