In progress                   Ph.D. in Linguistics 

        • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

2011                            M.A. in Linguistics

        • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
        • Thesis: “Competing Factors in Phonological Learning Models: The Acquisition of English Consonant Clusters”

2009                            B.A. in Linguistics (Interdisciplinary Study)

        • Hendrix College, Conway, AR
Teaching Experience

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill                                                       

  • Instructor: English 105: Composition and Rhetoric
    • August 2013 – present
  • Tutor:  Writing and Linguistics
    • September 2013 – present
  • Instructor: LING 101 Online: Introduction to Linguistics
    • Spring 2013 – Sum.Sess.II 2013
    • Fall 2011 – Spring 2012
  • Teaching Assistant: LING 101: Introduction to Linguistics
    • Fall 2012
    • Fall 2010 – Spring 2011
  • Instructor: LING 101, Introduction to Linguistics
    • Summer Session II 2012     

P-side (Phonetics and Phonology Research Group)                                              

  • January 2011 – present
    • Presented recent research, provided feedback and productive questions on other members’ research, and discussed group readings

 K-side (S’gaw Karen Research Group)                                                                               

  • January 2013 – present
    • Conducted research with two native speakers of S’gaw Karen.
    • Developed contacts and fliers to recruit in the local Karen community, presented research, and aided others in the development of experiments and interpretation of data.

Research Assistant                                                                                                                           

  • May 2011 – May 2012
    • Oversaw research experiments for Drs. Moreton and Pertsova, contacted participants, conducted experiments, and attended lab meetings to discuss results.

2015. Amy Reynolds. “Karen English: An emergent language community in the American South”. Linguistics Society of the University of Georgia (LSUGA) 2, October 9th.

—. Amy Reynolds. “Karen English: A new American Southern Language Community”. Southeastern Conference of Linguistics (SECOL) 82, April 9-11th.

—. Jen Boehm, Emily Moeng, and Amy Reynolds. “Modeling English phonological structures: A case study of frequency effects in S’gaw Karen speakers”. Southeastern Conference of Linguistics (SECOL) 82, April 9-11th.

2014. Amy Reynolds. “Computer Children: Teasing Apart the Assumptions Behind Learning Mechanisms and the Influence of Different Factors on Language Acquisition”UNC’s University Research Day, March 14th.


2015. Amy Reynolds. “Refugee Life and Language in America: The Case of Karen”. Center for the Study of the American South (CSAS) Summer Research Grant poster session, September 25th.

—. Emily Moeng, Jen Boehm, and Amy Reynolds. “Modeling Frequency Effects in L2 Acquisition of English Consonant Clusters”. Illinois Language and Linguistics Society  (ILLS) 7, April 17 – 18th.

2014. Amy Reynolds. “Learning and Variability: A study into the role of variation in child language acquisition and learning models”. North American Phonology Conference (NAPhC) 8, May 19 – 20th.


UNC Linguistics Graduate Student Association (UNC-LGSA)


  • August 2013 – present
    • Maintained the Linguistics Department website, providing updates and creating new webpages as needed.


  • August 2013 – August 2014
    • Organized and arbitrated LGSA meetings.

Spring Colloquium Coordinator

  • August 2012 – April 2013
  • August 2010 – May 2011
    • Organized and coordinated the spring colloquium, oversaw the various groups, the speakers, schedule, and secured a venue.

Student-Faculty Liaison

  • August 2011 – May 2012
    • Attended faculty meetings with updates on the graduate students and relayed concerns/questions between the Linguistics faculty and graduate students.

Spectrogram Lunch Coordinator

  • August 2009 – May 2010
    • Organized a time and venue for the Spectrogram Lunch throughout the semester.

UNC Linguistics Outreach Group


  • January 2013 – present
    • Presented information about linguistics and what we study to a high school class
    • Planned and implemented ideas for engaging the community and inspiring interest in Linguistics.