UC BerkeleyLinguistics

             About Me


I was born in 1986 and grew up in the northern Kentucky area in Greater Cincinnati. My parents, Donn and Pamela Manker, as well as my brother, Christopher, are all teachers. After thirteen years of school I moved to Lexington, Kentucky in 2004 where I attended the University of Kentucky and studied Linguistics and Classics. In 2008 I moved back home and attended Northern Kentucky University and studied music. In 2010 I moved to Fairbanks, Alaska where I attended the University of Alaska, Fairbanks and received my Master's degree in Linguistics, Language Documentation. Most recently, in 2012 I moved to Bay Area and began work on my M.A./Ph.D. in Linguistics at Berkeley.

Family History

In my spare time I like to research family history. My father's family is from the British Isles, Germany, and Hungary; my mother's entire family is from Pendleton and Bracken County Kentucky (going back over 200 years), coming mostly from Ireland, Germany, and England.

The picture to the right shows my great grandfather Charles Manker, Sr., a Unitarian minister and polyglot. As a youth he learned Choctaw and Cherokee in Oklahoma, later German and Spanish as well as the biblical languages. He is is translating a piece of the Dead Sea Scrolls in this picture.



In my free time I enjoy listening to, playing, and composing music. I have played piano for years have composed pieces for solo piano, choral, and chamber ensemble. I enjoyed Renaissance (Dufay) and Baroque (Monteverdi, Vivaldi) music, Impressionism (Debussy), early Modernism (Scriabin), and Minimalism (Adams, Hovhaness).