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I am a second year graduate student in linguistics at the University of Arizona. I am working towards an MS in Human Language Technology, and a PhD in linguistics. My areas of interest are: Phonetics, Computational Linguistics, Natural Language Processing, Speech Perception, Speech Recognition & Synthesis; Semitic, Chinese, and Uto-Aztecan Languages.

In May, 2006, I graduated Magna cum Laude from the University of Utah with a BA in Linguistics and a BA in Middle East Studies with an emphasis in Hebrew. After I graduate from UA, I hope to pursue a career as a professor of linguistics.

The first question that people ask when I tell them I'm studying linguistics is ``how many languages do you speak?'' Although linguistics is the science of natural language in general rather than studying individual languages to learn to speak them, here is a list of languages that I have at least a basic knowledge of: Spanish (Fluent), Hebrew, Mandarin (currently studying), German, Tohono O'odham, Hindi, Aramaic, Ugaritic, Latin, Greek, Coptic.

Lately I've been in larval stage as defined in the jargon file: larval stage. I'm starting to get a handle on python and prolog, and I know some perl, lisp, c, and of course LATEX. I'm a fan of Apple, but starting to like GNU/Linux even better, especially Ubuntu

Besides linguistics and computation, I'm interested in the Ancient Near East, especially ancient Canaanite/Israelite religion. I'm also interested in Judaism & The Kabbalah (not the Hollywood version!) In my spare time (not much lately) I've been studying the Zohar, and translating the only Grammar I know of for the Aramaic of the Zohar.

Email me at jjberry at email.arizona.edu

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Jeff Berry 2008-05-15