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Michael Colley
PhD, Linguistics. Author of A Foreigner in Rio.

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2009: Ph.D., Linguistics, Rice University, Houston, Texas. Dissertation: Diphthongization in Brazilian Portuguese. Download PDF

2004: M.A., Linguistics Program, University of Georgia, Athens. Thesis: The Use of Corpora in Second Language Learning. Download PDF

2001: B.A. in Anthropology with minor in Linguistics, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia.


2011-Present: Language Engineer, Nexidia, Atlanta, Georgia.

2010: Freelance Translator, Translation of documents from Portuguese and Spanish to English.

2005-2009: Teaching Assistant, Linguistics Department, Rice University, Houston, Texas. Teaching assistant for classes in sociolinguistics, phonetics and phonology, and introductory linguistics.

2005-2006: Teacher, Bilingual Education Institute, Houston, Texas. ESL teacher

2004-2005: Writer, Centro Cultural Anglo-Americano (CCAA), Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Developed textbooks, tests, and other teaching materials for CCAA, a franchise of English courses in Brazil, and CCLS, an international publishing company.

2004: Teacher, Fisk, Niterói, Brazil. EFL teacher.

2004: Teacher, American Center, Niterói, Brazil. EFL teacher.

2002-2003: Teaching Assistant, University of Georgia. Online@UGA, a computer literacy course, with emphasis on web design and research.

2002-2003: Computer Lab Technician and Web Master, Linguistics Program, University of Georgia. Maintained computer lab, updated web site and faculty/student e-mail lists.

2002-2003: Writing Tutor, University of Georgia. Helped non-native speakers of English with compositions.

1998: Computer Assistant, Department of Ethics, Emory University. Maintained computers for department.


Colley, Michael (submitted 2010). "Language Variation in Brazil: The Case of Diphthongs in Rio de Janeiro." Language Variation and Change. Download PDF

-- (submitted 2009). "The Role of Speaking Style and Context in the Accuracy of Automated Speech Recognition." American Speech. Download PDF

-- (in progress). "Investigating the Incomplete Neutralization of Flaps in North American English." Download PDF

Antieau, Lamont, and Michael Colley (2005). "South America: Brazil." Encyclopedia of Linguistics. Ed. Philipp Strazny. New York: Routledge.

Conerence Presentations

2009: "Investigating the Incomplete Neutralization of Flaps in North American English." Acoustical Society of America. San Antonio, TX. Download PDF

2009: "Diphthongization in Brazilian Portuguese." Hispanic Linguistic Symposium. San Juan, Puerto Rico. Download PDF

2008: "Why Variation Matters: The Case of Automated Speech Recognition." New Ways of Analyzing Variation (NWAV) 37. Houston, TX. Download PDF

2007: "Diph-, monoph-, and other thongs from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil." New Ways of Analyzing Variation (NWAV) 36. Philadelphia, PA. Download PDF

2003: "The fronting of /u/ among African Americans: Evidence from LAMSAS data." South Atlantic Modern Language Association (SAAMLA). Atlanta, GA.


2009: Rice University Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies Summer Dissertation Award.

2005-2009: Rice University Linguistics Fellowship.

Service and Community Outreach

2002-2003: Vice President. University of Georgia Linguistics Society.

1999: English Tutor. Memorial Drive Presbyterian Church. (Helped teach English to Kosovo refugees).

Study Abroad Programs

1999: Ecuador. Anthropology and sociology, with focus on cultural change in developing societies.

2000: India. Hindi and culture of India.

2002: Brazil. Portuguese and independent study of linguistic research.

Foreign Languages

Portuguese: Fluent

Spanish: Advanced

French: Conversational

Cape Verde Creole, Hindi, Mandarin Chinese, Akan: Basic knowledge

Programming Languages

Java, C++, Python, Ruby