The Department of French and Italian

French Linguistics Graduate Student Rebekah Post Receives a National Science Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grant

Sat, May 11, 2013

Rebekah PostThe Linguistics Program of the NSF has recommended Beki Post's dissertation for a Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grant. This funding will help Beki significantly advance her project, "The impact of social factors on the syntactic patterns of Arabic-French code-switching among Moroccan young adults". Although Arabic is the official language of Morocco, French is often the language of business, government, and diplomacy. Bilinguals often switch back and forth between languages while speaking, a phenomenon known as “code-switching”.

This summer after seven weeks in Lyon, France as student assistant for UT's Lyon Summer Study Abroad Program Becki will travel to Morocco where with the generous support from the Department of Middle Eastern Studies and additional support from her home department, she will attend an intensive Arabic language program and establish contacts for her French linguistics research. As a recipient of a generous Julia Emerson Walther Fellowship, Beki will be able to extend her stay in Morocco through the fall semester to collect data on Arabic-French code-switching.

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