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Michal Temkin Martínez

michaltemkinmartinezAssociate Professor; Director, The Mary Ellen Ryder Linguistics Lab | (208) 426-4236 | SMITC-218B

Michal Temkin Martinez joined the Boise State English department in 2009. She is the founding director of the Mary Ellen Ryder Linguistics Lab and her research interests span experimental, formal, and documentary linguistics. Her dissertation and consequent research, on Modern Hebrew, includes the integration of perception and production experimental data collection with current phonological theory. Her current work also includes an approach integrating experimental and traditional descriptive methods to the documentation of languages spoken in Boise, Idaho by those who arrived as refugees. She is currently collaborating with Jon P. Dayley, and members of the Somali-Bantu refugee community in Boise documenting Chizigula (Mushungulu; xma; Bantu, Somalia).

Michal’s is currently working on the Languages of Boise project, the end product of which will be a web application for service providers working with Boise area refugees to learn about linguistic and cultural competency, and to better communicate with these new arrivals in our community.

Michal enjoys mentorship and teaching opportunities outside the classroom, and has served as advisor to the Boise State Linguistics Association, a Faculty In Residence for the Arts and Sciences Residential College, a faculty mentor for several Honors theses and Student Research Program projects, and has supervised over 40 undergraduate interns since 2010.


  • Ph.D., Linguistics, University of Southern California
  • M.A., Linguistics, California State University, Northridge
  • B.A., Linguistics, California State University, Northridge


Phonetics and phonology, psycholinguistics, language documentation, laboratory phonology


  • LING 305: Introduction to Language Studies
  • LING 307: Linguistics in Education
  • LING 312: Introduction to Phonetics and Phonology
  • LING 406: Psycholinguistics
  • LING 498: Linguistics Capstone – Field Methods

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