Our graduate students commit to excellence
By Nicolas Noé
Last academic year, our graduate students once again demonstrated their academic and pedagogical excellence, whether by obtaining prestigious scholarships and teaching awards, presenting their research work at major conferences, publishing in quality journals, or contributing to the scientific community by organizing a graduate conference. Let’s have a closer look at the outstanding contribution of our graduates to IU’s teaching success and renowned research activity.
All through the past academic year, all the FRIT concentrations have been particularly active research-wise. In French linguistics, Kai Owens (MA, 2023) gave several talks and presented multiple posters last year. They presented a paper at the Linguistic Society of America Annual Meeting entitled “Musical genres exhibit distinct sociophonetic targets in Quebec French,” which will be published in the Proceedings of the Linguistic Society of America. They were the “Best student poster” award recipient at the Annual meeting of the Canadian Linguistics Association, May 31st-June 2nd, in Toronto, Ontario (Canada). Their poster re-evaluated the role of duration in Laurentian French high vowel laxing.
Jennifer Cox (MA, 2022) was awarded a Foreign Language and Area Studies award to study Arabic over the Summer of 2023. Last June, she presented online a paper entitled “The influence of nation-state ideologies on minority language standardization and policy” for the British Association of Applied Linguistics conference in London, England, and two papers about Picard in the spring at the 7th Forging Linguistic Identities Conference: Language in the Nation, the Region & the World in Towson, Maryland, and the International Conference on Language Documentation and Conservation in Honolulu, Hawaii.
For her part, Jane Gilbert presented two posters this semester at the Acoustical Society of America and Manchester Phonology Meeting and returned to France to take part in IU Honors pro- gram in foreign languages dedicated to high school students during the summer. She is part of Prof. Laurent Dekydtspotter’s processing lab with fellow graduate student Decker Pope and presented at the lab’s spring colloquium. She also co-chaired Share Fair with French and Francophone Studies PhD candidate Jade Liu (MA, French and Francophone Studies, 2019).