Award: Fulbright U.S. Inter-country Award
Dr Whitney Chappell is an Associate Professor of Hispanic linguistics at the University of Texas at San Antonio and a 2019 Fulbright Scholar at the Universidad de Murcia in Spain. Her research focuses on sociophonetic variation in the Spanish-speaking world, or how Spanish speakers construct social meaning through their use of contextualized linguistic variants. At the Universidad de Murcia Dr. Chappell is teaching in the Theoretical and Applied Linguistics MA program and conducting an experiment on how linguistic information, i.e. dialect, and visual information, i.e. skin color, work together to condition listener evaluations of a speaker’s social properties. At Maynooth University Dr. Chappell will be giving two seminars in the new Taught MA program in Applied Linguistics and Intercultural Studies and a research seminar in the School of Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures as part of Maynooth University’s celebration of 20 years of Spanish and Latin American Studies.