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Michal Temkin Martinez


Director, The Mary Ellen Ryder Linguistics Lab

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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 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

Recent Publications

  • Temkin Martinez, Michal and Vanessa Rosenbaum (undergraduate student). Accepted. Acoustic and Aerodynamic Data for Somali Chizigula Stops. In Africa’s Endangered Languages: Documentary and Theoretical Approaches. Kandybowicz, Jason and Harold Torrence (eds.).
  • Soelberg, Terri, Michal Temkin Martinez, Mikal Black, and Pamela Springer. 2015b. Training African Refugee Interpreters for Health Related Research. Online Journal of Cultural Competence in Nursing and Healthcare.
  • Black, Mikal, Pamela Springer, Terri Soelberg, and Michal Temkin Martinez. 2015a. Health Conditions of Post Resettlement African Refugees in Boise, ID. Online Journal of Cultural Competence in Nursing and Healthcare.
  • Temkin Martinez, Michal. 2014. Using the Livescribe Echo Smartpen for Language Documentation. Technology Review section of Language Documentation and Conservation 8. 241-250.
  • Temkin Martinez, Michal. 2013b. Modern Hebrew Phonology in Optimality Theory. Encyclopedia of Hebrew Language and Linguistics. 138-141. Boston: MA. Brill.
  • Temkin Martinez, Michal. 2013a. Variation and Preferences in Modern Hebrew Nonce Verbs. eLanguage – LSA Annual Meeting Extended Abstracts (ExtAbs).


  • 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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