Featured Stories

Playing It By Ear

by Robin Roenker
photos by Lee Thomas

Sometimes what a speaker means to emphasize and what a listener hears are two very different things. Subtle cues—like a rise in pitch—can be missed. That’s especially true when either the speaker or listener is using a language other than his or her native one.

Those language miscues are what most intrigue new UK professor Mingzhen Bao.

Rediscovering the Maya

by Jason Lee Miller
photos by Mark Cornelison

Academic roads can lead to some interesting places. Rusty Barrett, an expert in sociolinguistics and professor in the University of Kentucky’s College of Arts and Sciences, perhaps never dreamed when he began studying Russian and Soviet culture in the 1980s that he would one day wander covered in mud through the Guatemalan wilderness in search of a Maya village.

Patrick Sgueglia

Undergraduate Student

Jeff Keith

History Ph.D. Student


Enter your linkblue username.
Enter your linkblue password.
Secure Login

This login is SSL protected