"Language is a city to the building of which every human being brought a stone"


— Ralph Waldo Emerson

Specimen known as Kimberly Louis-Jean-us

Kimberly Louis-Jean

Kimberly Louis-Jean is currently a graduate student in the linguistics department at the University of New Hampshire. She received a B.A. in art in 2009 from Salem State University before pursuing a career in web development for eight plus years. In 2017, she left the corporate world in pursuit of a graduate degree in linguistics and a research or academic position.


Her theoretical research focuses on the syntactic and morphological manifestations of the nominal phrase cross-linguistically. More recently, her research specifically investigates the distribution of multiple determiners within Haitian Creole and how the language marks definiteness within the noun phrase. What does the nominal phrase say about the syntactic representation? Why does the data elicit opposing theories of headedness and movement? How does Haitian Creole compare to other languages with similar distributions?


Kimberly’s research interests also focus on the cognitive aspects of language. She is interested in the neural substrates of on-line sentence comprehension and reading and how they are affected by dyslexia and aphasia. She is also interested in the use of memory in language processing and storage of morphologically complex words as well as the mental lexicon.


Additionally, she is interested in how the brain and cognitive functions are affected by weightlessness and space travel. What sorts of changes do we see in the brain after long-term space travel? Are changes reversible? What can we predict from these changes and how do we prevent them? She explores these questions on her blog, brainsinspace.


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