The first thing that drew me to linguistics: the problem sets. I loved scrutinizing a set of data (typically IPA transcriptions plus glosses, arranged in neat little columns) and developing an account of the apparent patterns. Nothing's changed, really, except for the data: now I study phonetic and phonological variation, and consider the linguistic, social, and stylistic factors conditioning it. Go to the Research link for info on my current projects.
I enjoy cooking, reading, training in Krav Maga, exploring DC, and hanging out with my husband and cat. I devour productivity books and lifehacks - not so that I can be superhumanly productive in a normal work day, but so I can produce normal-person amounts of work in just a few hours and then spend the rest of the day doing the things listed in this subsection.
How to pronounce my surname
[nis], like the female child of your sibling. However, I also answer to [nɪtʃ] (rhymes with rich).
Old stomping grounds
Department of Linguistics at Reed College • Department of Language and Linguistic Science at the University of York • NYU Department of Linguistics • Haskins Laboratories • Program in Linguistics and Cognitive Science at Dartmouth College
jennifer dot nycz at Georgetown dot edu