Build Your Own Language Faculty and FIG Assistant

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FIG Faculty: Shiloh Drake

Shiloh Drake is a postdoctoral researcher in the Linguistics Department, and she is interested in—you guessed it!—how to build languages to see how we learn them. Shiloh earned her BA from the University of Redlands, and her MA and PhD from the University of Arizona. Her research focuses on how we learn words, how we put different word parts together (morphology), and learn what they mean (lexical semantics) and how to use them in sentences (syntax). She studies this using English, Arabic, and Maltese, and artificial languages that are meant to mimic the word structure of those languages too.

In addition to researching how we learn language structures and teaching linguistics courses, she also teaches yoga and works with 7th-12th grade students on developing their skills in creative writing. She’s originally from Denver, CO and is a diehard Colorado Avalanche fan (#GoAvsGo!). One of the items on her bucket list is to see a pro hockey game in every arena in the US and Canada.

FIG Assistant: Ella Gordon
I am a junior majoring in English and minoring in Comics and Cartoon Studies. In my free time I enjoy making comics, playing music and going for long hikes. I am passionate about learning and teaching, and I’m excited to see what my FIG students do during Fall 2023!