I am a PhD student in linguistics at the University of Edinburgh, where I am part of Nilotic@Edinburgh and the Phonetics and Phonology Research Group. I currently work on the Leverhulme Trust-funded project ‘Suprasegmentals in three West Nilotic languages’ (PI Bert Remijsen). My research involves the description of the Dinka language, whose complex suprasegmental system involves independently contrastive tone, vowel length, and voice quality. I study the tone systems of numerous dialects of Dinka, as well as the interactions between tone and voice quality. My research interests broadly include tone, morphophonology, and the description of understudied and undocumented languages. My pronouns are she/her.
How I pronounce my name: [mɪ.ˈɹɛ.lə blʌm]
For the 2021-2022 academic year, I am the student representative from Linguistics & English Language (LEL) for the PPLS Equality, Diversity & Inclusion committee. If you are a student in LEL, please feel free to contact me if you have questions or issues with anything related to EDI.