This series aims to provide an opportunity for graduate students in the Department of Modern Languages at the University of Mississippi to present their research in preparation for submitting to journals and presenting at conferences.
A graduate student-run organization, the Colloquia will be held each month during the Fall and Spring semesters. At each event, one or two students will volunteer to present their original research. The presenters will not only improve their public presentation skills, but also receive valuable feedback on their work from their peers and the Modern Languages faculty.
Each hour-long Colloquium will ideally incorporate two 20-minute presentations followed by 10 minutes of questions and feedback for each presenter.
In her study, Arwa explores Saudi Arabian females' preferred English varieties and the reasons that lie under the participants' choice. She administered an online survey for 20 EFL participants that revealed that the American dialect is preferred over the British for a number of reasons including accessibility, explicitness, and overall popularity.
Shanshan investigates whether there is a greater likelihood of producing passives with animate (as opposed to inanimate) patients being placed in the grammatical subject position during syntactic priming activities.