My name is Linda Lanz, and I recently received a Ph.D. in linguistics from Rice University in Houston, TX. My dissertation is A grammar of Iñupiaq morphosyntax, and I’m currently engaged on research projects involving a wide range of Iñupiaq documentation topics, from syntax to phonetics to sociolinguistics. You pretty much need to be a jack of all trades (jane of all trades?) if you do documentation.
I was born and raised in Alaska, and this led to my current fascination with Alaska Native languages. Before my Ph.D. program, I earned an M.A. in Japanese language at the University of Hawai’i Manoa, specializing in historical Japanese linguistics.