Splash Biography



JAMES MARMORA, NJIT junior studying Mechanical Engineering




Major: Mechanical Engineering

College/Employer: NJIT

Year of Graduation: 2020

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Brief Biographical Sketch:

Currently I'm majoring in Mechanical Engineering and minoring in Computational Mathematics. My other pursuits include literature, philosophy, economics, and foreign languages (the technical term for me is "autodidact").

For a short while I studied digital composition with Dr. Kenneth Lampl, a former student of John Williams, though my college career has put an end to that. I also formerly played keyboard and rhythm guitar for the band StarDrop (in addition to assistance with composition). However, my workload as an engineering student has gotten too large, and music has become a thing of the past for me.

I'm also a polyglot. My native language is English, and I learned Spanish through public school. I spent a good portion of high school teaching myself Turkish and, later on, some Portuguese. I also spent my freshman year in college teaching myself Ukrainian. As of late, I have been studying German and Japanese; however, as I have been busy with the engineering curriculum, I haven't had time to develop my skills very well in either of those. My competence levels are as follows:
English - C2
Spanish - B2
Turkish - B1
Portuguese - A2
Ukrainian - A2



Past Classes

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H250: Introduction to Historical Linguistics in Splash Spring 2020 (Mar. 28, 2020)
Historical linguistics is the study of how languages change over time. It seeks to find patterns in how languages in different parts of the world in different times have changed, often without the aid of historical documents. Its bread and butter is the comparative method, which is systematic way of using analyses of sister languages to reconstruct the speech of people who lived hundreds or even thousands of years ago. We can even tell things about the way people lived, and gain insights into ancient population movements, with the help of archaeological and genetic data. But unlike those methods, you never have to pick up a shovel or step into a lab to uncover secrets from the distant past.


H151: Intro to Turkish in Splash Spring 2019 (Apr. 13, 2019)
Turkish is one of the most bizarre languages you'll ever find. You might think it's like Arabic, or maybe even like Russian, but you would be wrong! Turkish has its own family, related to such exotic languages as Mongolian, Finnish, and (arguably) Japanese! Along with an overview of the language, you'll learn about Turkish culture and some of the country's history.


H63: Intro to Turkish in Splash Spring 2018 (Mar. 24, 2018)
Turkish is one of the most bizarre languages you'll ever find. You might think it's like Arabic, or maybe even like Russian, but you would be wrong! Turkish has its own family, related to such exotic languages as Mongolian, Finnish, and (debatably) Japanese! Along with learning a few phrases and how to form some simple sentences, you'll learn about Turkish culture and some of the country's history.


H7: Intro to Turkish in Splash Spring 2017 (Mar. 25, 2017)
Turkish is one of the most bizarre languages you'll ever find. You might think it's just like Arabic, or maybe even like Bulgarian or Russian, but you would be wrong! Turkish has its own family, related to such exotic languages as Mongolian, Finnish, and (debatably) Japanese! Along with learning a few phrases and how to form sentences, you'll learn about Turkish culture, a bit of history, its cuisine, and maybe play a game or two, time permitting!