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John Stokes recently graduated from Harvard with a degree in linguistics. He completed an honors thesis project on ergativity in languages (a linguistic trait which leads some languages to treat sentence subjects differently from the way nominative languages, such as English, do), attempting to explain and reconcile differences between ergative and nominative languages. He’s now a rising second-year student at Yale Law. In his free time, John likes to sail. (Some believe he may even be the long-lost son of Poseidon himself.)

 

 

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Sandeep Prasanna recently graduated from Duke with an individually designed degree examining the dynamics of language evolution, acquisition, and historical change. He completed an honors thesis project on the role of communication and punishment in economic and social-psychological models of how humans cooperate. While at Duke, Sandeep wrote a popular column on language for the campus newspaper, The Chronicle. He’s now a rising second-year student at UCLA Law. In his free time, Sandeep likes to soothe passers-by with some carefully selected vocal melodies.

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