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Biography:

Chris is a PhD student in Spanish linguistics and Language Science. Born and raised in the Scranton area (NEPA), Chris came to Penn State as an undergraduate as a student of Biology with plans to go into the medical field. As an undergraduate student, he traveled to Costa Rica and Curacao to do field research in ecology and coastal biology. However, towards the end of his undergraduate tenure at Penn State, he discovered linguistics while picking up a second bachelor’s degree in Spanish. After graduation, he decided to withdraw his medical school applications and traveled to Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic to teach English at the Pontificia Universidad Católica Madre y Maestra. As a student of Spanish linguistics, Chris is interested in the sociolinguistic aspects of L1 acquisition. Specifically, he studies the mechanisms behind the acquisition of variation in subject expression in Spanish. Currently Chris works with Dr. Karen Miller on her NSF grant that explores the acquisition of variation in Dominican children.