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About Michal Temkin Martinez

Dr. Michal Temkin Martínez is an Associate Professor of Linguistics and founding director of the Mary Ellen Ryder Linguistics Lab with the English Department. 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.


Present Assistant Professor, Department of English, Boise State University Department of English
Present Director, Mary Ellen Ryder Linguistics Lab, Boise State University Mary Ellen Ryder Linguistics Lab

Curriculum Vitae



2019 - 2020 Grant to further scholarship of teaching and learning of linguistics
National Science Foundation (NSF)
Role: Co-Primary Investigator
Colleague(s): Kazuko Hiramatsu
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Honors and Awards

  • 2013 - Idaho Humanities Council Major Grant
  • 2013 - Community Collaborations Fellow, Arts and Humanities Institute, Boise State University, "Documenting Refugee Languages – a Dictionary and Grammar of Mushungulu”
  • 2011 - Outstanding Faculty Member, BSU English Department (student votes)
  • 2011 - Golden Apple Teaching Award, ASBSU (student votes)
  • Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society
  • 2008 - Final Year Dissertation Fellowship
  • 2008 - USC University Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award
  • 2005, 2007 - Del Amo Graduate Fellowship for Spanish Research

Contact Information

1910 University Drive
Boise ID 83725-1525
(208) 426-4236


Articles (4)

Contributions to Books (2)

Conference Proceedings (3)

Reviews (2)

Dissertation (1)

Refereed Linguistics Presentations (14)