Tyler Méndez Kline

Tyler Mendez Kline Portrait

Position Title
PhD Candidate



  • MA in Linguistics - UC Davis, 2023
  • BA in Linguistics - UC Berkeley, 2018


I am a sixth year Ph.D. candidate advised by Dr. Robert Bayley and specializing in sociolinguistics. My dissertation research focuses on the role of prosody in bilingual storytelling and identity practices, specifically within Mexican American communities. Beyond that, I am also affiliated with the UC Davis Phonetics Lab and the Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) Research Group, where I work with other scholars in both linguistics and other departments to address various questions about the processes underlying human-computer interaction. I also do work looking at language ideologies, sociolinguistic perception, and social media discourse.

Research Focus

Variation, sociophonetics, multilingualism, narrative inquiry, discourse analysis, human-computer interaction.


Méndez Kline, T. (2023). Sociolinguistic perception of lexical and syntactic variation among Persian-English bilinguals. Proceedings of the Linguistic Society of America, 8(1), 5515. 

Holland, C. L., Bayley, R., Méndez Kline, T., & Rud, J. A. (In press). Variation in heritage speakers’ written Spanish: Subject pronouns and discourse connectedness. In R. Orozco, R. Mendes, & M. Hoffman (Eds.), Cross-linguistic trends in language variation and change. Amsterdam: John Benjamins.

Zellou, G., Cohn, M., & Kline, T. (2021) The Influence of Conversational Role on Speech Alignment toward Voice-AI and Human Interlocutors. Language, Cognition, & Neuroscience, DOI: 10.1080/23273798.2021.1931372


UC Davis Associate Instructor

  • LIN/COMM 5: Global English & Intercultural Communication
  • LIN 103A: Linguistic Analysis I
  • LIN 160: American Voices
  • SPA 003: Elementary Spanish 3

UC Davis Teaching Assistant

  • LIN 001: Introduction to Linguistics
  • LIN 006: Language and Society
  • LIN 103A: Linguistic Analysis I
  • LIN 160: American Voices

ESL Teaching

  • UC Davis: Culture & Communication Program (CCP)
    • Listening and Pronunciation
    • Intercultural Research Project
  • UC Davis: English, Science, & Technology (EST)
    • Listening and Pronunciation



Professors for the Future, 2021-2022
Public Scholars for the Future, 2022-2023