Welcome!

AvocadoI’m a second year graduate student in the Linguistics Department at the University of Maryland, College Park (UMD). My advisors are Maria Polinsky and Omer Preminger.

I’m interested in morphosyntax, with an empirical focus on the Mayan and Bantu language families. I have also been involved in several language reclamation and documentation projects in California (Rumsen) and my home country, Guatemala (Xinka, Kaqchikel).

I carry out most of my research through UMD’s Guatemala Field Station, which is managed by the Language Science Center.

Before coming to UMD, I received a BA in Linguistics and Cognitive Science from Pomona College and an MPhil in Theoretical and Applied Linguistics from the University of Cambridge.

Contact me:
rranero [at] umd [dot] edu

1417 A Marie Mount Hall
College Park, MD 20742

(Lake Atitlán photograph by Gaby Andy Films & Photography)