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Karina High

M. Phil. in Romance Studies, French and Italian, University of Vienna, Austria

2014-2015 Walther Scholar
Karina High



I am a first-year graduate student in French Linguistics. In 2013, I completed a M. Phil. in Romance Studies, with a major in French and a minor in Italian at the University of Vienna. The same year, I furthermore received a BA at the University of Vienna, Austria, with a major in Ancient History and minors in Papyrology, Epigraphy, and Numismatics.

Several factors throughout my education have contributed to my interest in French linguistics. Initially, it was sparked in high school when I encountered the stimulating combination of highly competent French native-speaker teaching assistants and intriguing discussions about etymology in Latin classes. Later, already a student at the University of Vienna, I spent a year abroad as an exchange student at the Université Catholique de l'Ouest in Angers, France. This allowed me to make great strides in refining my active and passive knowledge of the French language; it also solidified my wish to pursue advanced studies in the area of French linguistics.

Not in the least to be discounted, finally, is my experience in the field of Ancient History. It established within me a richly patterned socio-political framework in which to set the development of the Romance languages. It is perhaps not altogether unexpected, then, that my research focuses on lines of inquiry that intersect with historical linguistics, language contact, and sociolinguistics.


Comparative and Diachronic Romance Linguistics; Language Variation and Contact; Romance Morphology; Sociolinguistics.
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