Kelli Emerson '19

1. Why was it important to you to include a linguistics-oriented IIM or a Linguistics minor as part of your studies while you were at Luther?

The linguistics minor complimented my studies as an English major, especially my medieval literature course. The minor gave me a deeper understanding of language learning and language change, and was a huge benefit when studying abroad during and after Luther.

2. What sort of occupation or professional activity are you engaged in now?

I’m a program manager for a folk art and cultural center.

3. In what ways has the knowledge you gained through studying linguistics contributed to how you engage with your current work and/or the world in general?

My work revolves around providing opportunities for people to engage in folklore, folk art, and cultural experiences, of which language is a major factor. Linguistics adds to my understanding of the depth of importance language has to culture and cultural experience.