Dr. Michal Temkin Martínez is an Assistant Professor of Linguistics and founding
director of the Mary Ellen Ryder Linguistics Lab with the Department of English. She
earned her Ph.D. in Linguistics from the University of Southern California (USC). She is
an experimental phonologist, and her main areas of research focus on phonology, phonetics
and psycholinguistics with a particular interest in variation and exceptionality. Her
research on variation has focused on Modern Hebrew and Rioplatense Spanish. As Director
of the Boise Language Project (BLP), she has also been working on the documentation of
languages spoken by refugees residing in the Boise area. She is currently working on a
collaborative project with Professor Emeritus Jon Dayley and Somali-Bantu community
members to document Chizigula. Dr. Temkin Martínez has been at Boise State University
since Fall 2009 and has taught Introduction to Language Studies, Introduction to
Phonetics and Phonology, Psycholinguistics, Linguistics in Education, Language and Mind,
and the Capstone course in Linguistic Field Methods. 



Sources of Non-conformity in Phonology: Variation and Exceptionality in Modern Hebrew Spirantization (Dissertation) (2010)

This dissertation investigates the integration of two sources of non-conformity – exceptionality and variation –...


Articles & Conference Proceedings


Modeling Acceptability of Variation in Modern Hebrew, Tampa Papers in Linguistics (2012)

Modern Hebrew spirantization (MHS) is a highly variable process with many exceptions. This paper reports...



Exceptionality and Variation in Modern Hebrew Spirantization, Proceedings of the 27th West Coast Conference on Formal Linguistics (2008)

This paper presents an analysis of allophony, exceptionality, and variation in Modern Hebrew spirantization within...



Exceptions Encoded at the Segmental Level, Proceedings of the 26th West Coast Conference on Formal Linguistics (2008)

This paper discusses the need for including treatment of exceptions as segmental-level phenomena in the...


Refereed Linguistics Presentations


Specific Exceptions Driving Variation: The Case of Spirantization in Modern Hebrew (with Ivana Müllner), Annual Meeting on Phonology (2015)

Spirantization in Modern Hebrew has high levels of variation in its acquisition and production largely...


A Production Study of Spirantization in Modern Hebrew Verbs (with Ivana Müllner), NorthWest Phonetics & Phonology Conference (NoWPhon) (2015)

In this talk, we report the results of an experiment examining variation in the production...


Language Documentation and Resettlement: Collaborations Between New Americans and Linguists, University of Texas at Arlington Student Conference in Linguistics & TESOL (2015)

Each year, thousands of refugees from around the world are resettled in the United States....


Documenting Refugee Languages in the Diaspora: The Boise Language Project, 3rd International Conference on Language Documentation and Conservation (2013)

In this talk, we will discuss the work set forth by the Boise Language Project...



Variation and Preferences in Modern Hebrew Nonce Verbs, Linguistic Society of America (2013)

This paper reports a production experiment examining variation in Modern Hebrew spirantization. Modern Hebrew spirantization...


Refereed Teaching-Related Presentations

Language Documentation as a Tool for Post-Baccalaureate Success, 4th International Conference on Language Documentation & Conservation (2015)


Linguistics at Boise State University, How Does the Prosperity of the Undergraduate Major in Linguistics Affect the Prosperity of the Field? (2012)

Invited Talks and Presentations

Refugee Resettlement and Language Documentation, Colloquium Series, Department of Linguistics, Fresno State University (2013)

Talk highlighted the main goals and accomplishments of the Boise Language Project — a language...


Using Aerodynamic Data to Document Chizigula (Oral and Nasal) Stops, University of Southern California (2013)

Temkin Martínez described preliminary findings from her current project as an Arts and Humanities Institute...



Transitioning from Graduate Student to Professor, USC Center for Teaching and Learning (2012)

I was invited to give the annual talk on transitioning into a tenure-track position from...



mLearning Scholars Panel (with Allan Heaps, Barbara Schroeder, David Rickels, Nicole Molumby, Leslie Madsen-Brooks, Michal Temkin Martinez, Sam Matson, Lutana Haan, Sharon Tabor, Denice Liley, and Yu-Chang Hsu), Mobile Learning Symposium (2011)

The Spring 2011 mLearning Scholars will discuss their experience as a panel. Questions will be...


Contributions to Books


Phonology, Optimality Theory: Modern Hebrew, Encyclopedia of Hebrew Language and Linguistics (2013)

This encyclopedia entry shows how Optimality Theory (OT hereafter; Prince and Smolensky 1993) may be...



Modern Hebrew Phonology in Optimality Theory, Encyclopedia of Hebrew Language and Linguistics (2012)