Grace Cooper, daughter of Terence and Patricia Cooper, is currently pursuing her Bachelor’s degree in Spanish. Grace has also taken an interest in anthropology and sociology in the last year. She will be working towards her Ph.D. in Sociolinguistics, which will allow her to utilize her language skills and follow her academic and personal interests. Grace’s dream is to live and research in communities with large Spanish and English speaking populations.
Upon entering Eastern, Grace was awarded the EWU Academic Honors Scholarship and the Eastern Advantage Scholarship. She has dedicated herself to maintaining her status as a scholar and in recognition of her determination she was accepted to the Trio Ronald E. McNair Post Baccalaureate Achievement Program.
Grace is also an active member of the residential community on the EWU campus. For the past two years she has worked for Housing and Residential Life as a Community Advisor for the Global Perspectives Living Learning Community. As a Community Advisor, Grace has strived to create a comfortable and educational living environment in which her residents can focus on academia and forming healthy relationships with other students and faculty.
Grace is the first member of her family to seek higher education. Throughout her life and her time in the world of academia she has had their support, encouragement, and guidance to help her become a successful student and person. Grace admits she would not be who she is today without their nurturing and love.
Dr. Julia Smith, Professor, Department of Anthroplogy, EWU
2012 TRiO McNair Research Internship- Intentions and Perceptions of Coded Switching Amongst Spanish-English Bilinguals
Cooper, Grace, (Julia Smith), Anthropology, Spanish, Eastern Washington University, Washington
In a multilingual world, speakers often mix their languages within a single conversation, sentence, or phrase and this is formally known as code-switching. While some researchers have approached this topic from a structural standpoint, I want to cover more social aspects of code-switching and explore a different set of questions. Specifically, this project focuses on the interpretations and intentions of Spanish-English bilingual code-switchers. I conducted a series of semi-structured interviews with a group of Spanish-English speakers in the local Spokane area to better explore this topic. I played four musical selections as examples of code-switching to stimulate participants' responses to the questions about code-switching. My results demonstrate that understandings of code-switching have shifted away from findings of previous studies. For example, English has been reported as the preferred language amongst Spanish-English speaker, but this research reveals that Spanish has now become the more valued language amongst speakers.
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