Interpreting and Translation Studies

ITS Alumna Earns NSF Grant

ITS Alumna Earns NSF Grant

Tris Faulker, ITS 2014, has earned a prestigious National Science Foundation grant for her work with Corpus Linguistics as a doctoral student at Georgetown University, Washington, DC. Below is part of the abstract that was presented as part of the award process.

“The Romance language family is known to have a productive contrast between two verbal ‘moods’, the subjunctive and the indicative. Subjunctive-selecting clauses are those in which a speaker expresses a desire, demand, doubt, emotion, possibility, purpose, or cause. According to traditional grammar, Spanish, being a Romance language, also adheres to these restrictions. However, contrary to what is expected, Spanish-speakers select the indicative in many ‘subjunctive-requiring’ environments. Many frameworks used to describe the choice of mood focus exclusively on prescriptively correct patterns of selection. As a result, the unexpected use of indicative in subjunctive clauses is left untouched by traditional semantic theory. This dissertation research project, thus, aims to develop a semanto-pragmatic account of mood that can explain mood variation that is non-prescriptive. However, prior to developing such an account, the current project seeks to confirm the extent to which this variability exists, as well as the dialects in which it is present. In this way, a more comprehensive description of the Spanish mood system that accounts for both dialect-specific and non-prescriptive variability will become available. This will lead to a better understanding of Spanish, the second most common language spoken in the U.S.”

For the complete abstract follow this link:

https://nsf.gov/awardsearch/showAward?AWD_ID=1941846&HistoricalAwards=false