Our team

Heidi Lorimor directs the Linguistics Lab. She earned her PhD in Linguistics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2007. She teaches several courses in the Linguistics Program, including Phonetics and Phonology, Morphology, Language and the Brain, and Psycholinguistics. While her research primarily focuses on how adults produce words and sentences, Prof. Lorimor has recently developed an interest in child language acquisition as she watches her daughters, Sarah and Christina, learn how to speak.




Caroline Kunkel is a sophomore majoring in linguistics and neuroscience from San Francisco, CA. Along with doing research, she also works at the Lewisburg Community Garden and at CLIMBucknell.




Erin Liffiton is a first-year and majoring in linguistics; she also hopes to minor in French and Art. Besides doing research or schoolwork, she’s probably working out (or at least thinking about working out), drawing, drinking coffee, or playing ukulele. Erin is originally from upstate New York (but not the city!) and really enjoys the outdoors, especially hiking and biking.



Jamie Risdal is a sophomore majoring in linguistics and psychology. She is a member of the Bucknell Varsity Volleyball team and works for Boxfish helping Chinese students gain proficient English speaking skills. She hails from the great state of Texas (Yeehaw!) where she uses all things “y’all, all y’all, and y’all’re’all” but not “yinz” or “you’se”. In her limited free time she likes to fawn over cute animals, get into incredibly detailed pointless debates with friends for fun, and bake dozens of cookies when her stress level gets too high.



Linguistics Lab Alumni:

  • Arielle Allentoff (’14)
  • AJ Collegio (’13)
  • Stephanie Gonthier (’15)
  • Alex Maclean (’13)
  • Zoë Sayre (Dec ’16)
  • Jason Schoenberg (’13)
  • Roz Smith (’12)
  • Lindsay Zajac (’14)