Amanda Song (CC ’17) spent the first twelve years of her life in Chicago, and then moved with her family to Beijing for middle school and high school. The process of relearning Mandarin sparked her interest in language learning and translation, and she is now especially fascinated by whether certain, supposedly “untranslatable” phrases and meanings in one language can still be framed and transposed into another, by invoking a common set of images. She hopes to learn French and Arabic at Columbia, and is planning to pursue a degree in computer science.
Stefani Priskos (BC’16) has been fascinated with languages since as long as she can remember.Having studied French, Spanish, Japanese, and Modern Greek, she is passionate about educating others about the complexities and social implications of language, as well as the importance of Americans learning second languages despite the global prominence of English. Majoring European Studies with a concentration in Linguistics, she can also be seen around campus as an RA, a Barnard Student Admissions Representative, and an avid knitter.
Sumin Park (CC’ 17)is majoring in Sociology, Business, and East Asian studies. Sumin speaks Korean, American English, and Mandarin Chinese, and is deeply interested in bilingualism, sociolinguistics, and preserving endangered languages. She loves showing off her knowledge about the Chinese culture (especially the food) to her friends and incorporating it with her Korean and some American origins. In her spare time, Sumin can be spotted singing show tunes, doing Chinese martial arts, and munching on anything chocolate.
Chloe Walton (CC’16) is a sophomore in Columbia College, majoring in Middle Eastern Studies and Linguistics. She is from Rye, New Hampshire, where she has lived for most of her life. She speaks French, has studied Italian, and is currently learning Arabic and German. She loves linguistics because languages offer constant insights into how people think, and how that translates into communication.
Lingzi Zhuang (CC’16) proudly hails from Shanghai. A speaker of Mandarin, Shanghai Wu and German and a dabbler in many more, he is currently traversing the realms of linguistics and computer science, while attempting to understand the world, humanity and the Common Good in his musings and conversations. He is often caught scribbling down words and thoughts, muttering undistinguishable syllables, reading Burke, and trying to humanise his computing machine.
Alex Klapheke is a senior majoring in linguistics. He has studied French, German and Chinese, and is currently self-studying Japanese. This coming fall, Alex will be beginning a linguistics PhD program at Harvard. His focus will primarily be syntax and semantics. Outside of linguistics, Alex enjoys bicycling, playing classical piano, and exploring the city.
Kelila Kahane is a sophomore majoring in linguistics. Kelila has studied Latin, Biblical Hebrew, and Aramaic, and is now learning German. Within linguistics she has a particular affinity for discourse analysis. Next year, Kelila will be studying abroad at the Theoretical and Applied linguistics program at Cambridge University. Some of her non-linguistic interests include art, fashion, playing tennis, and catching up on episodes of Mad Men.
Julia Blume is a junior majoring in linguistics, with particular interests in formal semantics, doxastic logics, and psycholinguistics. She has done research on Cuzco Quechua, and has also studied Persian, Spanish, and Portuguese. Outside linguistics, she enjoys painting, cooking, capoeira, reading, and going on adventures. Julia is currently studying abroad at the University of Manchester.
Misha Solomon is a Columbia College junior studying Evolutionary Biology of the Human Species and Linguistics. He is particularly interested in the intersection of these fields, the evolution of human language. He is also a fan of the connection between language and sexuality, and writing in the third person. His older relatives claim he can speak five language but, while it is true that he has studied English, French, Spanish, German, and Mandarin Chinese, he can really only speak three of them fluently at any given time. In his spare time, Misha can be found writing offensive poetry, thinking about primates, and reading books about the origin of language.