Connor Mayer

Connor Mayer

Department of Linguistics
3125 Campbell Hall, UCLA
Los Angeles, CA

My obligatory name IPA is ['khɑ.nɚ 'meɪɹ].

I grew up in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, but I moved to Vancouver to study Japanese at the University of British Columbia. After a while I realized that I was more interested in language in general than Japanese in particular, so I switched my major to linguistics. Linguistics in turn got me interested in programming, and I did a condensed two-year degree in computer science at UBC after I graduated. After I graduated (again), I jumped ship from linguistics completely and worked for a few years at Demonware, a subsidiary of the video game publisher Activision, where I helped provide online services for a few very popular video games, and some less popular ones. Linguistics still had it hooks in me though, and in 2016 I moved to LA to do a PhD in linguistics at UCLA.

I play a few different instruments, including drums, bass, ukulele, piano, and flute. I've played in bands since I was 15 and toured across the continent 5-10 times (I can't remember exactly). Bands I've played in that you might have heard of (but probably haven't) are Peace and All Purpose Voltage Heroes.

I've got my Japanese Language Proficiency Test Level 2, but I'm a bit rusty these days. My capstone Japanese project was a translation of Akutagawa Ryūnosuke's suicide note (original here).

I like jogging, cycling, tennis, cross-country skiing, and five-pin bowling (the last two are tough down here). I'm in pretty standard nerd territory when I say I like reading sci-fi, but I'm also a big fan of horror and history.

Last updated December 14th, 2016.
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