I am a PhD candidate in linguistics at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. My research centers on the vitality of the Indigenous languages of North America, where I work at the intersection of first language acquisition, polysynthetic morphosyntax, and language documentation and description.
My dissertation focuses on the acquisition of nominal inflection in Northern East Cree, an Algonquian language spoken in Northern Québec, Canada. This dissertation research is supported by a National Science Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grant (NSF Award ID: 1912062), from the Documenting Endangered Languages Program (DEL).
Contact: rhenke [at] hawaii [dot] edu