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Chappell Elected as MLA Delegate

December 20, 2018

Dr. Whitney Chappell, UTSA Assistant Professor of Hispanic Linguistics, has been elected to the Modern Language Association (MLA) Delegate Assembly for a three-year term.  Chappell is one of nine scholars representing Language Studies and Linguistics in the organization.

The MLA is a leading advocate for the study and teaching of languages and literatures and serves as a clearinghouse for professional resources for teachers and scholars. 

Dr. Chappell is a Hispanic linguist,specializing in sociophonetic variation across monolingual and bilingual dialects of Spanish and languages in contact with Spanish. Her research sheds light on how different phonetic realizations are used to encode meaning and negotiate identity within a broader social setting, contributing to our understanding of sociolinguistics, phonetics, and dialectology.  She is the advisor for the UTSA Graduate Certificate in Linguistics program.

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